As many of you no doubt know, as both editor and webmaster I’ve been nearly overwhelmed by workload, working regular sixty-hour weeks in an attempt to keep up with the flow of articles and technical issues. Thankfully, Pete decided to hire an extra person for the job as managing editor in order to handle the day-to-day articles while I took on more wide-scale tasks. And that managing editor is….
Ted”Do I Write Short?” Knutson.
Just to get everything out of the way, let’s have a brief question-and-answer section:
Q: So if Ted’s the Managing Editor, who the hell are you?
A: I am now the Editor-In-Chief and Webmaster of the site. Which sounds way more impressive than”flunky.”
Q: So who does what?
A: I’m currently training Ted to take over the day-to-day editorial duties of accepting and rejecting articles. Ted will soon be in charge of all daily content on the site, including the articles, the forum topics, the daily links (which will be returning shortly), and inserting snarky comments into your articles.
I, on the other hand, will be orchestrating wide-scale projects, like getting authors to write daily events for things like States and Prereleases, and making sure that everything goes smoothly. I’m also in charge of all Event Coverage, and plan to hover over Ted’s shoulder on a regular basis, shouting,”For Christ’s sake, Ted! We always spell out numbers! That 4 should be a four! What kind of idiot are you, anyway!?“
…at which point he’ll kempo my ass into next week.
My main focus, however, will be on technical issues with the site, starting with writing a much more efficient (and fully-featured) shopping cart from the ground up.
Other items of interest after that little *cough* task is done include:
- Radically improving our deck database
- Revamping the entire”Event Coverage” page
- Fixing site response time.
- Implementing oh, about five billion little fixes that I just haven’t had the time to get to.
Q: So who should I send articles to in the meantime?
A: [email protected] When Ted is ready to go, which should be within a week or two, we’ll transition over.
Q: Does this mean you’ll write more, Ferrett?
A: This was the #1 question asked of me at New Orleans, which was the weekend Ted was hired and the weekend that we leaked the news to several friends. I was quite frankly surprised to hear this from so many people, and it was kind of flattering to hear that people wanted me to write again. So I’ll give you a definite answer:
With a little more time on my hands, I hope to feel like playing Magic again… And with the upcoming release of Mirrodin, I look forward to paying Wizards $3.29 a pack for the privilege of being a beta tester. Hopefully, I’ll have some more to say.
Q: But Ted’s a big weenie! He’s not nearly as good as you are! How could anyone run the site but you, Ferrett?
A: Now, now, imaginary question-asker – you’re pretty sycophantic for a figment of my imagination!
Seriously, the reason why we hired Ted is that – and it pains me to admit this – he’ll probably do a much better job than I ever have. He’s good at promoting things, he’s a better player than I am, he’s enthusiastic as all hell, and he has the time to hang out in IRC and chat with all the pros. (I don’t. I’m no good with IRC.) I think in six months, you’ll forget that I ever existed, at which point I will immediately demand to take the site back over because I hate being ignored.
Q: Will Ted be as arrogant as you are, Ferrett?
A: How could he be?
Q: Will Ted have any cool nicknames, like”The Here Edits This Here Site Here” guy?
A: We thought about that quite seriously; after all, we didn’t want to just throw Ted hip-deep into a nickname he wasn’t ready for. We tried”The Other Here Edits This Here Site Here Guy,” which didn’t work, and”The Knut What Edits This Here Site Here Guy,” but none of them seemed to work.
If you have a nickname for The Holy Kanoot, speak up in the forums! He loves to hear that.
The Here Edits This Here Site Here For Another Week Or So There Guy