Daylight Atheism Has Moved to Big Think

Change has come at last! As of today, Daylight Atheism is officially moving to its new home at Big Think. I’m planning to hit the ground running, so be sure to go there to see all my new posts.

For the moment, www.daylightatheism.org still goes to this site, but expect that to change very soon. Within a few days, I’m going to put in a redirect that will send anyone who types that URL to my blog’s new address at Big Think, which, again, is:

http://bigthink.com/blogs/daylight-atheism

The site you’re reading right now is going to remain up as an archive. Since the front page is going to become a redirect, if you want to browse the old posts, bookmark http://www.daylightatheism.org/archive. That’s a stable address that won’t change, and my Big Think blog will have a link to it as well.

I’m also going to put in a redirect for the RSS feed, so in theory, RSS subscribers should be seamlessly redirected to the new site. If that turns out not to work, I’ll put up another post with the new feed address. Again, expect this to happen within a few days.

Hope to see you on the new site! Come and say hello.

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  • Richard P.

    Don’t forget to redirect the igoogle gadget. It would make me sad to lose the access to your blog. Good luck in your new home.

  • Douglas kirk

    Glad to see the move finally come to fruition! I can’t wait to follow you in your new home. It’s no Freethoughtblogs, but it seems like it will make for a good read :-)

    It looks like the regular commentariat is going to have fun as well, as there are a few people already giving you a rather chilly welcome.

  • Alex Weaver

    ….how do we comment there?

  • http://www.daylightatheism.org Ebonmuse

    Richard P: I didn’t set up any iGoogle gadget; someone else must have created that. Assuming it’s based on my RSS feed, though, it should automatically start pulling the article feed from the new site when I set the redirect up.

    Alex: That confused me at first too! You have to click on the post title to see the post as a separate article (or go to this link: http://bigthink.com/ideas/40499). That should show you the Disqus comments section.

  • Bob Carlson

    If only there were a way to have RSS there of only Daylight Atheism. Because there apparently isn’t, I don’t expect to continue following Daylight Atheism.

  • http://www.daylightatheism.org Ebonmuse
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  • Andrew T.

    Back when I first discovered it, one of the things I found most impressive about Daylight Atheism (aside from the content itself, of course) was the fact that you had full control over the content, layout, and presentation of the site. Obviously with the move to Big Think that’s no longer the case, and I’m concerned about a reduction in accessibility. That was certainly the case when they required registration for commenting, and if anything it’s worse now.

    I mentioned earlier that the Disqus script crashes some browsers, and it also doesn’t appear at all without JavaScript enabled. (I usually keep scripts disabled in Opera, since their JS renderer soaks up virtual memory like a sponge and I don’t have infinite megs to spare.) And frankly, I find it unnerving that they’d “contract” comments out to a third-party service rather than take responsibility for them on their own servers. Though not by choice, I used to use a similar service called Haloscan that waffled over whether to charge for full functionality and eventually went belly-up, taking all the comments with them.

    I hope there’s a monetary incentive to be gained from the move, since I don’t see any other benefit.

  • Andrew A.

    I’ve been reading your writings since before Daylight Atheism was even started. The essays on Ebon Musings gave me a lot to think about, and made me better understand my own atheism at a time when everyone around me was thoroughly Christian. Your site is a big part of why I am such a staunch Atheist today.

    Unfortunately, the layout of the site is far worse on Big Think than here; the site restricts itself to a rather small column, your posts are broken up into separate pages, and the comment system relies on the rather disappointing Disqus system.

    I want to continue reading your wonderful posts, but the terrible site that holds them is putting me off a great deal.

  • Monty

    I have to admit, I really don’t like the new site. About 2/3 of the width of the page is empty white space at 1920×1080 (what kind of screen do they think people are using?), and the average comment quality is just awful. I’ll still read it because I love your work, of course, but it just won’t be the same.

  • Maynard

    While I do agree this site is much better in terms of access, viewing, searching, commenting, etc., I gotta say the comments on the new site are brilliantly entertaining. And it’s definitely showing a benefit of putting our lack of belief in front of a larger audience. Especially with Adam’s well thought out posts and OMGF’s and Rieux’s (et.al.) slaughtering of the ignorance/ignorants.

    Adam, maybe you could help Big Think with their layout since everyone seems to agree you’ve done a great job here.

  • http://www.daylightatheism.org Ebonmuse

    For what it’s worth, I know the commenting situation on the new site isn’t ideal. There are clearly some people there who’ve never encountered a real atheist before and are tone-trolling aggressively. But looked at in another way, it’s a good thing. This is exactly what we need to be doing, shining a light into dark places, bringing this message to people for whom it’s brand-new. At the very least, they’ll get used to the idea of hearing from us, and some of them may even learn something.

    In any case, I imagine the worst trolls won’t last long. I say give it a few weeks and they’ll be gone, and then a new community will start to take shape. (Plus, they’ll be gone sooner if all you good people show up on the new site and comment! Every transplant needs a little watering before it really takes root.)

  • Nes

    About 2/3 of the width of the page is empty white space at 1920×1080 (what kind of screen do they think people are using?)

    Far, far too many sites have this issue (even Science Blogs and FtB, for those following PZ). It’s because they’re using a set pixel width instead of using percents like they should be (set width is probably fine for the sidebars, but definitely not for the main content). It’s not hard. I’m definitely not a professional HTML/CSS coder, and I got an example working in 5 minutes.