[Cc back to openguides-dev since this has a wider scope]
On Tue, Jul 01, 2008 at 02:15:47PM +0100, Kake L Pugh wrote:
On Tue 01 Jul 2008, Dominic Hargreaves
[...] essentially the point was made that there
is still a nasty fork
between RGL and london.openguides.org
[...] I therefore decided it
was best to get the latter back up as soon as possible, if nothing
else so the content could be taken from there and put on RGL.
There seems to be a bit of a misconception here, which is bothering
me. RGL was never intended as a fork of - or a replacement for - the
Open Guide to London.
It's simply a website run by me and Bob, for the pleasure and
convenience of us and our friends, which happens to run on the
OpenGuides software. It's not any kind of democracy, and I would be
quite unhappy if anyone attempted to turn it into The Official London
Open Guide Wot Anyone Can Have A Say In.
Okay. I misunderstood then. I was basing my remarks on Ivor's
unhappiness with not being able to access the content he'd previously
put into OGL; that is probably conflating things somewhat.
I mention this not out of pettiness, but because I
important for the OpenGuides project that the OpenGuides team aren't
seen as asserting any rights or expectations over the content or
ownership of the things people choose to do with our software.
Fair enough. Although we do have some duty/interest as a project in
promoting certain qualities (for example, quality of data, openness,
accessible/suitable for all-comers) in the guides we promote. When OGL
was down, it was referring visitors to RGL, and RGL is also promoted
on the project home page. Given your above comments, would it be better
to remove the link from the project home page? (I'm really not asking
this in an incendiary fashion, I really do want to know people's opinions).
I am also concerned about the possible confusion resulting from
offering people two London guides, without explaining how they differ.
Re adding OGL content to RGL - can I ask that nobody
decide to be
"helpful" and start doing this, please. RGL is a separate thing to
OGL and is run and structured in a very different way.
I think it would be useful, to avoid confusion, to explain a bit more
about this. Maybe a page on RGL itself (apologies if this is already
there and I missed it).
Clearly there is a balance to be struck between independence and the
ability for people to use the software how they like (which I strongly
support) and providing a unified resource for people to get information
about their locality in (see also my dreams about having a central
portal site). We should aim to support both these goals.
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