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Pausing some publication for research

16th March, 2023

I recently started upgrading profiles about Marvel’s Agents of Atlas to our 2022+ format. But I failed to notice in time how old these profiles were. Gareth wrote these all the way back in 2008 (which is also when I did many of the matching 1950s profiles).

So I’m pausing reformatting/upgrading work for a bit, in order to :

  1. Close Batgirl work I wanted to finish before tackling a new arc. It’s mostly about filling some blatant gaps in our Batgirl coverage.
  2. Once that’s done, I can arc back to the Agents of Atlas material and prolong Gareth’s material so the article reaches 2022 or so.
  3. Once that’s done, I can resume 2022-format upgrades (and finally finish upgrading all the entries that were published or updated back in 2019).

So, errr, excelsior! Or some such.


Older bits of news

8th of March, 2023

The Suicide Squad overhaul work is now done. So that covers all the core info for the early Silver Age to Zero Hour stories, corresponding to 1943-1994 in-universe events, organisations and character.

I’m always a bit wary about user experience when a writeups arc has such a long list of chapters. But in order to a/ provide enough material for use in stories (primarily TTRPG sessions) while b/ remaining readable for most everyone even on a phone and c/ not repeating the same info over and again, as often happens in sourcebooks… well, a small compromise has to be made.

Redoing this material was nice. Back when this community was created during the mid-1990s, the Squad still was a major reference in the DC lore. And many of us were fans.

The next big team entry will be for Marvel Comics’ Invaders. Not right away though, there’s plenty in the publication queue before ’em.

As part of our monthly cache cycling, several OHOTMU ’89 update illustrations — those in profiles already to our 2022+ format — were redone. They’re on our Pinterest board  .

23rd of February, 2023

We’re now starting another large project that should have been done years ago. It’s a comprehensive overhaul and extension of the core articles for the 1980s/1990s version of Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad.

As with the recent JSA work, there’ll be a brief-ish time with a few discrepancies :

  1. The articles about the older versions of the Squad will still have redundant intros.
  2. Not all the hyperlinks to the new articles will appear right away.
  3. Part of the material that used to be in our ginormous, old Amanda Waller profile won’t be available.
  4. The profile for the germane version of Colonel Rick Flag will still be the old one.

Then once everything has been deployed I’ll cycle the caches, and all these temporary discrepancies will disappear.

13th of January, 2023

The second part of the team profile for the Justice Society of America, as published during the 1940s, is now up.

It relies in part on “spinning off” the description of plots into individual profiles for enemies and other encounters. So that the core article can stay relatively brief, rather than recap every storyline.

One downside of this approach is that said individual profiles aren’t there yet, though they have publication priority. So the links will gradually appear in the team profile as the individual profiles roll in.

Of course, for people who’ll check the article in a few weeks, everything will appear seamless. As all the individual profiles will have rolled out.

Once all this 1940 JSA material is up on the site, the next priority rollout will be articles about the earliest Fantastic Four stories. This two-parter is comparable to the recent Avengers two-parter.

24th of December, 2022

As with every year, the site is taking a few days off.

In previous years it meant skipping the updates batch that straddled December and January. But since I’m changing my schedule, for 2023 activities will resume on 1/1/23 rather than a few days later.

18th of December, 2022

Aight, all that work that could take place on the wartime and Silver Age Suicide Squad/Suicide Squadron is now done.

*Except* for the second Rick Flag profile (the Ostrander version, give or take). This profile, and the huge Amanda Waller profile, can only be cleanly overhauled once a “base camp” article has been created for the Yale/Ostrander version of the Suicide Squad.

Which will be a significant project. In part because it needs to incorporate all the good stuff in Mayfair’s little Belle Reve sourcebook.

14th of December, 2022

I’m currently revising the Suicide Squad/Suicide Squadron articles, which are large and complicated articles.

So if you’re a regular on this site, I’d encourage you not to read the related articles that haven’t been revised and pushed back onto the homepage yet.

Since I’m moving a lot of information around, deleting redundant exposition, clarifying tangled parts, breaking up the overlong articles into shorter chapters, etc..

So reading the not-revised-yet articles would be an underwhelming and confusing experience.

31th of August, 2022

Writeups.org is leaving Cloudflare, for reasons that may be obvious. It is possible that the switch in CDN will have some impact on site performance in some locations, but I don’t think it will.

If we ever suffer from another large DDOS attack, we likely will have to temporarily use Cloudflare again. But such attacks have only happened once in nearly 25 years.

Also, I’ve worked on two writeups in a row where I realised late in the process that I couldn’t push the article onto the homepage. Say, because I have to order some comics to do fresh scans as I can’t make the current pictures look good enough.

So there’s a bit of publication delay because of that.

15th of August, 2022

I’m taking another break in publication, like last month. During that span I’ll again chip at the backlog of stuff I was supposed to write during the past months.

I also need a bit of time to recover from a lengthy-ish heatwave, a weeks-long drought and some blood acidity stuff.

The previous break didn’t go as far as I had hoped, but it did gouge a visible dent in the backlog. So that’s encouraging.

13th of July, 2022

My backlog of articles-I-need-to-write-ASAP has grown too big.

So I’m suspending updates on the site for the next 10-to-15 days, to free up writing time. Exact length will chiefly depend on how severe the ongoing heatwave will be.

I’ll see how many articles I can get done during that span. Though as a disabled person in the middle of an unmanaged heat wave in the middle of an unmanaged inflation spurt in the middle of an unmanaged pandemic during a slow collapse of democracy, I’ll prolly not get as much done as I’d like.

14th of February, 2022

The site has been inaccessible for several hours of the day due to denial-of-service attacks.

Such random, no-reason-lol attacks are increasingly common, I’m told.

There might be further incidents in the next few days, so the Cloudflare protection interstitial page will stay up just in case during that span.

25th of December, 2021

Happy new year — if you’re on the Gregorian calendar, of course.

*And* if people wishing you a happy new years sparks more joy than annoyance.

As with every year, we are going to skip the updates that would normally take place over the end of December, and the beginning of January.

*This* year, we also largely skipped the around-the-20th-of-the-month updates for December. Due to the workload and stress around the Worg 2022+ project, though by now the worst of the stress seems behind us.

However, there is a sort of mini-blog about WORG 2022+ going on, which is regularly getting new episodes. And the bulk of the FAQ articles have also had a review and upgrades.