Posted on February 5th, 2017 at 07:05 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
With 400 registered users and a thousand posts arriving every day, things are starting to heat up around here.
I’ve re-jiggered the forums, so now almost everybody can post almost everywhere. If you register and are approved, you can post immediately; if you prefer to remain anonymous, that’s OK, but your posts will be moderated (reviewed) before they appear.
For most technical topics, there are two branches: There’s a main forum, where people with technical know-how, tips and advice can offer their wisdom (and commiseration). There’s also a Questions forum for each technical area, where normal people like me can post questions and maybe get some answers.
If you’re accustomed to the old blog format, nothing’s changed, except for the lists of forums and topics on the right. You can still comment on anything posted here in the main blog – anonymously, if you prefer – and see what other people are thinking. It’s ideally suited for wide-open discussions, as long as you avoid personal attacks, swearing, politics and religion (which go in their own Rants forum).
So dive right in! There’s a whole lot happening, and much more to come. And if you know an Office expert or two, drop me a line – I really need to fill out the Office forums.
Posted on January 31st, 2017 at 04:50 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
We’ve been up for less than a day, and already have 200 registered users.
We’ve also had 3,658 posts moved from the old AskWoody to the new format. They’re indexed and ready for searching. Unfortunately, the nesting (threading) didn’t come across, so old comments (now called “Replies”) appear in chronological order. If you reply to one of the old comments, though, your reply is nested properly.
Several of you have already started asking questions… which is kinda what you would expect from a site called “AskWoody,” eh? My next goal is to set up the Forum superstructure so there’s a place for you to ask questions. With luck, if my coffee holds out, I’ll have that up today. By tomorrow morning, I hope, there will be links in the upper right corner of this page, pointing you to where you can ask custom questions.
Then the next goal, later this week, is to kick off the AskWoody Knowledge Base, add forums for Windows veterans who are trying other operating systems, and to generally flesh things out a bit.
Thanks to all of you. If you have suggestions for the Lounge, post ’em here:
Posted on January 6th, 2017 at 14:40 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Calling all testers. I know it ain’t perfect, but I’ve made a few tweaks and would appreciate it if you could log in and respond to the first post…
Unless I have to throw out bbPress altogether, we’re close to converting the site over – to growing the appendage.
Posted on December 22nd, 2016 at 13:32 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
When you have a chance, please drop by the beta Lounge site.
Several important new developments – and I think the number of bugs has dropped way down.
Posted on December 1st, 2016 at 07:24 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Hey, if Microsoft can have millions of unpaid beta testers, I can look for “Insiders,” too, eh? 🙂
The AskWoody Lounge web site team is a couple of weeks away from having a prototype up and working. When the prototype is ready, I’d like to enlist a few of you as beta testers, to make sure the whole house of cards doesn’t collapse on the first day.
The Lounge appendage is pretty simple, really. When I post a new blog, the web site automatically generates a “Topic” in the Lounge, then creates links back and forth between the blog post and the Topic. That Topic joins other Topics in the Lounge, and folks can post in a forum-style setting.
Commenters in the Lounge can either be registered – and their comments are posted immediately – or they can post as “Anonymous,” in which case I moderate the post before it appears.
My first effort will be getting that back-and-forth mechanism working. After that base is working, we can start populating the Lounge with new Forums, adding new Topics to each.
Would you be interested in giving it a try? If so, drop me a line, firstname.lastname@example.org . Let me know if you’d like to sign up for a registered account, or if you’d like to post anonymously.
When we’re ready to take ‘er out for a test drive, I’ll let you know. Sorry, no Ninja Cats….
Posted on November 19th, 2016 at 16:48 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
My web folks are limping along with a bbPress appendage to the AskWoody site. I have a million questions and would like to enlist your help, if you have time.
General layout looks like this:
AskWoody blog posts continue just the way they are.
Instead of having each blog post link to a comments section for that blogs post (we’re up to almost 500 comments on some blog posts!), I want to link directly into the Lounge.
The Lounge consists of Fora (OK, Forums for many of you). Each Forum can have many Topics. Each Topic gets lots of posts or comments (the terms seem to be used interchangeably).
You’ll be able to sign up for the Lounge, set a password, then type your username and password when you compose a comment. The way I envision things now, comments from registered users will be posted immediately. Anonymous comments are most welcome, but they’re subject to vetting, probably by me.
Registered users (including me) have roles. Right now, it looks like we’ll have Admins, Moderators (who can approve and delete comments, and block ne’erdowells), and Participants (who can create Topics and submit comments unmoderated).
Did you know that we’ve had 1.5 million spam posts on AskWoody so far? Fortunately, software handles almost all of them, but I still seem to deal with far too much.
Lounge rules will be as you have come to expect: Behave with dignity, no profanity, no personal attacks, and you’ll be fine.
So far so good?
Now, the next HUUUUUUGE job is to come up with a list of initial Fora (and sub-Fora and sub-sub-you get the idea). Anybody have an idea of a starting point?
Let me know what you think. This is going to be a long and painful process, but in the end I think it’ll work pretty well.