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January 09, 2009 09:28 PM UTC

Save Soapblox!

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  • by: JeffcoBlue

( – promoted by redstateblues)

After some major nervousness at the beginning of the week over the future of the progressive blogosphere’s best software platform Soapblox, interested parties are banding together to ensure the system has a stable (and hacker free) future.

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Got some extra coin? Help keep the lights on at Colorado Pols, Squarestate, and the best community blogs all over the country. Thanks!

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9 thoughts on “Save Soapblox!

  1. But it should be made clear that we pay for Soapblox hosting and setup services – it isn’t free (not for us, anyway). Soapblox is great and the best platform we have used in our four years of existence.

        1. I got the impression from Phoenix Rising that he’s here because Phoenix offered to help and said “I’m local.”

          We’re talking about a Paul Preston?

        2. Somewhere in the thread on Kos there was a reference to Kos and/or Soapbox being based on Scoop.

          Talk Left is on Scoop, which is a platform for bloggers who have the  resources and skills needed to develop or install their skins. Skins are the look and feel for the sites.

          If Soapbox is simply a skin, it can be replicated and emulated  by any competent developer. If it is a platform like Typepad, it’s a product that has a lot of value.

          It seems to me that the developer of Soapbox needs help not only from techies and fund raisers, but also from tech entrepreneurs who can help him assess his business opportunities.

          Does he have a product that could be turned into a business or sold for a decent price?

          Or is Soapbox merely a skin, which isn’t worth that much because people don’t pay much for skins?

          That you’re only trying to raise a few thousand bucks suggests this is a hobby product, but there may be more to it than we know.

          1. The concepts behind SoapBlox are taken largely from Daily Kos’s software, which is based on Scoop.

            But Scoop is, I believe, Perl, while SoapBlox is Java.  And SoapBlox incorporates many of the the ideas that ct added into dKos that aren’t available in Scoop.

            It’s designed for blog administrators who don’t have a lot of time to learn the intricacies of other software, and want the community-oriented features like Recommended Diaries, rating systems, in-diary polls, and Front Page diary administration.

      1. I did. I’m glad they made their point about how Soapblox isn’t free though. It’s true, and nobody has to donate who doesn’t want to. I was just giving people who might want to donate the information.

        I’m also a fan of pacified’s, and I felt like using my smidgen of power to do so.

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