Scheduling Change

Since PARC took over Vintage Portland in 2014, we have posted at 6:00 am on the weekdays. Starting Monday, November 30, 2020, Vintage Portland will begin posting at 8:00 am. We are changing the post time so we can better monitor the site. I know many of you look forward to the posts first thing in the morning, but this is a change aimed at improving everyone’s experience. I hope this schedule update will not change your ability to interact with the Vintage Portland community. Thank you for your continued support, it is greatly appreciated.

City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2004-002.1436.

35 thoughts on “Scheduling Change

  1. Love this site and enjoy the historic images and the informed valuable comments by knowledgeable subscribers. Keep up the good work. Happy Holidays to all.

    Bob Clay

    Bob Clay – Sent from my iPhone


  2. Y’all gave me a chuckle! Thanks!

    but, November only has 30 days!

    On Wed, Nov 25, 2020 at 4:16 PM Vintage Portland wrote:

    > Vintage Portland posted: “Since PARC took over Vintage Portland in 2014, > we have posted at 6:00 am on the weekdays. Starting Monday, November 31, > 2020, Vintage Portland will begin posting at 8:00 am. We are changing the > post time so we can better monitor the site. I know many of y” >

  3. If I may ask, what needs to be monitored?

    I’ve enjoyed the site, and the morning emails, for years. There is no problem that I’ve seen, so one wonders what problem existed as you see it?

  4. What needs to be monitored?

    Seriously, I’ve seen no problem, and I’ll be frank: I’ve enjoyed the emails at 6AM because I can look at them before work, and at 8 AM this may not be possible.

  5. I would prefer 6am, if you are open to opinions on this. After I’m up and about I seldom look at things like this.

  6. I, and every other patriot who voted for keeping the 6:00 AM post time, will not allow the vote to be stolen by a greater majority of people who disagreed with us. Make Vintage Portland extra early in the morning again!

  7. Thanks for the heads up. I understand the need for the change. Every now and then a comment is posted here that violates the City of Portland’s policies. Since as far as I know there are no City of Portland employees at work at 6 am to monitor those comments changing the posting time to 8 am when there are employees available to monitor the comments makes sense. As a side note how about bringing the photo id contest back in the new year? That was a fun contest.

  8. I have noted, sadly, a increasing amount of negative and inflammatory comments. I’m guessing this reason for the change. Not sure if it’s trolling, or just old-fashioned sanctimony (and politics), but I welcome the time change if it alleviates this trend. For those not noting this issue, I hope it’s because the comments have been removed before you clicked. It that isn’t the reason…

  9. What are the twin white towers at the left of this image?
    (and the posting time makes no difference to me, I get to them eventually)

  10. Barbara beat me to the question – what is the white church/castle left center and a similar dark behemoth in the bottom right? Are all of the buildings in foreground on the east side of the river?

  11. Vintage Portland posts are a welcome palette cleanser from the daily news cycle.
    The comments are generally fun, full of trivia and knowledge, and mostly (!) free of snark and politics.
    Thanks to all for that.

  12. Thirty days has September, April, June and November …

    On Wed, Nov 25, 2020 at 4:15 PM Vintage Portland wrote:

    > Vintage Portland posted: “Since PARC took over Vintage Portland in 2014, > we have posted at 6:00 am on the weekdays. Starting Monday, November 31, > 2020, Vintage Portland will begin posting at 8:00 am. We are changing the > post time so we can better monitor the site. I know many of y” >

  13. Later posting give me a chance to sleuth before all the smart people solve the mysteries. Ed/Barbara I believe the twin white spires is St Francis Church at SE 12th & Pine St.

  14. Barbara & Ed the VP photo from February 11, 2011 has a larger version of this 1912 panorama of Portland, and the VP photo from February 9, 2011 has a photo of St Francis Church with a 1931 news story on the fate of the twin spires on the church.

  15. From the looks of Mt Hood in the photo, 1918 must have been a warm summer with high snowmelt.

    This photo was taken at 5 pm from somewhere in the Western hills, Washington Park perhaps, and evening traffic jams would have consisted of pedestrians, trollies, horse-drawn wagons, and early gas and electric vehicles. It kinda cool to see what things looked like before eastward urban sprawl got completely out of hand.

