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By Adam Bink

The staff here just wants to check in again and see how everyone’s doing, but without a long survey — just a check-in over in the comments. Tell us how we’re doing… what do you like about the content (the blog posts) and what could use improvement? The technical aspects of the site? The writers? Features you’d like to see? Please be as candid as possible and leave a comment. As always, you’re welcome to e-mail a comment in private to prop8trial at couragecampaign dot org as well.

Let us know in the comments, and thanks for reading This will be the last survey thread this week.


  • 1. Russ  |  August 31, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I think you guys are doing a great job. I've only been following for a short time but I' be been very impressed. Russ

  • 2. MattAlgren  |  August 31, 2012 at 11:54 am

    You were doing an awesome job until you started spamming my RSS feed with these identical posts every damn day. Stop it.

  • 3. Adam Bink  |  August 31, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Not everyone reads the blog every day. Today is the last survey day. The goal is to ensure feedback from as many people as possible, not just the people on Monday or Thursday. My suggestion: keep scrolling, and a very happy Labor Day weekend to you, too.

  • 4. Michael  |  August 31, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Your emails and posts are very encouraging so keep them coming, though perhaps at a lower frequency. Can I sign up for just one all-encompassing email a day?

  • 5. Sagesse  |  August 31, 2012 at 2:18 pm


  • 6. Guest  |  September 1, 2012 at 5:52 am

    I'm a little disappointed that there generally seems to be no updates over the weekend. Gay news isn't just M-F. Thought I haven't seen them in the last week or two, I also found the weekly round-ups to be annoying.

    Other than that, pretty happy with the site.

  • 7. Jay  |  September 1, 2012 at 6:49 am

    I love the site, but I don't like the pop-up asking visitors to sign-up for updates every time one enters. I prefer to come to the site itself every day rather than have e-mail. Could you make the sign-up request lest obtrusive?

    As I posted earlier, I think you guys do a wonderful job in reporting about developments on the marriage equality front. Thank you for your hard work!

  • 8. Mike in Baltimore  |  September 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    If you don't erase cookies each time you exit, the pop-up won't reappear the next time you go to the site.

  • 9. Fluffyskunk  |  September 2, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Use a user stylesheet or browser addon such as Greasemonkey<a/> to hide the elements <code>#simplemodal-overlay</code> and <code>#simplemodal-container</code> to get rid of the notice forever. For example, here's my userContent.css:

    <pre>#simplemodal-overlay { display: none !important; }
    #simplemodal-container { display: none !important; }</pre>

  • 10. Fluffyskunk  |  September 2, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Oops, looks like something went wrong with my HTML there. Try this, without the pre tags:

    #simplemodal-overlay { display: none !important; }
    #simplemodal-container { display: none !important; }

  • 11. Matt  |  September 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I appreciate everything CC does. Everything looks fine to me 🙂 Obviously not everyone agrees. Options for update frequency would be good.

  • 12. Jason  |  September 1, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I think that your legal analysis lacks both depth and breadth. The authors of these posts are not attorneys. So, although they might accurately reflect the facts of a filing, judgment, etc. I give absolutely no weight to their legal interpretations. I would much rather hear from litigators with actual experience.

  • 13. Jay  |  September 2, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Jason, this simply is not true. The legal analyses here have been excellent. Often there are forums, such as whether we should argue against cert in the Prop 8 case, in which both attorneys and non-attorneys present analysis. Moreover, there are also many attorneys who are quoted in the posts and who respond to the posts. You might have a better case were you specific instead of making a scattershot charge.

  • 14. Jason  |  September 11, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Ok, in the last week this blog has posted filings from the DOMA cases as well as various challenges to state Constitutional amendments. Nowhere among these are learned views of actual attorneys expounded.

  • 15. Sagesse  |  September 2, 2012 at 8:02 am

    P8TT has become the 'go to' site for LGBT rights. And doing a fine job of it. Thank you all.

    The next few months are going to be hectic. Game making (game changing?) decisions will be made as the Prop 8 and DOMA cases make their way through the courts. The outcome of the presidential and congressional elections is on everyone's radar. The balance of legislative power in the states will affect how progress is made (or not) in protecting LGBT residents and their families.

