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Upgrading OrangePolitics

Thursday marks the 9th anniversary of the day OrangePolitics came to be. A few of you old timers will remember that it didn't always work the way it did today. OP's first platform was MovableType. It didn't offer much in the way of comment moderation, which led to some very crazy things being posted on the site. In 2004, I moved the site to Wordpress, an open source platform that was better, but lacked some key community elements.

Five years ago, I asked for donations from the OP community to help bring us to a proper community platform. Readers donated $1,134 and we were able to move the site to Drupal 5. I think most people agree that having community tools such as real profiles for each user and the ability for everyone to blog without having to publish to the front page are big improvements. 

Celebrating Nine Years of Context, Coverage and Connections on OrangePolitics

This week, we’re celebrating nine years of context, coverage, and connections on OrangePolitics. We need your help to keep it going and keep innovating by helping us to cover the costs of upgrading the site. We’re very proud of our accomplishments, and we want to tell you some of the reasons we think you should support OrangePolitics.

Hosting a Forum for Discussing Local Issues. We provide a space for people to share a wide range of views about local issues impacting Orange County. We spark conversation by bringing together the voices of community leaders and activists in an open forum for civil and thoughtful debate.

Providing the Entire Context. OP’s editors and readers combine many decades of experience in local politics. We provide background, and tell the stories behind the stories that you won’t find in the local media. We follow issues from their beginnings through their resolutions--our posts about the transit tax and Chapel Hill 2020 are recent examples.

OP Editors Monthly Public Meeting


Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm


Jessee's Coffee & Bar, 401 E. Main Street, Carrboro

OP's 9th Birthday Party

Join in the taproom at Mystery Brewing - a very fine example of local economic development - for a birthday party co-hosted by the Orange County Cultural Center


Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm


Mystery Brewing Company, 437 Dimmocks Mill Road, Suite #41, Hillsborough

OP @ Locally Grown - Hitchcock's Vertigo

Come take in a Locally Grown movie with your OP friends. August 16th, Vertigo will be screened. Brush up on your Hitchcock trivia and you could win prizes. 

From the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership:

Now in its fifth year, LOCALLY GROWN Music & Movie Series offers the community FREE live concerts and movies every THURSDAY evening on the Wallace Plaza, atop the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 E. Rosemary Street in downtown Chapel Hill. This summer's lineup includes three concerts of  locally-grown music acts and five family-friendly and classic films. 

LOCALLY GROWN's mission is to promote the downtown community by bringing people to shop and eat at local businesses while enjoying local entertainment and activities on summer evenings in Downtown Chapel Hill.

Check out the rest of the Locally Grown line-up.


Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm


Wallace Plaza (roof of the parking deck) 150 E. Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill



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