Fighting fund - Streamlining
Robbie Rix reports on CPGB website version 2.0 and thanks our readers for their solidarity
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appeal last week for 11th-hour donations to our November fighting
fund didn’t fall on deaf ears, I’m pleased to say. Three comrades
transferred cash via PayPal on the last day of the month - thank you,
PC and EJ (£50 each) and AN (£20). Add to this the three standing
orders that also came through and we reached a final total of £1,481
- tantalisingly short of our £1,500 target.
not a disaster by any means. Especially when you take into account
recent problems some comrades have encountered with the website.
There are immediate technical questions that have to be addressed,
including errors on some pages and overall slowness. Like the Weekly
Worker itself, however, our website is designed entirely by our
own comrades, who learnt much on the hoof, having created the current
site after a virus destroyed our old archive.
same comrades are now preparing for a serious streamlining of the
underlying code. We also want the website to be updated more
frequently than the Weekly Worker publishing cycle allows. The
aim is not just the odd article, but new podcasts and video series.
Comrades will also be interested to hear that, following the positive
response to the relaunched site early this year, the web team has
already begun work on ‘version 2’. The aim is to make the
valuable political material on it even more accessible, and the site
more useful as an educational tool for both experienced comrades and
those new to Marxism.
of web readers, two comrades have reacted unexpectedly to my November
22 column. I had itemised some of the costs incurred in the
production of the print version of the paper, and as a result they
decided to cancel their subs - to save us money! As they read us
online anyway, they saw no reason to burden us with the cost of
postage. But both comrades are keeping up their PayPal or standing
the postage savings involved are small, these much appreciated acts
of solidarity did underscore an important point about the way our
paper is accessed by most people. Last week, for example, we had
9,172 web readers, compared to the few hundred who read the printed
version. Clearly, a significant minority subscribe at least partially
as an act of solidarity.
we do not intend to stop printing! We know how much the paper version
is valued, and how useful it is on stalls and at meetings. Which is
why we need that £1,500 each and every month.
of which, our December fund has got off to a good start, with £242
received in standing orders. Keep it up, comrades!