Earle Martin wrote:
Talking of attracting people, people who have guides
need to pimp^H^Htch to
potential users. For a long time I've been meaning to, but never got around
to, printing leaflets and stickers for the Open Guide to London. How else
can we publicize our guides? Snappy web buttons and banners?
Speaking as a guide admin who doesn't have to deal with installation and
hosting issues (ta Jimbo), here are the thoughts I've had about
encouraging people to get involved with the Open Guide to Manchester.
- There's a large user base on LiveJournal in the Manchester community
who know an awful lot about interesting quirky places in Manchester, the
kind of places I'd like to see in OGM. Getting these people involved in
OGM would be easier if OpenGuides had OpenID support, so we could tie
edits to OpenID identities. This would make problems with spam and abuse
easier to deal with from an admin perspective, but also be a Shiny
- Similarly, more images would be nice, which really needs a better
interface than people e-mailing their images to admin(a)openguides.org and
having me do ImageMagick-fu manually.
- For meatspace pimping, I was thinking of having business cards printed
up with some suitably abstract text like "This place is featured in the
Open Guide to Manchester" and the URL of the site. That way I can just
put them (with permission) in every pub etc. that's featured in the Guide.
- Closer integration to other community-contributed,
geographically-oriented sites like upcoming.org
if we could encourage the OSM guys to implement a good enough API that
OpenGuides could do the same with their data as we're doing with Google
Maps, that would be great. I'd love to get involved with OSM but I don't
own a GPS.