Creech's blog

Facelift on the NPSL

Last night I completed an upgrade to the NPSL site. We hope that it will make our collective mission clearer (there is now a static home page) and the site a bit more readable (the contrast is a little better for viewing). On the left, you'll see a short list of the most recent posts. In the top menu, there is an item called "The Blogs". "The Blogs" will take you to the "river of news" that is all bloggers posts in a single place.

I hope you like the changes. Please let me know at matthew [at] dogstar [dot] org if you see any problems, broken links, and so forth.


How Many People Have Visited?

We started tracking traffic on the nonprofitcommons on March 20th, 2007. It was a trickle at first--10 or 12 visitors a day. I thought it might be of interest to give an overview of what we look like as a community. How many of us have come? What have we been using? How long do we stay?

A couple of weeks back, I started doing an analysis of the past two years. I thought it would be interesting give a brief over view of traffic and where that traffic has come from.

Knight News Challenge -- Opensource Grantmaking

Hi All,

It would be great if you could point your browser at: OpenSource Grant Making System on the Knight News Challenge, register and cast your vote in support.

We're trying to put together a free opensource alternative to other grantmaking solutions. Your vote (5 stars!) would be helpful.

Matthew (Creech)

Knight News Challenge Application

Hi All,

I need your help! The company I work for, pingVision, has submitted an application to the Knight News Challenge. I've written about this project before. We'd like to build an open source Drupal based grant making system. If you'd like to see a free option available in this arena, please go to:

OpenSource Grant Making System and cast your vote in support.

Introducing ""

I am a Dad.

I became a father about three and a half years ago by adopting a little girl in my immediate community that needed a mom and a dad. My wife and I had looked at adopting internationally but ultimately decided that there was so much need in our own backyard that we would grow our family through social services. My wife and I started out as foster parents and ultimately segued into finalising.

Out with the Old and In with the New

You've probably noticed a change to the Commons' Web site.

  • It has a bit of a new look
  • Site elements have moved some.
  • The site has been upgraded from Drupal 5.x to 6.x
  • You'll see that URLs are now human friendly
  • An XML sitemap has been added for URL spiders
  • Meta-tags can be added to each post

As you look around, if you see anything that is out of place or not working correctly--please let me know!

Creech Antwerp (Matthew Saunders)

An Open Source Grant Making System

Grant-making isn't a cheap venture. Even if you are a re-granting agency (you are given money to give away), the overhead involved in running a grants program is significant. I want to help that change.

Mollom Spam Filter -- An Update

Mollom has been doing its job pretty well. In the last month it has caught over 1100 potential spam comments on the site! Where I had been engaged in daily cleanup of of anywhere from 20-50 spam comments, I have only had to "pick off' a handful manually.

I guess the question is, have the members of this community found it easier or harder to use the site? Have you noticed any change?

Let me know.

Creech (Matthew)

Who Can Use the Calendar?

The event calendar belongs to this community! However, if you'd like to add events to the calendar, you need to have special permissions. You can ask Glitteratica, Penguin, or me to set you up! After you have "the keys", pop on over to the EVENT PAGE. There is a tutorial if you'd need some HELP.

Mollom Spam Filter

The NPC site was getting a fair bit of spam--mostly dealing with World of Warcraft gold--so we've decided to install Mollom to the site. Mollom is a spam catching service that will try and determine if your comment is a) spam, b) could be spam, or c) is spam and it takes appropriate action ranging from nothing, to a captcha challenge, to blocking the content.

Let me know at matthew [at] dogstar [dot] org if you see anything strange. Otherwise, happy posting!

If you are interested in how to install Mollom on a Drupal website, I have put together a short tutorial on my Nonprofits and Web 2.0 Site.

Creech Antwerp / Matthew Saunders


Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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