Man is a tame or civilized animal; never the less, he requires proper instruction and a fortunate nature, and then of all animals he becomes the most divine and most civilized; but if he be insufficiently or ill- educated he is the most savage of earthly creatures. - Plato

About MyPoetryForum

A little bit about the site...

MyPoetryForum was originally developed by Gregory G. Clarke in 2003. Greg did this due to both his interest in poetry and a thirst to gain knowledge in web development in PHP and mySQL. The site slowly started gaining users and today enjoys a user base of around 4000 users, some sporadically active, others online on a daily basis.

MyPoetryForum was updated early in 2008 by Sebastienne Conradie in order to incorporate masterpages and have an updated look and feel. Like Gregory, he also chose to take on the development of this site in order to gain knowledge of PHP and mySQL. A lot of bugs were also fixed and the database structure was modified and the tables normalized. Later in 2008 the site was completely rewritten from the ground up, and moderation and admin functions were added. Rich text editing and the incorporation of larger profile pictures were also added. After the second update in 2008 the site was left to sustain itself, up until now...

MyPoetryForum was again rewritten from the ground up in 2013. Since Sebastienne became proficient in C#, MVC and the entity framework, he chose to rather switch hosts and develop in this language. This also enables him to provide bug-fixes and feature requests at a more rapid rate. MyPoetryForum was also extremely closed off to the public after the second update in 2008, which made traffic towards the site drop. This has been rectified in the 2013 release by incorporating social integration, opening up certain parts of the site to the public and by modifying the url structure of the site.


Sebastienne on the technologies used in developing MyPoetryForum:


MyPoetryForum uses a bunch of tools that makes web-development much easier than it should be. I really have a lot of love for the people who take the time to develop these wonderful tools and I would like to give them some credit. Here is a list of technologies and tools incorporated in MyPoetryForum:

  • Twitter Bootstrap 2.3.2. I am so sad that twitter bootstrap 3.0 was released in the middle of development. I really need to switch over to it. I love twitter bootstrap, it makes the annoyance of UI design a breeze. Unfortunately, I'm guessing it's also standardizing look and feel all over the internet.
  • jQuery and the jQuery UI. What would life for a web-developer be without jQuery and the jQuery UI? It would suck. Don't think I need to say more here...
  • Template from 4templates. Download the template here. These guys make pretty nice templates, but I don't completely like their responsive design approach. I have disabled the mobile layout for now...
  • C#, MVC and the Entity Framework. I was enticed to move away from ASP.net with its bloated code-behind pages and the n-tiered application architecture, and move into the world of MVC, Model View Controller, a few years ago. That coupled with Linq and the entity framework makes development a delightful experience, although some database guru's would scold me for the sql queries generated by the entity framework. It's mostly perfect though for a site like MyPoetryForum...

MyPoetryForum also incorporates a lot of help from family, friends and its community, and here's to give them some credit:

  • Dawn for moderating this site and for her guidelines on receiving and giving critiques
  • Eck for the Poem Content explanation
  • Gale for her assistance with the beta testing
  • My friends Jon Trausti, Alfonso and Waleska for helping me with some QA, and for Alessandro for his harsh critique in the use of br's...
  • and most importantly my beautiful family for their patience, love and support

Special credit:

  • Ragnar Freyr - Graphic Design. The MyPoetryForum logo was designed by Iceland's own Ragnar Freyr. This man is a creative genius and a pleasure to work with. Please check out his other work at www.ragnarfreyr.com.

That's about it for MyPoetryForum. We know that it will never be completely bug free, or completely feature complete, but we'd love to hear from you regarding bugs, queries, suggestions, requests and pretty much anything you’d like to get off your chest...