Is This Thing On?

By Jason Priestas on August 30, 2010 at 2:59a
All done!Your website is done!

Welcome to Eleven Warriors 3.0!

It was a long and painful Sunday (thanks, .htaccess and cron!), but we're finally living large on Drupal. While there are quite a few differences between the old rig and the new, we tried to keep as much of the look and feel the same to minimize the impact of the change. You should still be able to find the poll, figure out how to comment on a post, and whatnot.

So what's different? Allow me to enumerate.

User Registration: No more handle-jacking or troll assaults, and as users you will be able to do cool things. Said cools things include, but are not limited to: rich commenting, including the ability to upload and place images into comments, and the ability to publish to a user blog. You'll use the same tools and styles we use, other users will be able to comment on your work, and if your post is solid, it will get promoted to the front page.

User blogs were important1 because, there are a lot of great writers in the Buckeyeverse, and not all of them have the time to maintain a blog of their own. Brian Cook put it best when announcing his jump to Drupal:

There is a species of Michigan blog akin to the mayfly. Inspired by this, that, or the other, a reader gets the idea he'll add his voice to the Michigan blogosphere, puts up a couple good posts, and then disappears once the overwhelming feeling of talking to himself is just too much.

These are invariably sad occurrences. Other times people just email me cool stuff, or leave excellent comments that really deserve a wider audience. When I miss these, they die on the vine.

If you're wondering what may or may not make a good post, here are some examples. To start with, all new user blog posts will be highlighted in the sidebar, but as that space gathers momentum, we'll implement charting to recognize the most popular posts or the posts with heavy commenting.

If you'd rather not register at this time, you may still comment, but you'll be limited to plain text and no ability to submit a name, instead becoming "Person from the Internet". Slashdot kind of pioneered this approach, labeling their anon commenters "Anonymous Coward", but it's a bit ironic for "SupBrah48", "tekgoblin" or anyone else with a slightly less anonymous handle to ever be hurling coward bombs, so we opted for the more diplomatic moniker.

[UPDATE: Anonymous comments are currently disabled until we can figure out a clever enough spam strategy.]

As for the nature of anonymous comments, we'll kind of play it by ear. If the noise ever exceeds the signal by too much, we'll move to nix them, but for now, we're going to roll with them.

Forums: If you have something to get off your chest, but it's not the stuff of a full-blown blog post, or would be off-topic to a comment thread on a blog post, the forum is the place to put it. We've gone ahead and created a handful of starter forums covering football, basketball, a ticket exchange, and an off-topic bin. Active forum topics will also be displayed in the sidebar to your right.

Other Features: Polls now support comments. We also finally have a poll archive, if archives are your kind of thing.  Good Shizzy was renamed "Buckshots", and they will support comments as soon as I can fix a bug with a feed API. Finally, we incorporated a Twitter widget displaying the latest from our "Buckeye News" list.

The Future: You should expect a 3.5 release next summer (though some features will go online sooner) as we were more focused on migrating content and initial configuration with this pass. The punch-list:

  • Karma system, so users that consistently post the best stuff are recognized (and given elevated rights and permissions).
  • Structured content! This will allow us to create player and team pages, among other cool applications.
  • A universal tagging system meshed between stories from the staff and user blog posts.

If you have any requests for features, we'd love to hear about them. A thread in the forum has been created for you to report these. Likewise, if you run into any bugs (and there will be some), please let us know about them here.  Finally, if you are a Drupal pro and have tips on what we could be doing better, we're always interested in what you would have to say.

If you're so inclined, you can go here to register a new account. Once there, you're just 90 seconds away from publishing insightful posts to thousands of other fans or starting this site's first great forum rumor.

  • 1 MGoBlog calls these "Diaries" but male Buckeye fans keep no such thing.

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Wil's picture

Love the upgrades!!! I know it's been a while since I've commented, but I've never stopped reading. Keep up the good work guys!

jfunk's picture

Not sure how I feel about the logging in thing. I thought it was entertaining having the random trolls show up every once in a while. It led to some great threads.

Scotch: It may be too early to drink it, yes; but people it is never to early to think about it.

Poe McKnoe's picture

A determined troll is a better troll.  If they go through the time to registered, they've made their commitment to trolling.

buckeyedude's picture

I voted meh, but think it is pretty cool. I like the ability to add an avatar and pictures to posts.

