OpenWetWare steering committee/Community development ideas
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Please post any ideas you have about OpenWetWare community development here.
- An improved OpenWetWare:Community Portal would go a long way towards encouraging the growth of the "back-end" user community. We could use the wikipedia community portal as a model.
- Can embed google video on a site (without even a google logo on it or anything) and they will stream for free, so we could host videos there if we wanted.
- At the last steering committee meeting we brought up looking into the Singapore/MIT alliance rooms that already have the built-in AV equipment.
- Not sure if this belongs here, but it would be great if we could get people to put at least a small amount of info on their user pages, particularly those who contribute regularly. I think accountability for/credibility of info on OWW kind of depends on this. Otherwise, we should just allow editing to be anonymous. Not too much info is required for this, just a short bit about who they are.--Kathleen
- We've been trying to encourage this as much as possible. Every email that goes out to a new user includes a line encouraging them to start editing their user page. In fact, with many new users, we put a line on their user page for them when we create the account. However, many of the recent influx of OWW users are BE.109 students, and so I haven't been doing this because they are supposed to put something on their user page as part of their assignment. Regardless, I agree that this is a good idea. --RS
Custom Recent Changes
At the sub-group meeting on 2/22/06, we discussed having the ability to track changes for customized groups of pages. One thought is to have all the possible namespace in the drop-down list on the recent changes site. There are a variety of things we could do, here are just a few to begin.
- Use Existing Functionality. We can track categories by going to a particular category page and tracking related changes. Thus, the endy lab could have a category of all its pages, and have a link to the related changes page for that category.
- Pages can have multiple categories
- No additional coding (don't have to worry about updates, et cetera)
- Recent changes page is unchanged. Harder to figure out where to go.
- Must categorize pages that you want searched. Causes ugly categorization thing at bottom.
- Is there a way to make categories visible only in the code, not on the page?
- We can use an existing extension, such as this to encode custom recent changes functionality. What this does is makes a particular page a recent changes page for all pages with a specified prefix. This would, to a first approximation, let us track changes for all the different spaces that material is on.
- Don't have to label each page with a category
- Each page will have only one possible recent changes
- Won't work with redirects (I think).
- Could become broken every time we update
- We could write our own functionality.
- Could customize whatever we wanted
- Lots of work
- Needs maintenance, yet another thing we need to worry about.
Anyways, let me know what you think --Sri Kosuri