Sunday, December 20, 2009

Apologies for the Abandonment

We'll be upgrading and improving the UL all throughout 2010, but the coming few months will see the most progress. Stay tuned and thanks for all your support.


Monday, October 12, 2009

Don't Fork the Project

We, the dedicated trustees of the Underground Library, see no reason for any splinter projects. UL is about expanding and embracing the entire literary community without preference. Your contributions are always welcome here. We've all seen how this goes in the open source development world: one project stays strong and the other dies off. From the beginning we have known that perhaps we were not popular enough to stimulate this project to its full growth. Now, nary a year into the game, people are looking to specialize other projects. To what end? It's easy to believe that one or the other project will come out as the dominant party, but it's much easier to understand that we all win by working together. Let us find and expand our common ground, not raze what's left of it with moves which only serve to gut good intentions. We'll still be here, long after none of this matters anymore. Our only hope is that you will too.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Flurry of Activity, First Award Given

So, as Dave mentioned on the eleventh of last month, he and Ellen Parker have really come out and shown support for the Underground Library. This is fantastic. But simply saying that this is fantastic was not enough for me. I was so astonished at the amount and quality of the content he output in just seven days that I had to take a page from Wikipedia's book--the barnstar--and award him the Tireless Contributor Barnstar (otherwise referred to as the Tireless Contributor Badge).

As things have slowed down and he's begun to run out of articles on which he has expertise, others have shown up to help: Tharris and Gusdotdot are just the two most recent to speak of. More people are contributing in their own ways.

If we're going to talk numbers, I'd like to see 25-100 articles per month in 2010. That's 300-1200 new articles over the course of the year. By 2012, we can hope, we'll be nearing "completion" of the recent history of the underground literary scene. Then we'll begin to make dedicated dives into ancient history: the Realist, the Beat Generation, and so on. We'll cover lesser-known topics in greater detail than anyone else. By 2020 we should be all but "finished" with that--the idea of this site being that we will never be truly finished, and we can then move on to other underground subjects--such as music.

We've only just begun, we're still young.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Ten Most Wanted Pages

One of my favorite features of Underground Library is Wanted Pages. This page shows the top 50 articles not yet created in terms of how many other pages link to them.

The current top ten (okay, eleven, because there's a tie)?
Arlene Ang ‎(5 links)
StorySouth ‎(5 links)
Michael Kimball ‎(4 links)
Derek White ‎(4 links)
Underground Boston ‎(4 links)
Opium ‎(4 links)
Peter Markus ‎(4 links)
Liesl Jobson ‎(4 links)
Robert Lopez ‎(4 links)
Aaron Burch ‎(4 links)
Mary Hamilton ‎(4 links)

Do you know enough about any of these people, places, mags to write a couple sentences? Chances are, you do. So why not log in and create an article on them? It doesn't have to be anything fancy, and doesn't have to take more than five minutes. The articles will get fleshier as more and more people get involved and add their knowledge, whether by creating new articles, or adding to existing ones.

And the people who contribute really are the people who are going to decide which articles get linked to the most. The eleven most linked to existing articles are:

SmokeLong Quarterly ‎(27 links)
FRiGG ‎(23 links)
P. H. Madore ‎(13 links)
Thieves Jargon ‎(13 links)
Dave Clapper ‎(13 links)
Blake Butler ‎(12 links)
Mike Young ‎(11 links)
Elimae ‎(10 links)
Hobart ‎(9 links)
Molly Gaudry ‎(9 links)
Matt Bell ‎(9 links)

Considering that P. H. Madore, Ellen Parker, and I have been the most active contributors so far, that the most linked-to articles are the things we know the most about shouldn't be any surprise. I thoroughly expect that will change considerably as more and more people get involved.

So sign up! Pimp yourself, your friends, your favorite mags by writing about them. You might find it's a hell of a lot of fun.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New Additions, Facebook, & What's To Come


August is almost over already. We had only one new entry this month.

We've made a fan page on Facebook. Soon it will include forums, a group, and possibly a Cause to expand the article base.

Though morale seems to be low, we are still in this 100%. We're going to work on some technical improvements such as OpenID and better navigation.



Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Recent Additions, July 2009

P. H. Madore and Ryan Call made the following additions in July:

Red China Magazine

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Recent Additions, May-June 2009

Molly Gaudry, P. H. Madore, and cdsmith added the following entries to the Library in May and June:

Scantily Clad Press
Willows Wept Review
Ellen Kennedy

Please keep in mind that details are good, pictures are good. Fleshing out articles is best for the bibliographic purposes of this project. Also, when writing an article that references other writers, magazines, books, etc, it is best to [[internally link it]] (like so) so that there are more new pages to be written. It helps in an exponential sense.