In place of the normal almost-weekly feature article, this post is a direct message to our membership from the VFA Steering Committee. It covers several administrative and informational matters of immediate importance. Please take time to read it through as it may require your response in several places. Member feedback is critical to ensure that the Steering Committee is headed in the right direction, that includes your input, as we plan the future of our alliance.
Access to New Site
As most of you know, we upgraded our website in December, 2015. We understand that some users are still reaching the old site. This should not happen as the URL is supposed to automatically redirect to the new site, which looks like this (Home page):
If you are using a bookmark or shortcut saved prior to the changeover, it could be causing you to land on the old site. In this case, delete all old shortcuts. Then in your browser, type in the link http://visionaryfictionalliance.com/ and make sure you land on the page that looks like the one above. From there create a new shortcut/bookmark for future use.
Blog Comments on the New Site
Some members have been having difficulty posting comments to the current blog even though they had no problem doing so on the old site.
To prevent spammers, a user has to be logged in to post a comment. Please do not let this deter you. If you are not logged in and you start to comment, you will see various ways to log on in the area below the “Leave a Reply” box.
To log in with your Facebook, Twitter or other credential (easiest), click the desired icon (upper right). Otherwise, complete the three fields to identify yourself. Always click “Post Comment” at the end of the process.
If this is your first comment on the new site (after December 15, 2015), it will require admin approval before it shows in the Comments section even if you were approved to comment on the old site. Our admins keep an eye out for first-instance posters and aim to approve quickly. Once approved on the new site, your subsequent comments should post immediately.
“Contact Us” Glitch on Old Site
During the recent upgrade, it came to our attention that, due to a technical and administrative glitch, we did not notice or respond to communications sent through the older site’s “Contact Us” feature. So, anything sent in by that method prior to last December 15, 2016, was missed completely, an egregious goof on our part. Messages were not lost but only the computer knew they existed. We apologize profoundly for this oversight and hope it is not too late to make it up.
Rather than trying to address everyone affected by this mishap individually—they go back to the beginning of the website in 2013—we are seeking out those who sent a message via “Contact Us” that still feel their communication requires action or individual response our part. If this is you, please either resend your message or let us know when it was sent, from whom, and what it was about. In the latter case, we will retrieve the earlier message and reply. Yes, use “Contact Us” to do this—it is now being monitored faithfully. If you feel you are still not getting through using the “Contact Us” feature, please email either Eleni Papanou (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Vic Smith (email@example.com) directly. They will address your concern.
Let Us Know Where You Want the VFA to Go
Like the production and popularity of Visionary Fiction itself, the Visionary Fiction Alliance is experiencing rapid growth, a boon for all of us. The Steering Committee fully appreciates your participation and encourages you to continue to read, comment and contribute to our joint effort to improve and promote our genre to an ever expanding readership.
For the past year, we have been discussing plans to make the alliance much more than a website. An anthology, representation at book fairs, and conferences, to name some ideas, are in the works. But we would like to hear what you envision as the VFA’s future. What do you see as necessary to make our genre and its works more popular with the reading public? What topics of broad interest on VF would you like to see on the site and in the blog? What services would you like to see the VFA offer its members?
Please take a moment to share your thoughts and ideas with the rest of us in the Comments section below or send them to us through “Contact Us.”
Visionary Volunteers Needed
The VFA Steering Committee, is an all-volunteer team of active writers like yourself. We conference monthly by phone to plan site content and other activities, like the recent site upgrade. During the month we stay in constant touch to share information and work load. We work with guest posters to make their articles fit our readership. We brainstorm for new ideas to develop and promote VF. We pitch in to meet expenses.
We get quite a bit done, but there is a lot more that could be done with more time and people power. We have to believe that, among our members, there are others who would like to be part of the team. Think about functions you are suited to perform in the alliance (blogger, editor, proofer, proofer, designer, reviewer, fund raiser, etc.) and let us know your preference and availability. We greatly appreciate any assistance we can get and promise you an experience with a dynamic team of authors, who are interested, of course, in their personal success as a writer but, more so, dedicated to promoting a genre that promises to be the most important literature of the future. For us, “In unity there is strength” is more than an adage; it is a daily practice.
Blessings, peace and splendid visions to all of you.
THE VISIONARY FICTION ALLIANCE STEERING COMMITTEE