Hello website managers for dances!
We have noticed that this list has had very little traffic over the past few years. Has this list's usefulness passed? Does anyone see this as a good resource? Currently, there are 11 members.
If this list is no longer useful, I will lock down (but not permanently remove) the list to avoid any accidental spam.
Thank you for your patience while I work out the bugs!
The sharedweight mailing lists are now hosted on Mailman version 3. You can see the archives here:
The (super) old archives are also available at the old URLs and I am going to put a message at the top of them that redirects visitors to the new archives. The mail-archive.com archives will continue to work.
Let me know if you see or experience anything odd.
I need to make one (hopefully) final change to the server. The mailing lists will be down for a few hours, starting now. I’ll send an email all about the new set up once I’m finished.
Thanks for your patience,
I’m having some minor delivery issues. I’ll be able to work on this again tomorrow. (I have to take care of my parenting trick-or-treat duties this afternoon and evening!)
Thanks for your patience. Please hold off on conversations to the lists for now.
Hello web folks,
At long last, Shared Weight is getting ready to move to a new email host. I will be working to transition the four @sharedweight.net lists to the new host in the next week or so. I’m sure there will be some hiccups during the transition, so please hang in there with me. On the day of the move, I will send an email saying that the move is in progress. (Any emails you send during the transition may not get in to the archives.)
Ideally, you won’t even notice the change.
This is just a heads up to let you know it’s coming.
PS - For those that care about the details, I’ve built up a Linode VM running Debian Stretch and Mailman3. Outbound list traffic will go through AWS since they tend to have a good spam reputation.
A friend of a friend wants to set up a basic website for a caller. What
do people recommend for a relative novice in terms of hosting and
I'll summarize the responses and send them back to my friend.
Hi there web folks,
I want to talk about calendars! Yes, I do.
Specifically, how various folks post their dance calendar on their site, and
whether your calendar is shared with others.
At Monadnock Folklore (http://www.monadnockfolk.org), we use WordPress and a
plug-in called Event Calendar. It has the advantage of using the ICAL
standard (nothing to do with Apple). which means that other local groups can
use our "feed." See http://monadnockartsalive.org/content/local-events as an
I wonder about a national contra dance calendar hub, accepting feeds from
everywhere. Call me a dreamer!
What do others do?
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I'm Alan Winston, a dance caller (contra, English, Regency, Victorian, Early
American, english ceilidh) in the San Francisco Bay Area. I _still_ don't have
a caller website of my own, despite having been a web server administrator
since 1994 (and author of a book on running web servers on the OpenVMS
operating system published in 2002).
I've been a member of the web services committee for the Bay Area Country Dance
Society for a long time, and have written or tweaked a bunch of CGI scripts to
support automatic display of calendar information from a database. (While I'm
a long-experienced and pretty knowledgeable OpenVMS system manager I'm an
untrained and dangerous Linux sysadmin.)
BACDS.ORG gets used to host mailman mailing lists, Apache with a custom module
or two, and a zillion subsidiary sites for BACDS camps and special events. The
infrastructure was designed in the early 2000s by server geeks (as distinct
from web designers) so it makes fairly good use of CSS and is reasonably
legible and reasonably standards-compliant, but also boring as hell. The site
is useful for people who already know they want to do contra or English dancing
- we do get people at our dances who found out about them by Googling and
getting to the website - but isn't terrifically visually appealing. And we try
to do way too much on the front page. I typically edit pages with a text
editor and code up HTML by hand.
Professionally I work on a Java-based application and work with CSS developed
by somebody who knows what he's doing.
I'm here in hopes of learning about useful content, links, and layout ideas for
BACDS.ORG, and for inspiration in getting my caller site together. (This year
I've been getting private-party gigs every couple of months, and I'd like to up
that a bit. My lackadaisical publicity plans - give out business cards -
founder on not getting the cards made because I don't have a website to put on
them, and yet I get too busy to make any sustained effort on the personal
website. And I'd rather call dances than spend time tinkering on a caller
Alan Winston --- WINSTON(a)SSRL.SLAC.STANFORD.EDU
Disclaimer: I speak only for myself, not SLAC or SSRL Phone: 650/926-3056
Paper mail to: SSRL -- SLAC BIN 99, 2575 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park CA 94025
Introductions - a little about me:
I've been a Modern Western Square Dancer since 1986 and an MWSD caller
since 1989. I finally "got" contras in 2005. I began calling contras
In another lifetime (in the previous millennium and before the
internet boom) I worked for Adobe Systems in silicon valley from
1983-1996. I was Adobe's first webmaster from 1994 to 1996. No, I
can't get you a good deal on any Adobe products or upgrades :( I am
NOT facile with any current Adobe products, so don't expect me to be
able to help more than a good google search would.
I built and maintain a personal caller's website (old-school HTML) at
It's been hosted at dreamhost.com for some time and I'm happy with
them, but I'm by no means a power user of their services.
I also built and manage the local contra dance web site for South
Florida (with google sites, google maps, and google calendar) at
I'm reasonably proud of it and would appreciate any feedback.
I help maintain the "South Florida Contradance" group on Facebook at
and my own Facebook "fan page" at
http://www.facebook.com/AndyShore.Caller (shameless plug - please
"like" me there)
I'm always on the lookout for good dance sites and videos to share
with experienced dancers and non-dancers alike. I'd love to learn
more about dance photography and videography (and editing) to be able
to contribute to that arena.
(While I subscribe to dance-related email lists as
"square.a.shore(a)gmail.com" the best way to reach me in real life is
Fort Lauderdale, FL
There's more background about me on the IAGSDC history wiki at