the forumbot is not meant for this forum. think of a sort of IRC chatterbot, but then on a forum. it could be useful for numerous things, or at least lulz. it's also my first attempts at writing a program in Python and i keep putting off working on it, even though the coding is quite straightforward. i'm still working on the (programming) interface to easily have the python script log on, read and post. the actual "AI" aspect is really of secundary importance, as a simple ruleset with some manual steering will be sufficient for most purposes, i think.
the front page, yeah i could use a hand with that. mostly with the graphics design part of it. i can do cool graphics, but it's really time-intensive and i'm too perfectionist
however, once i got a layered design in photoshop (or gimp), i can transform it into neat HTML and CSS without much effort.
currently my design is looking like this:http://www.principiadiscordia.com/new_index.html
which looks very fancy (except in IE6, but i can fix that), but only if your resolution is 1280px wide
otherwise the chao slides a bit behind the logo, which "looks like a mistake" according to cram, and i agree.
btw, i mailed the guy who painted that sacred chao painting (same guy that painted the cover of the hardback PD) and he's totally okay with us using it for the front page, as long as we give him [Mat Sadler] credit somewhere.
so if someone could perhaps draw up a graphics design, sort of similar to the one i have now (because i think what i have now looks really sexy) but without the problem that it looks crappy at less than 1280px, i could get on with the HTML and CSS.
and then all those fancy features like a list of the latest blog postings, a random line from our news-ticker, and whatever more.