    In the state ballot initiatives, the money (and the ads and the rhetoric) have not really begun to flow yet. Either NOM has not released their funds and other resources yet, or they don't have any beyond what they've already committed. The landscape is very different this time, with certain marriage equality campaigns (Washington comes to mind) being very well funded and backed by prominent local businesses. One lone judge in Iowa faces a confirmation vote.

    I expect folks here will continue to follow and report on developments for those of us who are finding it harder to keep up (not altogether a bad thing).

    There are also wars of words and votes being fought that may seem to be OT for this board, but I would argue are not. The same legislators and would-be legislators who are waging a 'war on women', who would dismantle the Affordable Care Act and Medicare and Medicaid, who are fighting immigration reform or are otherwise subtly or not-so-subtly racist… they are no friends of the LGBT community. I am often tempted to post a Quick Hit about a seemingly OT topic… voter ID laws, for instance… and I hesitate to suggest P8TT address them, with so much else going on, but worth a thought perhaps.

  • 16. Bob  |  September 2, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    and Thank You Sagesse,,, for all the times you post to quick hits,,,

    I hear you,,, i.e. so much going on,,, what is off topic???? I'd say we're being swamped by all these wars,, on women ,, health care,,, id laws,,, we can see the length the republicans will go to,,,,

    this really is a fight for everyone's rights,,,, would like to see updates on campaigns and polling,, and getting people to the polls,, but wait Rachel Maddow and Msnbc got that covered,,,,,

  • 17. Jude  |  September 2, 2012 at 9:54 am

    This is a really great, informative site; I visit at least once a day. The only (small) comment I have to make is that people may think that, since it's called 'prop8trialtracker', it may only follow news relating to Prop 8, instead of the much wider field of LGBT rights/news that it does.

    Apologies if this has already been mentioned before. It's just that I recommended this site to someone the other day and they presumed that it would only cover news about Prop 8 because of the name of the site, and I had to explain to them that it covers much more than just Prop 8.

    Anyway, keep up the great work 🙂

  • 18. Reformed  |  September 2, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Was about to mention the same thing. Are there any plans to transition this site post prop 8 success at the supreme court. Not sure what the next battle will be afterward, but the specific nature of prop 8 trial tracker, why super relevant all these years, might have a problem transitioning to the next thing after the end of prop 8 becomes settled. It seems like a great community that should continue.

    As to the breath of legal analysis, I don't think It could be any better. But someone on a completely different level, might have another opinion (evidently). Too me it seems like every angle gets chased down to the end very well here.

    Would be nice if this group could be organized as a rapid response community to take concerted actions and build on this site just being a good resource for information.

  • 19. Bob  |  September 3, 2012 at 10:25 am

    great idea,,, organize into a rapid response community,,,, to take concerted actions,,,,, on whatever fronts come up next,,,,,,,,

    it's so true I have watched every angle get chased down to the end,, by the people who visit this site and are dedicated to having TRUTH as a result of committed joint efforts,,, on the road towards equality,,,,,, for everyone,,,,,,,,, RAINBOW WARRIORS,,,,,,

    perfecting the ability to turn tragedy into triumph,,, when LGBT;S have that as their goal,, everyone wins……..

  • 20. grod  |  September 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I count on the insights found here. When there are obvious errors of fact pointed out by subscriber/visitors, these are quickly corrected and acknowledged in particular posts. I appreciate regular contributors also responding to comments that are made.
    Jay's comment above pop-up needs to be corrected at your end rather than the visitor.
    Thank you for all the effort made to help us keep current and informed. And also thank you to all the subscribers/visitors who through your contributions or votes make this site a regular one for me. I echo Jude – keep up the great work – you make a difference.

  • 21. Jim  |  September 2, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Your site is incredible. We live in California and have been following this site since Prop 8 was born. You have news almost immediately whereas the news, if it is covered at all, is usually days behind your site. For those that live in areas where the news is one sided, this site is extremely important to them. Keep up your good work, and please do not change the title from Prop 8 until Prop 8 is no longer, and then maybe it should be kept because Prop 8 is what woke up the LGBT community and the original reason for this site.

  • 22. Hal  |  September 3, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I like your site very much. Thanks for putting it together. My only (very petty) complaint is that I keep getting asked to subscribe every time I visit. It would be better if you could put this question in the existing page, rather than on top of it. Thanks again!

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