ShortCuts Are Here - Reader Submissions Welcome!

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM

As you can see on the front page, the new ShortCuts feature is now an official part of the site. As I described them in my earlier article, ShortCuts “will be brief pieces – likely just a paragraph or two – reflecting points we want to make; subjects in the news worth a mention; books, movies, television shows, etc., that we’d like to recommend; articles on other websites worth reading; etc.”


They will appear on the right side of the front page, and for each there will be a link to a page where comments can be made, with the full story also appearing on that page. I want to highly recommend the most recent ShortCut, which came from our reader Hue-Man. It’s a link to a profile of a happily out 16-year old student scientist. His story perfectly reflects the “new millennial” ideal.


We would be happy to get suggestions for ShortCuts from all of our readers. You can either write it up yourself (subject to editing, of course), or just send us the idea. You don’t have to be a member to submit ideas. We’ll give you credit, though you can be anonymous if you’d like. Just use the “Contact Us” tab (currently under the “More” tab on the far right of the navigation bar).


I also took Hue-Man’s suggestion and finally figured out how to add a sign-in section on the front page. It’s very near the bottom. Once you are signed in that area also gives you links for accessing your inbox, editing your profile, or inviting other people to join. Signing in had been one of my annoyances as well, but as someone who’s technically challenged I had not been able to figure out how to fix that. Thanks to Hue-Man for prodding me to try again!

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Reply Hue-Man
8:05 PM on October 4, 2013 
Thanks for the sign-in fix. I didn't take the time to see whether the web-link to the Andraka story would work and apologize for messing up the layout of the comments section. Do you know if the web-link crashes the comment and, if so, is there a fix?
Jack Andraka is a reminder of our own youths - fearless, creative, energetic, fearless, audacious, unconventional, fearless (which also explains why so many young men die in car crashes). I look back at my own political and academic accomplishments in college and in my career during my 20s and 30s (certainly not on an Andraka or Turing level) - by not accepting the status quo, I was able to get things done that, in retrospect, should have been impossible. That Jack is making world-changing contributions in his teens and as an out gay man is truly spectacular.