I looked at your "examples" of good posts, but have neither the time(I work 60 to 70 hours a week) nor the expertise to make posts like that.

I'm just an average Joe, and do not work as a professor of Statistics or Computer Science at the University of Phoenix. I love Buckeye football, and found this website to have the most knowledgable commentators and Posters.

Anyway, it should be a fun fall season. See you at the Marshall game(I'm taking my 16 year old boy to his first game in the Shoe!)!



Alex's picture

Thanks for the feedback! That's why the forums or commenting on an article would be perfect for you! Also if you di want to do a blog, they can be whatever you want. It doesn't HAVE to be like the examples. Those are just probably examples that could get jumped to the first page, but the blog posts are just an even bigger platform to vent compared to comments to one of our posts or the forums.

buckeyedude's picture

Thanks Alex, sometimes I don't feel as if "I'm worthy" to post on this site. I check it every day, and sometimes can't help myself.



Jason Priestas's picture

That's silly talk. You're always more than welcome to post whatever you'd like, whether you have two minutes to drop a comment to a story, blog post or forum, or if you find yourself with an abundance of time and you want to tackle a blog post of your own.

Michael's picture

It'll take some getting used to, that's for sure. While I understand the desire to move to a more powerful platform, it seems there are still some stylistic kinks to be worked out; either that or Firefox is screwing up the CSS.

I'll save final judgement until the end of the week. One thing that I'm not entirely sure I'll ever get used to is rich text in the comments (e.g. why Wil's text is one font size larger than everyone elses).

.thei's picture

I agree with this...the rich text option just allows for less consistency visually. Overall I thought the previous version of the site was much tighter aesthetically. Maybe there just needs to be a little bit more white space around each of the content all feels a little bit crammed together.

Jason Priestas's picture

Thanks for the feedback. Commenting should allow for richer elements, but not font size or color changes, so hopefully once we lock down all of the styling, we'll be good.

The bottom line is that WP is a much more friendly platform to style against than Drupal is, but we still have some work and when done, we think it will be up to par.

JohnBoy's picture

Great job on the site....I like Good Shizzy better than Buckshots though.

Thank you sir! May I have another?

Ian_InsideTheShoe's picture

For the most part I like it guys...I like the whole "8 new comments" 


Good job.

Nik's picture

Not a fan of logging in, but i love the site enough to do it.

this morning when i signed up (on my phone) something was wrong with the scrolling and it would scroll very slowly and was super annoying but when i came back it's not happening anymore, so must just be my phone.

any way the username can be on the left side again? i don't like having to scroll side to side when viewing on my phone. haven't yet noticed anything else about which to complain, i like how the general feel of the site is still the same, it makes me feel safe

RBuck's picture

The first time I looked at the comments I thought everyone's name was NEW. Gonna take some to get used to.

Long live the southend.

Nik's picture

heh, same. i thought it was the new anonymous or something

JaxBuck2010's picture

From one Alex  to another Alex , Great Job On The Website !!!! It's Visually Not Very Different From Before So I Found It Not Hard To Get Used To At All !!!! An Amazing Site , And I Love The New User Blogs Feature , Should Make For Very Interesting Content. Keep Up The Great Work !!!!

Denny's picture

I fear change.

But I like the image used in this post. Fear that I am "aggressively ambivalent" about this whole thing. 

Feel like mayb u r "selling out" to "get blog hits".

Maybe I'm just "jealous" of your "bitching new digs".

Looks great guys - looking forward to seeing what can be done with it all. Hope forums don't cause the typical forum derpery.



Gonna take some getting used to....  had to create a new account...  and where is my Avatar??

Jason Priestas's picture

It's showing up for me. I see you've maintained your Buckeye-cartoon hybrid theme.

blazers34's picture

I also fear change, so I voted meh.  Im sure in time Ill love it though.

Chris Lauderback's picture

As others have indicated, I think the key is to give this a few days so your eyes/fingers can get used to the new layout and features. I remember everyone killing the last update for the first 24 hours then all was well. I'm personally excited for the opportunity readers now have to create their own content since so many of you eat, sleep OSU just like your faithful 11W staff. Props to Jason for not sleeping over the last few days to get this up and running.  

carence's picture

I don't mind the change, change builds character! I go to 11W probably 3-5 times a day. Now that I got that out of the way! I'm ready for Thursday, I'll be sitting in 13D! Holla at ya boy!

psibuck's picture

I like it.  Much more interactive.  This should keep me from actually working at work for a while.  Nicely done.

