Hello. Those of you who've been on #openguides over the past few days will
know that I've been playing with stuff from http://www.oswd.org/ (Open
Source Web Design). I found a nice design, and adapted it for OpenGuides.
You can see it in action at
Anyone else who wants their guide to look a little more fashionable may be
interested in having a poke around there as well. You may need to do a bit
of digging to find something you like, but there's some very nice stuff
there, and (I think) it's all licensed under Creative Commons.
Bob recently added Google Analytics stuff to RGL, and I thought it might be
a good idea to roll this back into the main distro. Basically, you get a
little script that you add towards the end of a web page:
_uacct = "[your personal key here]";
and that lets Google collect stats on your visitors; you can then log into
your Google account to view the reports.
Obviously I would have this as a config option, defaulting to "off".
Any objections to me adding this? Would anyone else find it useful?
Hello. I noticed that the "Link to this page" link on the map-style
indexes doesn't keep track of all parameters; it doesn't remember the
map type (satellite, hybrid, or normal), and if you've zoomed or
scrolled the map at all then it forgets the category/locale that you
I attach a fix - there are patches to both OpenGuides.pm and
You'll end up with URLs looking something like:
Hello. As people may have noticed, I've been doing some OpenGuides
hacking recently. I've got a few ideas for more things I might like
to do, but I've been holding off slightly since (a) I don't understand
how commit access etc works these days, and (b) I have this sort of
vision in my head of loads of you all beavering away on stuff, and I
didn't want to step on toes or clash with someone else's work.
However, I'm not sure how true (b) is, so I was wondering, if people
have a moment, could they write a quick update for the mailing list on
what (if anything) they're working on at the moment? I'm sure this
would be of interest to people other than me, as well.
(And if _nobody_ is currently working on anything, this may well prove
an incentive for me to get my finger out!)
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> Subject: [OGDev] how do OGs deal with "content wars"?
> Hi all
> a social rather than technical question for you all. Have you
> had any experience of "content wars"?
> It looks like the Milton Keynes Open Guide is having a bit of
> an evolving battle between two taxi companies!
> Check out these two entries:
> Tom Heath has done a gracious tidy up in the first two
> postings but it looks like there's a bit of company sniping
> going on here!
> Have you guys ever faced this? how have you dealt with it?
> look forward to hearing your thoughts
Upgrade to 0.57 and turn moderation on on the affected pages.
I've done this in London, and it was very effective. Moderation can be used for moderation, not just spamicide.
a social rather than technical question for you all. Have you had any experience of "content wars"?
It looks like the Milton Keynes Open Guide is having a bit of an evolving battle between two taxi companies!
Check out these two entries:
Tom Heath has done a gracious tidy up in the first two postings but it looks like there's a bit of company sniping going on here!
Have you guys ever faced this? how have you dealt with it?
look forward to hearing your thoughts
Hello. I just made a commit to svn that should fix the issues people have
been seeing with edit conflicts - specifically, I got rid of edit_conflict.tt
and added stuff to edit_form.tt to handle edit conflicts. In the process,
I moved some more stuff from wiki.cgi to OpenGuides.pm.
The issues fixed with this are:
- ticket #48 (Edit conflict page erroneously converts lat/lon to os_x, os_y)
- ticket #173 (edit conflict form doesn't let you edit everything)
If any of you have test guides running on svn versions, it would be great
if you could play around with this and see if I introduced any new bugs.
Note that because of the changes to wiki.cgi, it's not sufficient just to
'use lib' and point it at your checked out directory; you'll have to merge
in changes to your cgi script too (and templates, if you don't already have
them pointing at the checked out copies).
WikiSym and WikiMania 2007 both have a call out for papers/participation.
WikiSym will be in Montreal, and WikiMania in Taipei.
There seemed to be a good bit of interest in the Open Guides at WikiSym06 when I presented a paper from the Milton Keynes perspective.
all the best
(Open Guide to Milton Keynes - heck I bet you guys didn't think we'd find 650 locations to write about in MK, even if some of them are a bit random :-) )
Knowledge Media Institute
The Open University
Milton Keynes, UK