Universal Hub

By - 5/14/15 - 8:26 am

I'm very pleased to introduce Shelagh Dolan, who will be interning for UHub this summer. One of her main assignments will be covering the Olympics. She's fluent in Spanish, so we've already mapped out a couple of long-term assignments involving the city's Hispanic communities, but if you have any suggestions for stories touching those communities that are going uncovered, let us know!

As a...Read more

By - 4/7/15 - 10:13 am

Given the sort of thing that's been happening even here in our quiet little cubbie of the universe, you might be interested in a Ford Hall Forum discussion next week on Vicious Anonymity.

Arthur Chu, a blogger at the Daily Beast and Slate, Jason Tuohey, BostonGlobe.com's editor and Sarah Sobieraj, a professor at Tufts and co-author of The Outrage Industry, will ponder...Read more

By - 3/25/15 - 7:44 am

I've reactivated the thumbs on comments, but have made voting stop four weeks after the post they're comments on has been published. Will be watching the server today to make sure they don't crash things again (if they do, will have to turn them off again).Read more

By - 3/24/15 - 3:00 pm

I've turned off the voting on comments while I try to figure out why the site keeps slowing and crashing. There's a database table that's supposed to be used for triggering routine site maintenance, but it's been filling up with hundreds of thousands of items related to the voting system and I want to figure out why before turning it back on.Read more

By - 7/31/14 - 11:30 am

Well, if they're hosted on YouTube or Vimeo, that is. If you post something, look for the Video header at the top of the article-creation page. Click Select Media, then paste in the URL for the video you want to include and hit Submit. When your post goes live, the video will be at the top.Read more

By - 6/19/14 - 1:25 pm

I got a request today from somebody to have links on Universal Hub open in a new tab or window rather than in the same tab as the UHub page. Less confusing, because it would keep UHub open, she said.

It'd be easy enough to do, but before I make a change like that, I'd want to see what other folks think. A poll should...Read more

By - 12/30/13 - 8:08 pm

Unless you use IE, or are one of the other folks for whom the site had been looking odd in recent weeks. I've changed the template set used by UHub to fix display problems for such folks. Follks on phones may also see a bit of a different, hopefully better, display.

Everybody else, I hope, won't notice much of a difference, except maybe for the...Read more

By - 12/11/13 - 10:06 am

I'm seeing a growing number of comments along the lines of "you jerk, go die!" (actually, even worse, but you get the idea) If you're posting anonymously (i.e., you're not logged in, even if you do fill in the "name" field), sorry, I'm not going to mark that for public consumption. If you want to tear into somebody's position, by all means, go for it,...Read more

By - 9/25/13 - 9:51 pm

Just installed a jaunty little thumb thing, which you'll now find at the end of every single comment.

The software has the ability to do both up and down votes. I decided not to enable down votes, at least not yet, because we're already a fairly cantankerous group as a whole, and I didn't feel like adding still more negativity to the site. I do...Read more

By - 9/23/13 - 12:02 am

The token's time had come. Hopefully, the rest of the site won't feel too odd (but let me know if it does - especially the font for the article text).

The real reason for the change wasn't to mess with the graphics, though - it was more to upgrade to the latest version of the Drupal software that runs the site. I'm sure you'll find...Read more

By - 9/4/13 - 9:53 am

UPDATE: Site's been updated.

The current server's being switched over to a shinier and beefier machine.Read more

By - 4/18/13 - 3:16 pm

Here's a new UHub rule: If you keep posting a link to the same conspiracy-nut article about the Marathon to Marathon-related posts here, even after you're asked not to, I will block your account.Read more

By - 12/9/12 - 2:06 pm

I'm slowly wending my way through a major upgrade to the software that runs Universal Hub (for the CMS types: From Drupal 6 to 7).

You hopefully won't see much difference in the site - it'll still be your basic blog format - unless you connect with a mobile device. One of the things the new templates let me do fairly easily is have pages...Read more

By - 10/24/11 - 8:45 am

When you post a reply to a post or comment, you'll now have to type in letters you see in a "captcha" box, at the bottom of the posting form. This is actually something you used to be required to do up until a few months ago, when I upgraded the software and it managed to turn that off and I didn't realize it, despite...Read more

By - 6/1/11 - 3:25 pm

Which I am thrilled to death to announce because over the past couple of years running Universal Hub fulltime, I've learned that ad sales is an art - and I'm still at the paint-by-numbers stage.

Ron Welby is our new go-to guy for your Boston-based online ad needs (both here and across the Boston Blogs Network. Ron is an online veteran from way back,...Read more

By - 8/14/10 - 3:32 pm

With any luck, we should have honest-to-goodness UHub iPhone and BlackBerry apps up and running in about a month (I just spent a good part of a perfectly beautiful Saturday designing splash screens and icons).

The apps will have the UHub breaking-news goodness you'd expect, but also stuff like restaurant and store listings and reviews, all searchable and mappable. To get a rough idea of...Read more

By - 1/23/09 - 9:49 pm

Thanks to suggestions from Kalim Saliba and folks in this discussion, I've set up a UH group on Flickr. Anybody with a Flickr account can join in and post their best Boston-area photos to the group, discuss Boston photography, snort at my photo judgment, etc. As with the universalhub tag, I'll pick photos for highlighting here (if you don't have a Flickr account,...Read more

By - 1/17/09 - 11:47 am

I've been thinking (yes, always a dangerous thing) about photos here on Universal Hub.

First, I'm grateful to folks who mark their Flickr photos as "universalhub" or who e-mail me photos. There are some very talented photographers out there, and I'm glad I can highlight your work here. But that gets me to the next point:

I've noticed that when I post somebody's photo...Read more

By - 1/2/09 - 1:13 pm

As you may notice, the top of the page looks a bit different. The main thing I wanted to do was to see if I could move the content up a bit higher on the page - which I did mainly by getting rid of the gigantic "Universal Hub" (also, you Courier haters will notice the change in the font). In practical terms, the main...Read more

By - 12/8/08 - 3:09 am

[float=right]IMAGE(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk143/nfsagan/blogcover1.jpg)[/float]The phenomenon of blogging has been around long enough for writers and pollsters to study it. In July, Pew/Internet and American Life Project published a study called

“BLOGGERS: A portrait of the internet’s new storytellers.”

You can find the full report (pdf) here. Take a quick gander at their findings below. Do you see anything there that surprises...Read more