Hello guys, I created this post that I’ll edit when I work on the web stuff of the BBUG 🙂
- Wiki added to the forum this afternoon, for now you can access it here: http://www.bbug.tuxfamily.org/wiki/ (soon in the forum menu). Why pmWiki? because it’s lightweight and we don’t have enough space on our Tuxfamily ftp to host a MediaWiki.
- New category “External Events” added. use it for event not organised by the BBUG or its members (like the Fosdem or the Blender Conference, for exemple). I moved concerned topics into this new category.
- Changed the default category from “BBUG” to “Misc.”. Please take care of choosing the right one when creating a new discussion (like this it’s easy to browse the forum using the sidebar)
- We chose Vanilla for it’s look and usability from regular BB forums, but user registration is painful: the captcha method doesn’t work well (maybe because of our current host, actually?) and we receive 10-20 fake users/spammers/bots registration requests per day, which is the reason we use the manual user registration: @collignon_david and I have to validate registration in order to avoid spam. It’s no longer fun. Moving from Vanilla to a new CMS would mean that we loose all current content.
- I installed PMWiki because didn’t have the web space to instal MediaWiki (the CMS behind wikipedia and almost all wikis out there) but it’s quite limited and painful. Shall we change it once the migration is done?
Also, please note that the wiki will become the front page of the website, allowing us to add more accessible info/functionnalities to a simple visitor, the forum will be accessible via the upcoming navigation menu. We discussed that topic IRL, as we fisrt thought to use WordPress as a “main” site, with a forum and a wiki on the side, but a good wiki can also display a news feed.
Wiki is fun for unorganised author and perhaps for geek, but it’s a nightmare for visitor.
If the right management are sufficient for our need so be it.
The important part is that we need to keep an hand on the content while giving more and more responsibilities to the dedicated members.
The less time spend maintaining the forum the more time time spend doing blender related stuffs :p
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Nice rework of the site. But as I see it now, the forum is put back, in a kind of second level of the website. And it makes it a little painful to see the new content that has been posted. So here’s a suggestion (I do hope it’s possible).
In the right column of the front page, you listed the different topics covered by the forum. I’m guessing it would be more relevant to have a list of the last 10 posts for example. This would show that there is an activity going on in the forum and encourage front page visitors to click through.
People who just want to access the forum can click in the top menu bar.
ALso, another question: could it be possible to add events in the calendar? Or is that reserved for the admins. I’d like to mention our next workshop there but it doesn’t seem possible. http://blender-brussels.github.io/articles/collaborative-python-scripting/
Yes, like I said before we’ll give access and right to post on the agenda to anyone who’ve got something interesting to say.
But right, sadly, now our priority is the crowfunding.
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I hope you don’t mind that I add some comment on the new website. It is nice to see the upgrade of the website and I like what you did with it.
However, in the last version it was very easy to see what changed since last time. I can’t seem to find this functionality on the new website. Is it somewhere but hidden? The freshness hover functionality is not as easy.
@juego I still have to fix 2-3 few issues with the new calendar system, in the end, people registered on the forum (and who ask for it) will be able to propose events as well. I just need to get a streamlined process for that so it’s easy for everyone.
The latest posts of activity on the website sidebar is actually a good idea. maybe not 10, but 5-ish seems a proper feature to add IMO.
@nick_van_den_broeck yes, also, I have to play a bit more with color schemes on the new forum to make the freshness of the posts more usable. In the meantime you can subscribe to posts and get email notifications when somebody answers…
Sorry guys, still WIP, it’s just that I’ve A LOT going on right now, I barely sleep and yeah, there’s the crowdfunding that takes a lot of energy…
I also need to update this changelog 😀
@quenting: Of course. Whenever you have time. Your most urgent stuff first. And sleep also 🙂 I you need help, don’t hesitate to ask.
Maybe on the front page, there could be the 5 latest threads mentioned (maybe not all the responses), but just the last active threads. It will mainly depend on the activity of the forum I guess. If there is a lot of activity, 10 posts might be better. You’ll see for yourself I guess.
On the forum side. It’s not really a color problem for me. It’s more that I have to go over all the folders to see what’s up and new. At least, I haven’t found a better way to see what has been posted since my last time I visited.
Yes. Thx. It tells me when… I never hovered them. Now I did. But it doesn’t tell me which thread is updated and I still have to go over all those folders to figure it out. (Not bitching here, just talking about UX)
You know. Forums usually show the last active threads in inverse chronological order on the home page. I just realize that when it’s not displayed that way, we are actually missing a lot. Just saying. And I’m pertty sure you know what I mean. But like you said, it’s a wip. So we’ll wait.
I think I found something strange: On the forum pages, the first forum is Misc. Where IJp posted his welcom message. I responded and then QuintinG responded as well.
However, at this moment (april 2 11am) the ‘freshness’ button says ‘2 days and 2 hours’ and shows IJp’s name and picture, while the last post was from QuintinG on april 1 2pm (less than 1 day ago). So, it seems that something went wrong there. Or is this expected behaviour?
It seems that the freshness in this case referes to the start of the topic instead of the last post.
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