FWIW, a related comment...
It would be really nice to enable some easier ways of adding pages
into the OpenGuides, which currently relies on dedication rather than
on a "it's so simple I may as well just do it" effect.
One simple but nice touch would be a bookmarklet that allows someone
to easily add a node to the wiki based on the current page they are
viewing (scenario: I find the web site of a pub I like, I hit the
bookmarklet, I add it to the OG). The URL and a "candidate" node title
could be pulled from the current page and used to start populating the
wiki form, subject to additional human input. This would lower the
barrier to people adding nodes by reducing the amount of cutting and
As a first technical pass at the problem, I guess this would involve
amalgating the "Create new page" and "Edit page" pages, or passing
URL from the "Create new page" page on to the "Edit.." page, plus a
bit of code on the server side to populate the form fields with this
stuff. Sure there are other solutions too.
(getting started on miltonkeynes.openguides.org
On 11/27/05, Bob Walker <bob(a)randomness.org.uk> wrote:
Given last night IRCs conversations i was pondering
that openguides is intimidating.
One answer to this is to have two levels of edit page.
A simple page and an advanced page.
the advanced page would be the same as currently.
The simple page would have the following bits to fill in.
Where is it? (aka locales):
What is it? (aka categories):
Comment about addition/change (possibly):
This shoudl be enough data for a useful entry. make it obvious that
only really decription and node name is vitally important and possibly
one of locale or category. Add some ajaxian suggest magic for locale and
Also so as not to poeple off it might be worth having this form on the new
page cgi as well. So they dont have to go through multiple pages to create
We shoudl probably look at ways to autogenerate the map links and geodata.
I know soem guides are already doing this.
then we can have what edit page you see as an option. For those of who
like to fiddle with all the data.
And of course give the users the ability to see the full edit page if they
now i just need to rememebr the othe ridea i had last night.
Very few things dont taste good once deep fried.
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