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I feel like I'm finally settling in the Drupal, and my To-Do List is slowly shrinking. So far the amount of work it's taken to convert has been about what I expected, which is way more than any sane person would put into a project like this. Today I made a connection between moving a website and moving a home. We're thinking about buying a new home in the next couple years, and while it will be much more physical work, I don't think it's going to take quite as much time. Just like we are all settled into our current home, I was all settled into Slashcode. I was able to work with, I had it remodeled, put a fresh coat of paint on, and, well, like our current home, it just wasn't right. I was never even close to happy with Slashcode. I thought it would be easy to call home, but it wasn't. Drupal is proving to be a new house that has a hidden room, or two, or three. The surprises have been all positive, and Drupal is proving to be much easier to work with than Slashcode ever was. And it's on one of the LISHost servers, so I'm back in complete control. I was curious to see how the new server would handle the load, and I'm happy to report there are absolutely no issues. Here's my reduced to-do list:
-Highlight some of the many things Drupal/LISNews can do individually.
-Automate the darn email list.
-Find a way to highlight all the RSS feeds on the relevant pages.
-Is there a module to make custom feeds? Like most popular, latest comments, interesting things like that?
-We need more "browse by" pages.
-What about subdomains? -- Read More
First, a BIG thank you to Leo Klein for all his help getting Drupal dialed in for LISNews.
You may have noticed LISNews underwent a complete overhaul recently. I've spent the past couple weeks working hard to make sure LISNews is as interesting and usable as possible. Here's a list of what I've been up to:
Neat things you can use to view content:
-You, yes you, should be able to Suggest A Story Here.
-Installed the Hall Of Fame. That'll show you some top 10 lists.
-You can view all recent user blog posts One One Page now.
-You can also view all recent stories and blogs together on the Tracker Page.
-You can use LISNews to view headlines from 20 Other Sites based on our yearly
"Blogs To Read" series (OPML).
-There is one page that Has An Index of most of the many feeds LISNews spits out.
-There is one page that lists all the LISNews Topics.
-There's a Weekly Archive Page and a Monthly One Too.
Other things that you'll see: -- Read More
Happy 8th Anniversary to LISNews and thanks to Blake for giving so many of us a place to observe, laugh and dispute in.
I was hoping to do something more creative with my first drupal-powered LISNews entry, but it has been a long morning of administrative reports, digitizing Congressional reports from the 1930s and patrons who get very upset when extremely common (hard to do business without) words are spoken in the library. Not to them, but in the library.
So happy it's lunchtime. Looking forward to more fiche to digital work in the afternoon. Then I'll spend part of my weekend troubleshooting my home wireless network that set up great and keeled over after two days.
Quite a bit, but I think it's acceptable. Here's my unedited or spell checked list:
Put something on this page /rss.shtml
Put back this image for Bloglines /images/topics/topicslash.gif
Think about bringing back /article.php3
Need one page to list all feeds
Need one page to list all topics & feed for that topic
Is there a module to make custom feeds? Like most popular, latest comments, interesting things like that?
Make an authors page
fix all the shtml old stories pages
Can I import all the really REALLY old stories/comments from phpslash?
Add/remove stuff from aggregator
what blocks am I missing?
What modules am I missing?
Enable themes so people can change what they use.
Can I build an admin page like slashcode had?
Make "browse by" pages for people.
copy over all the old stuff from the old server
watch logs for big 404 pages
what about the subdomains, can I fix that
double check old site and make sure I didn't miss anything big.
Are all the authors moved over as authors?
How can I change the favicon w/o messing with the misc dir
add in the topics images again like the old site?
Write some "how to" posts for the weeks comig up
annouce to some lists?
Feeds feeds feeds, need to list them
Make some kind of link for the feed for each journal and topic page
Give big thank you to Leo Klein
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enable the awstats for LISNews
change the link for the agreator, that page is ugly
Make cron run
What the heck are these old things? /rss/descriptions.rss /rss/popular.rss
Add back these /geek.rdf /lm.rss -- Read More
Isn't Drupal Great??
