I guess the major "structural" outstanding issue is how the e-mail service will be integrated into the functioning of the new web site. (Great that you could load up a newsletter module, which looks good. However, we don't have newsletters yet!)
There is also the matter of copyright: Who is to ask permission, or do we just go ahead and wait for the copyright holder to complain? (Note I have 2 Citizen articles in the Poets' Pathway book, plus something cribbed from ProQuest - the text of Kennedy's article.)
A related protocol matter is the posting of contributions sent to the e-mail list, past and future. Ideally, anyone posting something should have to choose whether they want it only to e-mail or agree to also have it on a web site Forum. Ideally, this would be automated (including choice of Forum). That would likely mean that any contributors have to go to the web site to do it. I think that is achievable. ("E-mail only" would be like "visible to Group X only" but in addition the e-mail would have to be sent.)
Then there remains the chore of creating content from existing sources (the flora web site and the e-mail archive).Â This calls for a crew!
Here are some other points, based on my experience with the web site to date (& summarizing from the e-mails we have been exchanging).Â They are in no particular order, but the (to my mind) most pressing ones are bolded.
- Instructions to content providers should include:
+ a clear explanation of the difference between book/book page, story, forum/forum topic, and menu. That should include what one can and cannot do with each type of content. (I just now found that, when clicking on File Attachments in Story mode, the upload facility pops up.) (Checking on the types now, I see that the options below the body box are the same -- did I miss that before, or have you changed that recently??) It's not clear to me where a "story" would appear -- does that have something to do with "menu settings"?
+ how can one produce images with captions?
+ how can one control where an uploaded image appears in thumbnail on the page? (I found it ending up at the top of the page, and when uploading a second, the first one disappeared.) When instead I uploaded a GIF file as an Attachment, it too ended up at the top of the page; when I then "blocked" it (I can no longer find how I did that!!) I got the image to disappear from the page, but blank space was left (which is still the way it is on one or two pages of the Poets' Pathway book.)
+ when one clicks on "More information about formatting options" one gets a blank page with "Compose Tips." What is the intent here?
+ when you're creating something and navigate away from the page to check something out, your creation is lost! When I did that while creating a book page, a warning came on saying I'd lose my content if I went away, but no such warning appeared when creating this forum topic last night! The instruction should be to open the site anew and look up things in one's second window.
+ a warning should be provided in the text if a link leads to an attachment exceeding 250KB.
+ there should be a defined list of allowed attachment formats (incl. PDF, JPG, TXT -- not, e.g., PPT, DOC). That list should be less than what bluephyre allows: We should not allow formats that require proprietary software to open. (Ok, with OpenOffice I now encounter few barriers, but you need high-speed connection to download that, so it's not a solution for everybody.)
+ what is not allowed in file names (you told me: "#" causes the link to break; what else?)
+ tips on reducing file sizes: download Irfanview (and what to do then); how to take a snapshot of your screen. (Is there a way to reduce PDF sizes without having to buy Acrobat software?)
+ how to upload an html file. Recall that I got "html.txt" as a result and that file contained, indeed, just code text. You advised to copy and paste the content in the body box and then use filters to "interpret" its appearance, but it's not clear to me what filters you are referring to.
- On the home page there should be a link to where the free Acrobat Reader can be downloaded.
- Will a Google search facility be created? (Restricted to the web site.)
- For me (using Firefox), the icons of the RTEditor remain invisible -- I can activate only its shadow & the yellow descriptor. The drop-down menus for File Type and Font Size have also disappeared.
- I still don't have editing access to the Get Involved page. Recall that Janice and George are ok with the revised Membership Application form.
That's it so far!