    It was nice to find a VP post today (totally unexpected). I enjoy this site tremendously and I’m glad we all have such a site to enjoy. Thank you, VP moderators.

  16. Booh. Keep the 0600 timeslot. Surely the posts are automatically done then and you do not need to get up at 4 am to organize them.
    You are doing a disservice to ALL moving it till later in the day!

  17. I agree with the need for the change. Those of us who have enjoyed this site for many years have seen the single pursuit of all things Portland history clouded by those with an ugly agenda. Many thanks to our wise moderators.

  18. Ed the building in the lower right of this photo is I believe the old Portland High School at 14th & Morrison which was built in 1885 and torn down in mid August 1928. The Oregonian on August 12, 1928 has a photo of the clock tower crashing to the ground after being pulled down by a thick manila rope attached to a truck. The VP photo from February 23, 1910 has a photo of the school, and the VP photo on October 18, 2010 is a panorama from 1890 that has a good view of the school.

  19. Well, if you look at 6 every morning, you’ll simply be seeing the previous day’s post each day. I don’t see the problem, it’s not liker this is news that gets old.

  20. The comments are pretty much a “closed shop” here, the same little group of people, who won’t accept comments from outside their little group.!!

  21. Oracle : What? Anyone can post a comment here. What do you mean by ” Won’t accept comments from outside their little group? “

  22. From looking over the posts I can see that quality of comments is the issue. This is at least understandable as a rationale.

    Up until this point, I’ve read the morning posts for maybe 6-8 years, and the only times I posted was in this instance, and once when an odd brick building that was on a piece of property that then owned was in one of the photos. So this is why I was unaware that there was perceived to be an emerging problem, and that our genteel readers’ feelings might be hurt.

    …and no, it’s not the same reading yesterday’s 8AM post the next day at 6AM. The email is by then buried by the previous day’s incoming email.

    And nope, I’m not going to make a filter.

    I’ll just read it at 8 AM, noting with a warm feeling of security that I’ll never be subjected to any unpleasantness, thanks to benevolent intervention.

  23. Would a compromise be to post the pictures at 6 but not allow comments until after 8? I understand full well the need to make the change and I support it. For those of you asking why–please understand that VP has been diligent about deleting offensive comments when reported and it is likely that they did so prior to your viewing. I have reported a couple of such comments. These were not merely borderline, or suggestive, or politically unpopular. Theses were out-and-out hate speech.

  24. Hmmm…

    Good point, Richard.

    If one assumes that by delaying the posting of the photos, and hence the possibility of making comments (innocuous or otherwise) until 8 AM this will solve the problem, then by sliding the posting of the images until 8 AM, we are asking all those who enjoy seeing VP as early as possible to wait 2 hours to guard the *possibility* that objectionable comments will come within the 2 hour gap between 6 AM and 8 AM, when monitors on on the job.

    So merely delaying the comment section for 2 hours would make ***everyone*** happy, it seems. The SW could probably easily accept comments coming in between 6 AM and 8 AM, but not publish them until 8 AM.

    Or, the monitor could blacklist repeat offenders, accepting no comments from such miscreants.

    Two other questions:

    1) What happens to the comments that arrive after the monitor’s workday? E.g., offensive comments that come in at 9 PM? Does the monitor take care of them the *next* morning?

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if the vast bulk of the offensive comments came in at a late hour, and we are big asked to delay the viewing of the images until 8 AM to cover comments that come in late, rather than early?

    2) Can we get the images *earlier*–say at 4 AM? ;^)

  25. Richard — Your idea is a GREAT ONE!!! If those of us who love to do the research could get started on that before 8 a.m., we could certainly wait to post. I have more free time between 6:00 and 7:30 a.m. for research than I do after 8:00.

    And I echo your explanation about what the deleted comments were like. Those of us who do comment can choose to receive email notices of subsequent posts on the same day, and some of those offensive comments would come through that way but the moderator prevented their being posted publicly.

  26. Thank you all for understanding. Please know that we weighed all our option and decided this was the best course of action. If this change does not assist in the administration of the site, we will consider returning to the 6:00 am post time.

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