If you have questions, comments or anything else on the new site, please post them below.
How do I write in my "journal" now? It's called a Blog now, and look over on the left side when you login, click on Blog Entry.
ReCAPTCHA is not working. That's not a question, but I turned it off. The key didn't make the move for some reason.
What's with the Orange & Blue? That's how LISNews looked before you were born, it's old school.
Why did my LISNews emails stop? I didn't get that part running yet. Soon.
How do I stop the LISNews emails? Let Me Know
Does my old login work? Probably. If you've logged in recently to the old site, I moved over your account, comments, journals, password and anything else you had over there.
This was the final post to the Slashcode version of LISNews. You are now looking at improved version of LISNews.
I'm looking for a few good bloggers to join the authoring team here at LISNews. There's no pay, but it's a good way to get your name out there, and gain the respect and admiration of librarians from across the globe. If that's not enough, you'll have the enormous sense of well being that comes with helping your fellow librarians stay informed.
The "job" requires only a minimal time commitment, and just some basic knowledge of HTML & Blogging. You post whenever you have time, and with some restrictions, you post what you want. Some current authors post just a couple times a month, others find the time every day, and most of the rest of our crew fall somewhere in between. If you're interested, read below for all the details. Feel free to pass this one along to others who might be interested. -- Read More
I was recently reminded of just how little most people know about how things work here @ LISNews. The reminder came in the form of an attack (followed by an apology), but rather than let it get me down, I thought I'd post some of the many things I've written about LISNews in the past few years. I've been running LISNews since 1999 and I've written enough to bore anyone to death. I've written about how the code works, how the server works, the people, the writing, and just about everything else you can imagine. I've written waaay more than I thought I'd ever write about a stupid little web site and on lunch today I did some digging.
Since you probably don't know much about LISNews, here's links to further reading where you can read till your eyes bleed. Some day I'll pull this together in a more readable format, but for now, the best place to learn about all things LISNews was my series I posted for CIL:
LISNews: A Brief History
LISNews: Strengths and Weaknesses
LISNews: Many Facets for Many People
LISNews: Past, Present, and Mostly Future
LISNews: Technical Details
LISNews: The people (Including me)
LISNews: The Story Behind The Stories
If that's not enough for you, try these three: The dysfunctional LISNews family, The Anonymous Patron Account, and The great moderator conspiracy all cover stuff that'll interest you as a participant. It's about people mostly.
Still not enough? Well I've written plenty more! If you want to know more about my crazy theories, try
Random LISNews Bits Again, and Jobs @LISNews? where we discussed a division of labor, and a follow up, More On The Jobs @LISNews. A few more like that, On ombudsmen, feedback and reporting, more theory on how to make LISNews better. Comments some thoughts on comments and commenting. A related post could be Ten Thousand Comments and So, how can off-topic be so popular?. I like when I try and think about how to make LISNews better, like in Here's To The Ineluctable Future and So, To Blog Or Not To Blog, not 100% LISNews, but might be interesting. What's our next step? on how to improve LISNews, thoughts on making it 2.0. The LISEchoChamber, one I took quite a few hits for.
If you're curious about how I find stories, Bringing You The LISNews, is mostly on how I find stories to post. We're On A Mission trying to write a mission. Writing 4 LISNews was a call for more original
writing. Some Thoughts On Popularity
A Longer Look At The LISNews Numbers When I had more time I used to look at stats alot more, here's a good explanation. Why didn't you post my story covers why a story may not have been posted. Anonymous Patron Account: Help or Hindrance?, you can guess what that's about.
You are stuck with what we find interesting on any given day, how we choose stories.
Keeping Up With The LISNewsterz, more on comments and moderation.
Friday Rambling Thoughts is mostly LISNews related, more thinking from me.
Friends and Foes and Such tells you how to filter your own comments and people. Messages You Can Get From LISNews is another code-related story.