Leanenaud's picture

I voted Meh for site changes, but I love the content as always. I seriously blew coffee out of my nose when I saw the picture of the fatty working on the motherboard. Hawt!

CL's picture

I assume new RSS feed addresses as well for the site and Good Shizzy?

I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly...

Jason Priestas's picture

The RSS and Feed Artist Formerly Known as Good Shizzy should still have the same URLs. Please let me know if you're seeing something different.

Captain Buckeye's picture

Thanks for all of your work and dedication to providing the best Buckeye site out there.  I can always count on the latest and most accurate updates. Nice!!

SilverBullet33's picture

I dig it!!  Great site, great work.  Championship!  GO BUCKEYES!

O-H Kee Pa's picture

Great work guys. Now...technical difficulties are no excuse for not bringing us JT's presser today.

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

Congratulations on the new digs.  Aside from the tighty whities picture it looks great.

German Buckeye's picture

Yeah, who is that in the pic?  Alex? 

buckeyedude's picture

Is that a picture of Alex, or Alexandria?



Jason Priestas's picture

It's actually me. My wife took it about 15 months ago.

KenK's picture

Nice work, guys.

Johnny Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks". Henry Gondorff: "Neither are we".

Matthew's picture

does this new thingy have a good mobile setting? i liked the wordpress one.

Class of 2010

Luke's picture

Drupal renders pretty well on a lot of smart phones. I know it may be less than ideal for a lot of other folks though. We'll definitely look into the options.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I'll have to play with this new format when I get home.  I would like to be able to load an image right from the Mac or PC and not have to link it to a URL.  I would also like a 11W app for my ipad.  I like the direction this is going.  I embrace change and like stuff like the "throwback" unis and playing night games on Thursdays.

Luke's picture


The site actually looks pretty decent on an iPad through Safari. An iPhone/iPad app may not be out of the question down the road if other things like Instapaper and Reeder don't suffice.

J.Mo's picture

Where is the love for Android?!

Luke's picture

It should look just as good. If you want to buy me an Android compatible device to do screen shots on, I'll post those too :)

elaydin's picture

I can volunteer my services for an iphone app if you like.

RoweTrain's picture

You guys just keep getting better everyday.  Good work.

"Just bow up and go out and play." ~ D. Lee

"As it stands right now, I know I am the best athlete in college football." ~ B. Miller

RoweTrain's picture

Except that it won't let me change my picture.  Advice?

"Just bow up and go out and play." ~ D. Lee

"As it stands right now, I know I am the best athlete in college football." ~ B. Miller

Luke's picture

Try clicking on the 'My account' link in the upper right hand corner, then clicking on the 'Edit' tab. You should be able to upload a new picture there. You may want to choose something that's a square and been resized down to 100x100 (or less) for best results.

RoweTrain's picture

I've tried that a few different times but each time I try to use a different picture it just defaults back to the one I first used. 

"Just bow up and go out and play." ~ D. Lee

"As it stands right now, I know I am the best athlete in college football." ~ B. Miller

RoweTrain's picture

On my phone it has one picture (the 4 Heismans) but on my computer it has the original one I used...strange

"Just bow up and go out and play." ~ D. Lee

"As it stands right now, I know I am the best athlete in college football." ~ B. Miller

Poe McKnoe's picture

Refresh your browser? Delete your internet files?

RoweTrain's picture

Genius.  Thanks a lot.

"Just bow up and go out and play." ~ D. Lee

"As it stands right now, I know I am the best athlete in college football." ~ B. Miller

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

lovin it fellas...this site is the first thing i do everyday at work...just made it even more exciting...older site needed a little twerkin anyways

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

E-roc's picture

Hopefully the corination of the new 11W site will coincide with a trip (and win) to Glendale, AZ in January, 2011.

Three days til Christmas in September.

p.s. It looks like I've lost my RSS feed on GoogleReader...

Jason Priestas's picture

The RSS feed had a delayed update, but it should be good for you now. Please let me know if you're still having problems with it.

Morgan's picture

me gusta bailar, y eleven warriors.

blazers34's picture

now my only issue is that there isnt a football post up yet.  hehehehe, i kid.  kind of.

