Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Ignored Answers and Site Policies

Let’s Clear the Air

This blog doesn’t accept ads or sponsorships. I don’t own stock or accept royalties from any company or product mentioned on this blog. I don’t serve on any boards.

On occasion, I’m delighted to accept samples of stuff with very small (under $20 or so) value, just to be nice. I have to tell you, though, that there’s no correlation between mentioning stuff and whether or not someone sent it to me although if you send me a book, I will read it and probably mention it here. I would change that policy immediately if Rotary Air Force sent over a gyrocopter.

I also go out of my way not to write about things if someone sends me a press release. My goal in creating this blog is to spread my ideas and keep me from having to write a book about every single thing that pops into my head. I’m an amateur, not a professional. If any of this changes, I promise to let you know.

Where do you live? What do you do for a living?
I live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Canada.  I work with a small company called Stewart Properties on affordable housing project.  I write for The StarPhoenix, appear on the Saskatoon Afternoon Show with David Kirton.

Could you recommend some other sites like yours?
There’s a list of the sites I read in the sidebar of the front page, but that’s not quite the answer to the question. Here’s what Google thinks is related to jordoncooper.com. 

What is jordoncooper.com?
jordoncooper.com is the personal weblog of Jordon Cooper.

Is your name spelled Jordon or Jordan?
Despite the fact that most people get it wrong, Jordon is how I spell it. If you ever need to sue me, the legal spelling is Geordon. Only one person has ever pronounced this correctly upon reading it and his name was Jorge at the LAX location of Budget Car Rentals. Thanks Jorge, I will never forget you!

Why do you link to Wendy Cooper so often?
umm, we are married and the dog will bite me if I don’t.

Yeah, but what’s a blog?
Blog is short for weblog. It’s an interactive online journal, with the most recent entry on top.

What’s the point?
The site exists for a couple of reasons. 1) It is a place where I can just toss out ideas for people to take a look at. 2) It makes it easier for friends to keep in touch with Wendy and I. 3) A place to experiment with social software and the web. 4) A place for me to post links and articles that I think I may use later down the road and in my writing or preaching (like a public database). 5) A place to toss out ideas about postmodernity and the sort.

Do you make any money doing this?
Do you see any advertising or anything for sale outside of the Amazon.com links? No, I don’t make anything off the site. It is a hobby.

What sort of things get posted on the blog?
Urbanism, technology, poverty and housing issues, politics, and a bit of sports.

Who posts entries on the blog?
Wendy will occasionally but most of the time it will be me. Once in a while I will bring in a guest poster.

Why are some words on the blog in underlined navy letters?
These words are links to others pages. Clicking the bold words will take you to the page.

What does it mean to link?
We provide links to relevant stories, articles, or websites. However, jordoncooper.com does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external sites linked to from the blog.

Can anyone visit the blog?
No. Actually you shouldn’t be. Our secret agents are tracking your location as you read this.

How do I join the online discussion and community?
Just click on “Comments” at the bottom of each blog entry. This will open a page of comments known as a “thread.” If there is no comments to click on, then it means I don’t wish for discussion on this topic.

Can I post a comment?
It’s easy. At the end of each comment thread is a place to post your own comment.

Do I have to register to make a comment?
No. Just enter your name and email address, and speak your mind.

Can I write anything I want?
I encourage you to stay on topic, but I do not edit comments with which I disagree. I reserve the right to delete comments that are rude, derogatory, discriminatory, libelous or offensive.

Can I change my comment once I’ve posted it?
No. Your comment is saved permanently in the archives, and can be read by anybody.

Does anyone actually read them?
Lots of people do. I may not. I tend to post and then move on. The reason I am mentioning this is that some people try to contact me through the comments. A far better way to do that is to e-mail me.

What is a lurker?
Someone who reads the comments threads but doesn’t post his/her own comments. (That’s not a bad thing, but feel free to join the discussion!)

What is a troll?
A troll is someone who deliberately disrupts the discussion in the comments thread with moronic statements that are meant to inflame reactions or discourage discussion.. (It comes from the fishing term–a troller drops his lure hoping someone will bite.) We encourage commenters to stay on the thread’s topic, but trolling is inevitable and, let’s face it, sometimes amusing.

What do I do if I think I see a troll?
Please remain seated. Do not panic. If trolls are making posts that violate the comment policy, the best thing to do is ignore them. Responding to a troll simply prolongs the disruption of the discussion.

What do I do if I see someone spamming the comments?
Sadly there are laws about cruel and unusual punishment so the best course of action is NOT TO CLICK ON THE LINK and therefore rewarding their spamming. They will get deleted in time. Free free to e-mail me if you notice it.

How do I find an old entry or thread?
All entries are saved in the archives, which can be found on the lower right.

I have a great link that I would love for you to know about! What’s the best way to let you know?
E-mail me at jordoncooper AT gmail DOT com

How do you update your site? Can you help me set up a weblog?
I use a free weblog tool called WordPress. It lets me update my Web site from anywhere that has a net connection and a Web browser. 

