[Members] jabber.org website mandate

Boris Mann boris at bmannconsulting.com
Mon Aug 21 12:13:16 CDT 2006

On 8/20/06, Lucas Nussbaum <lucas at lucas-nussbaum.net> wrote:

> If the a significant portion of the jabber.org content is moving over
> > to xmpp.org, then I *beg* that we turn jabber.org into a **end-user-
> > centric** community-oriented website. As it currently stands, it is
> > very corporate/engineer oriented. Jabber (as a communications
> > network) has a very large need for something like this, and I can
> > think of no better place for it than jabber.org.
> +1. But we need to find a way to do this without spending too much
> resources (all previous attempts to do such a site have failed
> miserably until now).
> I think that requirements should be:

Before you jump into technical requirements, might I suggest that we gather
the goals of the site:
* public facing -- both community members and people looking for information
* interactive -- forums, comments, etc. (forums potentially
optional...depending on what the purpose is; what would be the forum
* RSS, email, notifications
* member profiles
* jabber integrated

- Wiki-based (because it's Web 2.0, and allows other parties to
>   contribute)

Actually...I think wiki-based is less useful. Multiple editors and levels of
permission, but some more structure is very good. Wikis are good for
collaborative documents, less so for public facing, interactive websites.
And, wiki.jabber.org isn't going away necessarily.

And yes, I am biased towards using Drupal -- which has wiki-like
functionality, forums, lots of other stuff (e.g. a way to easily build a
software map with ratings, comments, etc.). Oh yes, and it will have a
jabber authentication module.

- With forums, possibily on another site, because users like them.
> - English-only, because it's difficult to maintain a multi-language
>   wiki, and because there are already a lot of good local jabber
> community out there (in spanish, french, etc).

The main "language" of the community should be covered, and we can link to /
feature / cross-post elements of language specific communities.

Boris Mann
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