RE: Newcomers: please read existing material fir st!

From: Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) <"Popkin,>
Date: Fri Apr 30 2004 - 14:14:20 CDT

I don't run the mailing list, so I can't change the welcome message.

About your suggestion to change 'prototype' to 'reference' now that we're
post-demo, I think that makes sense, but I'd want to see what everyone else
things before making the change.

I agree that the distinction between "news" and "history" is pretty fuzzy.

How about if we separate them into "timeline" which is the official OVC
timeline, and "press coverage" which links to articles about OVC? I think
that "links" should just be links to related resources.

Speaking of the web site, we've got a first pass at the web site implemented
in a database-driven system (so anyone can easily update it, with email
notification of updates, bulletin boards, etc.), with no frames, at:

   http://gyaku.pair.com/~vote/drupal/

It's all working fine, except that the HTML layout doesn't quite look right.
I'd love to have the help of an HTML guru to find and fix whatever mistake I
made in the HTML. Once the site looks polished we'll have a site that
provides:
- Anyone with permission can post news updates
- Each posting will have a discussion area (unless we don't want it)
- Anyone can sign up for daily email updates.
- We can publish a calendar of events, and the site will tell people of
upcoming events.
- We'll monitor linked sites so that people can see which have changed
recently.
- We can, if we like, subscribe to voting news feeds, so that we'll always
have current relevant info (via sidebar links, a la Slashdot)
- We can syndicate out our news items, so that other sites can promote us
(via RSS).
- A project issue tracking system. (list of open issues, automatic emails to
owners of various components when issues are logged to them, etc.).
- Photo gallery.
- A wiki-like tool for shared authoring of documentation.
- Access to a huge library of additional capabilities. See www.drupal.org.

Of course, if we don't want some of the above, it's easy to turn
capabilities off, to restrict access to particular users, etc. For example,
we could have a developers-only discussion area, that sort of thing.

And all we need to cut over is to get the look & feel cleaned up a bit. I've
been trying for a while, but I haven't been able to find what's causing us
the problems. Another pair of eyeballs would be great!

- LP
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[mailto:owner-voting-project@afterburner.sonic.net]On Behalf Of David
Mertz
Sent: Friday, April 30, 2004 2:20 PM
To: voting-project@lists.sonic.net
Subject: Re: [voting-project] Newcomers: please read existing material
fir st!

Hi Laird,

On Apr 30, 2004, at 2:12 PM, Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) wrote:
> I'm not quite the webmaster, but I have been involved in updating the
> site.
> We don't have a direct link to the mailing list archive

I think a link to the mailing list would best go under "Links"

Did you see my other suggestions about updates, in another thread?

> I'd also suggest that in order to increase visibility of these links,
> that we mention them in the welcome message to the list, and suggest
> that people review the FAQ before posting.

This is an excellent idea. And also please include the "release to PD"
notice that I mentioned recently (probably this one to Arthur).

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