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javelin
Re: Best for articles management
  • 2004/12/16 0:25

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Funny that you can go to the same place day after day and never see something in-front of your eyes!
Just seen this on the Repository index page,

All module submissions are reviewed by the Repository Team. You can also join that team and help in maintaining the Repository!

Ok so where are the reviews?
Who is in this team?
How/can I join?

The more I look at the descriptive text that accompanies many of the modules the more I am convinced that we need a standardised way of saying what they do and what they don't.
I have spent many hours installing, setting up, adding content to a module only to find it won't do what I want so have to spend more time cleaning up.
As more and more modules are released this situation will only get even more of an issue, especially for the 1147new members that have joined in the last 30 days or so.

I guess this post is possibly in the wrong place to guage interest but I think we need some "official" guidance as whether core members feel that this issue should be addressed before a placing a new post and raising the hopes in others who are searching for the ideal module for their site.




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javelin
Re: Best for articles management
  • 2004/12/15 13:36

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The fact that you had to go through the process in the first place identifies the need for it.

I commend you at least having a shot in the first place and I for one found it useful.
The risk of getting things wrong still exists but a review pannel of five or so people would reduce these risks significantly.

The Review panel is an ongoing project. If it starts today it doesn't stop until XOOPS does.
If XOOPS wants to be inclusive it needs to connect with new and newish users.
256 people downloaded Wakka 0.12 R2, Why? on what basis? what does it do?
2103 have downloaded XT-Conteudo, is this the best content management system? does most popular = best?

If every new user is expected to install three or four modules to make a decision which one to use it does make the whole process a little daunting to a newbie and it still remains and issue of which three or four of the 22 content management modules to use.

Factors like how clonable the module is,
How many hacks offering other features,
bugs and module support should interest current users of the module as well.

Worth a bit of time I think.
Only wish I new more about it



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javelin
Re: Best for articles management
  • 2004/12/15 0:46

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Quote:

brash wrote:
A review panel is a good idea, but who is to do it? As has been pointed out many times before, there seems to be a lot of great suggestions being made on the XOOPS forums, but very rarely do we find someone to take that idea by the horns and get the job done.


I'm going to regret this I know,

OK consider horns grasped or at least touched lightly depending on the responce.

How about five or six core members of a review group.
a Just popping in (like me!),
a Quite a regular,
a Community Support Member,
a friend of XOOPS,
a XOOPS Core Developer
a Quite a regular

First job is to select which set of modules to start with.
If for example we picked on Calendars.
Currently there are 7 Calendar modules.
Shouldn't take too long, maybe a month?
The core group would agree a testing schedule, each go and try the module looking at a specific angle, Newbie = ease of use, Developer = standard of code etc.
Report back, agree on pro's and con's,
award X number of
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Post findings in a standardised fashion, maybe invite original module developers to comment on our findings with any updates in the offing etc.

This could be fun

Might have to change my avatar to
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Not known for an excess of tact!



This is all off the top of my head and it obviously needs to be taken a little more seriously if we are to move forward.

Anyone interested?



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javelin
Re: Best for articles management
  • 2004/12/14 20:52

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The selecting of that two or three is still an issue.

We could do with a review panel who can idependantly review each module and provide some pro's and con's

I've been using XOOPS since March time and am still on a very steep learning curve.
It must be very hard for newbie's to select the right module from the Repository based on the rather brief and often biased module information.

I know there is a rating system but it doesn't seem to be widely used and the viewer can't see who voted and so can't be sure of the credibility of the vote.



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javelin
Re: Best for articles management
  • 2004/12/14 0:42

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Sorry to drag this one up again but it's getting a mite confusing with all the goodies available.

So at the risk of causing a riot what do you think is the best module for the following scenario.

Race car rule book,
240 A4 pages of regulations plus 10 pages of various forms.

The reg's are split into 5 sections and an apendix.

The regulations get updated a section at a time.
The section that is replaced must be available as there is a 1 year compliance rule, which means that for 1 year after a regulation has been updated you can still work to the old version.
In other words there needs to be an archive facility.

Notifications are important. (it has been known for teams to comply with a new rule with just minutes to spare, so notification and the timing of issue is important)

Comments are not important, although at a push we could use them as a sort of archive.

Any ideas?



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javelin
Re: Dyslexia Theme
  • 2004/12/13 22:13

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The site I'm working on at the moment concerns Child Protection and is used by Health workers, doctors, teachers, social workers, police etc.

The main reason for them coming to the site is to view the current procedures concerning child protection isuues.
What to do if...... etc

So my immediate issue is how I present text in an easily read format for all.

I was told by one of the requesters that she prints off a few pages and then uses a Yellow or Green Highlighter over the text.

My idea is to offer a number of themes as was suggested, and then the visitor can then select the most suitable.

I do not want to patronise though.

Apologies for my ignorance, on a steep learning curve.

Thanks for the help so far.




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javelin
Dyslexia Theme
  • 2004/12/13 16:32

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Has anyone had any experiance in devoping a theme to help dyslexic visitors?

I have had a number of requests to provide such a theme and additionally a large type face version.



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javelin
FAQ
  • 2004/11/19 8:16

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Is it possible to add notifications to the FAQ module?

Big job or easy?

Failing that is the xdocman module available?



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javelin
Admin page menu
  • 2004/11/18 18:35

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Can & how do I change the order of the modules displayed on the left side of the page when in Admin.php?

I have a site where I am allowing some people to administer some of the modules and so I have changed the .png logos to reflect what they do on this site.

(sorry for the double post)



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javelin
Admin page menu
  • 2004/11/18 18:35

  • javelin

  • Not too shy to talk

  • Posts: 160

  • Since: 2004/3/11


Can & how do I change the order of the modules displayed on the left side of the page when in Admin.php?

I have a site where I am allowing some people to administer some of the modules and so I have changed the .png logos to reflect what they do on this site.




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