BuckeyeSaab's picture

Whee, it's like Christmas in August.



Very nice.

I'm sorry for not being sorry.

BuckeyeSki's picture

Love the new format guys. Cuz now I can do things like this....


State Penn sucks

Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

Squirrel Master's picture

This is great. I can't wait till Thursday night. Go Bucks!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Shock-G's picture

Love it guys!!

I wanna go back to Ohio State ... 

Nick Buckeye's picture

Thumbs up on the update, but wow is that picture off putting.

Matt M.'s picture

I love it. Good stuff.

Jspex23's picture

I love it, first website i visit every morning.  Keep up the great work. 

OSUStu's picture

Hey guys.  I read the site everyday but don't comment very often.  Maybe I will comment more often now that I am logged in.  I like what you have done with the site for the most part.  Just one negative comment, I liked the way replies were boxed with the original comment on the old site.  Although I can tell who is replying to whom, I think the current format makes it more difficult. 

And one other thing I wanted to share, I was in a wedding this weekend.  We were able to get on the field for photographs and toss around a football between snapshots.  I caught a couple of nice TDs in the south endzone.  Anyway, I share because I am sure this crowd recognizes what an absolutely awesome experience it was.

And, as always, thanks for being a source of quality Buckeye info (as I am an absolute glutton for it.) 

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Pfef's picture

Will you be releasing a mobile version of 11w? Similar to what was on wordpress?

Jason Priestas's picture

It's on our to-do list, but unfortunately, Drupal doesn't have the best mobile support.

M Man's picture

Brian Cook regularly and customarily "puts it best," wouldn't you agree?

Welcome, 11W 3.0, back to the internets.  Looking fine, I'd say.

elaydin's picture

Put this in the suggestions thread, but can you guys add the equivalent of mgopoints?

Luke's picture

That's the karma thing Jason mentioned. We'll definitely be implementing that down the road.

elaydin's picture


Also, how about something to show that a post is "new"?

buckeyedude's picture

How about just a "thumbs up or down" for simple minded pricks like me? Points don't do anything for me.



osubucks10's picture

hey guys like the new message boards, etc. but the site seems soo much slower and a bit buggy still.


go bucks and 11W


Jason Priestas's picture

There were definite style issues on launch, but I can't say I've seen a performance hit with the new setup. Are things still sluggish for you?

flipbuckeye's picture

flipbuckeye checking in. Been a while since I've posted but I still try to check the site every day.  Liking the new digs. Go Buckeyes.

hangonskokie's picture

Good Work. I'm Looking forward to following the site in the future. 

Go Bucks. - italics

Jason Priestas's picture

Thanks, and nice profile image. I live about 5 minutes from Skokie.

hangonskokie's picture

Nice, I'll be at the Cubs game tonight... officially putting baseball season to rest 

Jason Priestas's picture

Where do you typically go to watch the games?

hangonskokie's picture

The Cubs I don't typically follow other than a game or two a year. But if I go anywhere for the Buckeyes, it'll be McGee's in Lincoln Park. 

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

I wish I could remember the name of the OSU bar I went to in Chicago in 2006. Had a big patio with an awning thing over it. Watched D Cook dunk on VMI that night.

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

Jangs78's picture

Dont comment much but am a daily reader...glad the upgrade was suttle and not overkill....nicely done boys!

Estrada's picture

Well done gents, well done indeed!

Brady's picture

Love the new look guys. 


flipbuckeye's picture

Testing it out on my Blackberry. Works fine so far. Actually looks better and is more functional than wordpress. Loading time is a bit longer but understandably so.

JakeBuckeye's picture

I too fear change... But so far, I like what I see,

formerlyanonymous's picture

Love the upgrade. Definitely suggest "cave" and "misery" modules for trolls. They do wonders. 

Jason Priestas's picture

Thanks! I'll have to check out those modules.

Pam's picture

I love what you've done with the place.  New drapes too?

el Kaiser's picture

Little LTTP, but big huge Buckeye UPs to you guys on the new look and site.

Jason Priestas's picture

Thanks, EK. Appreciate it.

bucki5's picture

Can you add a mobile skin?  I usually check this site on my phone, and since you did the upgrade it sucks!

Jason Priestas's picture

Eventually we'll get around to it. I was much more stressed about not having it until I realized the godfathers of beautiful mobile browsing didn't have a mobile skin either.