[Novalug] Novalug Website -- EVERYONE, please read this!!!
Paul D. Bain
paulbain at pobox.com
Sun Mar 4 16:24:40 EST 2007
gregory pryzby wrote:
> Website. Ok, so I have done NOTHING and haven't really pushed or
> prodded for someone to put a new site together. Maybe I will hack
> something together this weekend.
> If you have something you want to share, PLEASE DO. It is time to get
> teh site updated. There are no restrictions-- let your imagination
First, NoVa LUG must make a decision. It must decide whether it wants
to improve the content of the NoVa LUG website or, instead, whether it
wants to improve our virtual, Internet community by installing some form
of "community-ware" (CW), which is software whose purpose is build
Internet-based communities (IBC). Certain CW (I cannot recall its name)
will copy all email sent to a mailing list server (List Serv, e.g.,
Mailman or ezmlm) into web forum software (PHP BB? Again, I cannot
remember), where the emails can be served by a web server and sent to
web browsers. Such CW might help NoVa LUG avoid the fiasco that the LUG
suffered last autumn when the List Serv stopped working for weeks at a
time. Such CW might have provided the redundancy that the LUG needed in
that situation because the web forum would have continued to meet our
IBC needs even after the List Serv crashed. This particular CW will
_also_ copy all posts made to the _web_ forum to the List Serv, which
would email it to all list participants -- unless you configure it not
to do so. IOW, we could have "two-way" traffic: every email sent to the
List Serv would be sent to the web forum (and posted there as a
comment), and every comment posted to the web forum could be sent to the
List Serv (and emailed to the list's participants). Cool, huh?
A third advantage of such CW is that it _might_ allow comments (in the
web forum) to be moderated in Slashdot fashion (I cannot remember),
allowing for richer interactivity and hence a richer community. Finally,
such CW might also facilitate other community features, e.g., polls and
surveys or other forms of member interaction.
The reason that I am raising this issue is that, when you asked a
similar question last October, some respondents indicated that they
wanted an improved IBC, whereas others indicated that they wanted
improved content on the LUG website, which would require a content
management system (CMS). A third faction expressed a desire for improved
collaboration (IIRC, some wanted a shared, group calendar), which is
facilitated with "group-ware" (GW), a third type of software.
I think that NoVa LUG needs to have a full discussion of this matter.
What do we want? Better website content, a better IBC, or better
collaboration among our members? We cannot decide which software to
install before we decide this question.
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