If you want to start a weblog and don’t want to bother with the cost, you could try Blogger or WordPress.com

 

We’re doing this panel on such and such at this conference. Would you be interested in participating?

Yes indeed, get in touch. I even have experience.

What kind of camera did you use to take the photos on your site?

It’s a Kodak EasyShare CX6230 (buy at Amazon). I love it. If you’re looking to buy a new digital camera, I highly recommend the Digital Photography Review site as a place to start your search.

What about a link exchange? Will you link to my site from yours?

I don’t do link exchanges. I appreciate the link, but I don’t link to people just because they’ve linked to me.  Over the last couple of years litterally hundreds of people have asked me for links.  It would have made my blogroll a mile and a half long.  That doesn’t work for anyone.

Can I link to your site from mine?

Certainly. And you’ll be in some fine company if you do.

Does it really get as hot or cold in Saskatoon as you say.

See for yourself, here is the current weather information from Enviroment Canada and Weather.com

Frequently Ignored Answers and Site Policies

Let’s Clear the Air

This blog doesn’t accept ads or sponsorships. I don’t own stock or accept royalties from any company or product mentioned on this blog. I don’t serve on any boards.

On occasion, I’m delighted to accept samples of stuff with very small (under $20 or so) value, just to be nice. I have to tell you, though, that there’s no correlation between mentioning stuff and whether or not someone sent it to me although if you send me a book, I will read it and probably mention it here. I would change that policy immediately if Rotary Air Force sent over a gyrocopter.

I also go out of my way not to write about things if someone sends me a press release. My goal in creating this blog is to spread my ideas and keep me from having to write a book about every single thing that pops into my head. I’m an amateur, not a professional. If any of this changes, I promise to let you know.

Where do you live? What do you do for a living?
I live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Canada and I am the Sr. Pastor of Lakeland Community Church in Spiritwood, am part of the leadership for the Worship Freehouseand am the Director of Client Relations for PrairieFusion.

Could you recommend some other sites like yours?
There’s a list of the sites I read in the sidebar of the front page, but that’s not quite the answer to the question. Here’s what Google thinks is related to jordoncooper.com. You can also check out my Technorati link cosmos and my Blog Street Neighborhood.

What is jordoncooper.com?
jordoncooper.com is the personal weblog of Jordon Cooper.

Is your name spelled Jordon or Jordan?
Despite the fact that most people get it wrong, Jordon is how I spell it. If you ever need to sue me, the legal spelling is Geordon. Only one person has ever pronounced this correctly upon reading it and his name was Jorge at the LAX location of Budget Car Rentals. Thanks Jorge, I will never forget you!

Why do you link to Wendy Cooper so often?
umm, we are married and the dog will bite me if I don’t.

Yeah, but what’s a blog?
Blog is short for weblog. It’s an interactive online journal, with the most recent entry on top.

What’s the point?
The site exists for a couple of reasons. 1) It is a place where I can just toss out ideas for people to take a look at. 2) It makes it easier for friends to keep in touch with Wendy and I. 3) A place to experiment with social software and the web. 4) A place for me to post links and articles that I think I may use later down the road and in my writing or preaching (like a public database). 5) A place to toss out ideas about postmodernity and the sort.

Do you make any money doing this?
Do you see any advertising or anything for sale outside of the Amazon.com links? No, I don’t make anything off the site. It is a hobby.

What sort of things get posted on the blog?
Theology, postmodern culture and thought, Calgary Flames gloating (or mourning), advertisements for cool things my friends are doing, cool links and odd news, and the occasional post about the church I pastor.

Who posts entries on the blog?
Wendy will occasionally but most of the time it will be me. Once in a while I will bring in a guest poster.

Why are some words on the blog in underlined navy letters?
These words are links to others pages. Clicking the bold words will take you to the page.

What does it mean to link?
We provide links to relevant stories, articles, or websites. However, jordoncooper.com does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external sites linked to from the blog.

Can anyone visit the blog?
No. Actually you shouldn’t be. Our secret agents are tracking your location as you read this.

How do I join the online discussion and community?
Just click on “Comments” at the bottom of each blog entry. This will open a page of comments known as a “thread.” If there is no comments to click on, then it means I don’t wish for discussion on this topic.

Can I post a comment?
It’s easy. At the end of each comment thread is a place to post your own comment.

Do I have to register to make a comment?
No. Just enter your name and email address, and speak your mind.

Can I write anything I want?
I encourage you to stay on topic, but I do not edit comments with which I disagree. I reserve the right to delete comments that are rude, derogatory, discriminatory, libelous or offensive. I also reserve the right to edit any comment made by Jeb, Gloria, Cathy, orDarren (I don’t trust any of them and Gloria often manages to post comments that look like they come from someone else… no I don’t know how she does this). A good question to ask yourself before commenting is, “Did Jordon write this himself or is he linking to someone else?” If I am linking to something someone else wrote, you may want to dialogue with the author rather than me as they know the topic better. You may also want to reconsider using the phrase anti-American when or if I question W. Disagreeing with the President of the United States, does not mean I hate America.

