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jondwhite
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When?

DJP
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Depends on how long it takes. Don't want to set a deadline. This year definitely.

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How many specialist members does the new site depend upon and do we have any other specialists to elect or appoint just in case the existing Internet committee decides to  do go solo.

 

 

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Time for a six month progress update? Looking forward to this.

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jondwhite wrote:

Time for a six month progress update? Looking forward to this.

This somehow reminds me of Waiting for Godot - and whatever happened to the Socialist Standard digitization project?

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jondwhite wrote:

Time for a six month progress update? Looking forward to this.

Work on the new website has been put on hold until I have done an exam, in early October. The present situation is that the problem of importing multi-leveled content, i.e pages and issues of the Standard, has been resolved. Some custom code had to be written as the Drupal Migrate software does not adequately import such content in it's current form. We have also set up a virtual machine environment and GIT hub depositaory. So that development can easily be shared amongst multiple developers. The remaining work is to combine the import configuration I worked out with the code that has been written. I hope to make some videos available so people can see what we have been doing.
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DJP wrote:

jondwhite wrote:

Time for a six month progress update? Looking forward to this.

Work on the new website has been put on hold until I have done an exam, in early October. The present situation is that the problem of importing multi-leveled content, i.e pages and issues of the Standard, has been resolved. Some custom code had to be written as the Drupal Migrate software does not adequately import such content in it's current form. We have also set up a virtual machine environment and GIT hub depositaory. So that development can easily be shared amongst multiple developers. The remaining work is to combine the import configuration I worked out with the code that has been written. I hope to make some videos available so people can see what we have been doing.

This response fails to provide any positive insight into what is the purpose of the overall changes for restructuring and its content.  Will it be the hub for the WSM/SPGB besides a forum, will the present information contents require an overhaul in editing and updating?  To turn an internet forum into a true consensus-building site we need to restructure it from the ground up.

Will it still play to the weaknesses of internet debate by projecting an exclusivness purely on the socialist case? Really, the analogy here is that most internet sites (ours included) tell people to build a house, but let them bring their own tools and pound away at whatever they feel like pounding at. I see a site that sets up construction standards: gives people a basic blueprint, makes sure they are working on a useful task, makes sure they are using the right tools for the job in the right way. Basically setting up a system where the discussion can organize itself fruitfully rather than fitfully.

In short, system analysis combined with project and process management.

Yours For Positive Socialist Activity

Brian

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Are you honestly saying that even you don't know what's going on, Brian, and you're a member of the Internet Committee? Strewth !

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gnome wrote:

Are you honestly saying that even you don't know what's going on, Brian, and you're a member of the Internet Committee? Strewth !

Yes.  All anybody knows on the IC is there are going to be changes in the structure of the site.  What they actually consist of is being left to Darren's 'good judgement'.  At the very least I think at this stage we should not be so complacent and request an outline.

Yours For Positive Socialist Activity

Brian

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Brian wrote:

At the very least I think at this stage we should not be so complacent and request an outline.

Wot, me complacent?  You must be having a giraffe, Brian.  Seriously though, it may be time for the EC to intervene and if members don't have the time or the know-how we'd better soon find someone who does.

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