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Jo Frowde: Promoted to SD World Webmaster

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I'm pleased as punch to announce that Jo Frowde has been promoted to SD World Webmaster and has restored the coding for the website to current standards. Jo is also an ISN Assistant Webmaster for Sclero.org, ISN News Manager, Manager of Sclero Forums, Sclero Forums Chat Host and an ISN Hotline Support Specialist.

 

SD World began as an email list that was started by Judy Tarro. It was dedicated to providing a place where those who suffer from scleroderma and other autoimmune problems could gather in a warm, friendly forum for an upbeat, open and free exchange of thoughts, ideas and information.

 

Jude passed away in May 2009, and left her website to the nonprofit International Scleroderma Network (ISN) at www.sclero.org, where she was also a valued volunteer, up to her very last day. (Also see Sclero Forums, and How to Volunteer) Posted 11/11/2016.


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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Jo, I want to be the first to congratulate you on your promotion to Webmaster of SD World, which is about the most well-deserved and hard-earned promotion there ever was around here!

 

For a little background so that others can appreciate this major milestone.  In January 2015, Jo was promoted to Assistant Webmaster of our main SCLERO.ORG website, and began an intricate and arduous training program to learn html language, Dreamweaver, our complex main site development of over 2,000 -- and in 23 languages, no less!

 

Part of her training course was self-training for the software. That was supplemented by weekly Skype training by me, with sessions lasting from one to three hours. After about a year, she had the gist of our main website and was very proficient at working with our existing code and building new content daily. She had learned about all sorts of scary things, like javascript and php, clouds, caches, htaccess files, robots texts, sitemaps -- why, the list was virtually endless!

 

In the process she achieved a significant goal, and nearly had a heart attack, when she fulfilled our requirement to accidentally take down our whole site, forums and all, from the internet. It's like a rite of passage for webmasters around here, and a great test of our emergency preparedness, too!

 

After a year, she earned the privilege to be Assistant Webmaster of SD World, as well.  As I explained above, SD World was a website that was started by Judy Tarro in the late 1990's, about the same time as I began the sclero.org website -- which at the time was known as "Scleroderma from A to Z".  Jude and I became very close friends over the years, and she was an enormous booster of our website and the eventual nonprofit agency that we became. 

 

Jude was very active in our forums, where her handle was "JudeTheGrouch", and it cracked me up every time I saw it, as Jude was one of the cheeriest people you'd ever met.  Jude, Syl, and Lin formed the heart of SD World and their fun-loving bent enlivened and warmed our whole community.

 

When Jude passed away in 2009, she willed her computer and her SD World website to the International Scleroderma Network, and we kept her site online.  However, website coding standards are continually changed and being about a decade out of date takes a huge toll on any site.  But this created an ideal challenge for Jo, who was ready to learn about old coding, how to create her own CSS styles from scratch, and how to think through the actual development of a site and it's templates, from the ground up.

 

So for the past year, Jo embarked on her SD World training course, again with weekly Skype training sessions with me. This time, she learned how to intentionally delete a site, which she happily found was much more relaxing than doing it by accident. She learned CSS inside and out, made her own templates, painstakingly rebuilt page after page of Don and Karol's trip, and conference photos. She was waylaid for a few weeks playing the games on Jude's site, such as Marbles and Jigsaw puzzles.

 

She worried endlessly over whether or not Jude would like what she had done and was doing to the site. I'm sure you'll all agree with me that Jude would be absolutely thrilled with Jo's amazing efforts in keeping Jude's fun and loving spirit alive and well, and preserving such an Internet treasure for all of us.

 

Congratulations, Jo, on an outstanding job on a lovely site, and for fully deserving the right, honor, and privilege of being Webmaster of SD World!

 

I say, it's time for another Sclero Happy Dance!

 

:hug-group::hug-bear::jump-for-joy::yes::you-rock::woo-hoo:

:happy-dance-line: :happy-dance-line: :happy-dance-line:


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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Thanks so much, Shelley, for such a glowing testimonial! :thank-you:

 

I'm not sure I really deserve it, as it's only through your patient teaching that I've managed to pick up the basics of web mastering. Updating the coding for Jude's SD World site has given me a lot more confidence, although I'm still jolly careful about pressing the "Delete" button on Dreamweaver (with which I have a love/hate relationship!) As Shelley has described, my most ignominious moment was when I managed to delete the entire Medical and News Directories off the main Sclero.org website; at the time I thought a heart attack might be imminent!! :wink::sad:

 

However, both the websites and I have managed to survive (so far!) As Shelley has explained, SD World is a cracking site and I'm hoping that Judy would be really pleased to see what we've done to update it, whilst trying to keep the same flavour and joy that she originally put into it. It has given me a lot of pleasure to work on it and has helped increase my knowledge, as web mastering is a constant and ongoing learning process.

 

It's saving my aging brain from atrophying and I'm looking forward to hopefully lots more years of working on the websites with Shelley (whose infinite patience with some of the idiot things I can do deserves to be rewarded!!)

 

I do hope that you can all enjoy visiting and reading SD World as much as I've enjoyed working on it.


Jo Frowde

ISN Board Member

ISN Assistant Webmaster

SD World Webmaster

ISN Sclero Forums Manager

ISN News Manager

ISN Hotline Support Specialist

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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