Can I change my comment once I’ve posted it?
No. Your comment is saved permanently in the archives, and can be read by anybody.

Does anyone actually read them?
Lots of people do. I may not. I tend to post and then move on. The reason I am mentioning this is that some people try to contact me through the comments. A far better way to do that is to e-mail me.

What is a lurker?
Someone who reads the comments threads but doesn’t post his/her own comments. (That’s not a bad thing, but feel free to join the discussion!)

What is a troll?
A troll is someone who deliberately disrupts the discussion in the comments thread with moronic statements that are meant to inflame reactions or discourage discussion.. (It comes from the fishing term–a troller drops his lure hoping someone will bite.) We encourage commenters to stay on the thread’s topic, but trolling is inevitable and, let’s face it, sometimes amusing.

What do I do if I think I see a troll?
Please remain seated. Do not panic. If trolls are making posts that violate the comment policy, the best thing to do is ignore them. Responding to a troll simply prolongs the disruption of the discussion.

What do I do if I see someone spamming the comments?
Sadly there are laws about cruel and unusual punishment so the best course of action is NOT TO CLICK ON THE LINK and therefore rewarding their spamming. They will get deleted in time. Free free to e-mail me if you notice it.

How do I find an old entry or thread?
All entries are saved in the archives, which can be found on the lower right.

I have a great link that I would love for you to know about! What’s the best way to let you know?
E-mail me at jordoncooper AT gmail DOT com

How do you update your site? Can you help me set up a weblog?
I use a free weblog tool called Blogger. It lets me update my Web site from anywhere that has a net connection and a Web browser. PrairieFusion also has a kick butt publishing engine that rivals Moveable Type for features and power.

If you want to start a weblog and don’t want to bother with the cost, you could tryBlogger, Pitas, Diaryland, or LiveJournal.  I have posted some mini-reviews on my site of many of the popular blogging tools.

How many e-mail do you get in a day?
Anywhere from a couple hundred to over a thousand. Most of it is spam but often days there are 100 people e-mailing me who want an answer. When you do the math, it is an impossible number of people to communicate with in any depth.

Contrary to popular belief, I do not do this as a job, nor do I have an administrative assistant to handle my mail. It all goes right to me. If I don’t respond to your e-mail it is a) because I have fallen several hundred behind b) didn’t think it needed a response c) it got caught by my spam filter. It isn’t because I don’t like you or any personal reasons.

What kind of e-mail do you hate?
a) E-mail lecturing me for not responding to my e-mail. b) E-mail telling me everytime you have updated your blog (very high chance of having your e-mail blocked) c) E-mail that makes assumptions about my theological beliefs that are totally wrong and based on one post. d) E-mail that is looking for a debate or wanting to attack. It isn’t that I don’t enjoy debate, I really do but I don’t have the time to do as I once did. If you want some excellent theological discussion, head on over to Stephen Sheild’s site Faith Maps and sign up for their discussion list or John O’Keefe’s ginkworld.net’s postmodern theology discussion list. Another great place for discussion is TheOoze’s message board andEmergent Village.

What kind of e-mail do you like?
E-mail that extends a post. I love e-mail with links, corrections, or recommendations. I don’t mind doing interviews if I have enough time, or giving out advice.

Why don’t you ever answer your email?
I enjoy receiving email. I enjoy reading email. I am horrible at answering email because I get too much of it. If you send me email and I do not respond, please accept my most humble apologies and all I can ask for is grace.

What about instant messenging you?
I have two computers logged on at almost all time. A lot of people contact me a day and really is an interuption. Often times by the time I notice, the person has logged off. Don’t get all upset if I don’t respond to your IM. It means that I am really busy doing things or am away from my computer.

We’re doing this panel on such and such at this conference. Would you be interested in participating?
Yes indeed, get in touch. I even have experience.

What kind of camera did you use to take the photos on your site?
It’s a Kodak EasyShare CX6230 (buy at Amazon). I love it. If you’re looking to buy a new digital camera, I highly recommend the Digital Photography Review site as a place to start your search.

What software do you use to design your site?
Dreamweaver. I recently made the switch from Microvision’s WebExpress which I had used and loved for years but it isn’t being developed anymore and it was just time to say goodbye.  For the graphics I use Paint Shop Pro.  Simple, easy to use tools make Jordon really happy.

What about a link exchange? Will you link to my site from yours?
I don’t do link exchanges. I appreciate the link, but I don’t link to people just because they’ve linked to me.  Over the last couple of years litterally hundreds of people have asked me for links.  It would have made my blogroll a mile and a half long.  That doesn’t work for anyone.

Can I link to your site from mine?
Certainly. And you’ll be in some fine company if you do.

Does it really get as hot or cold in Saskatoon as you say.
See for yourself, here is the current weather information from Enviroment Canada and Weather.com

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