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  1. Very sad to hear that Wayne will not publish the story on Nifty. I wish that he would contact me if he has some concerns.
  2. A partial history of Nifty is described in the History section of the "About" page. Nifty shifted to a non-CMU site because the staff member who originally started to collect the stories and provide the hosting chose to leave CMU because the university refused to recognize benefits for domestic partners. This also coincided with the litigation of the Communication Decency Act. When that was resolved, Nifty re-appeared and was hosted on a number of donated web hosting sites. Nifty eventually transitioned to its own web hosting. Nifty always welcomed contributions and some people uploaded
  3. I am planning more extensive changes to the main landing page and the flow of the site. If current readers want to provide feedback, that would be great. Nifty is one of the oldest sites on the Internet. Current users are comfortable with its quirks, but it is not very inviting to new users. I understand that current users don't want it to change. It needs to adapt and I want to make it better without driving away the current users.
  4. Nifty is exploring some options to improve the design and user interface of the website. If you would be interested to provide feedback about a mock up, please let me know. Thanks, Nifty
  5. Glad to know that it's working for you now. I don't understand why popups need to be enabled.
  6. JavaScript may have been turned off in your web browser by accident. Please check to make sure that JavaScript is enabled in Chrome under the Menu > Settings either Content Settings or Site Settings.
  7. I have been making a few changes to the Nifty Archives to make the site more mobile-friendly. One change improved font scaling on mobile devices. Another change implemented "infinite scrolling" of the index of stories for larger categories (similar to the behavior of the feed on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, etc.). There apparently are some formatting problems that affect MSIE 8, but even Microsoft discontinued support and maintenance for that version early last year. Recent versions of major web browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Safari, Opera) all work, including mobile devices.
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