libcom.org/news help out and feedback thread

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Mike Harman
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Dec 13 2005 23:46
libcom.org/news help out and feedback thread

Following the threads on indymedia and anarkismo I think we should have one!

libcom.org/news has been going for about a month now. I'm starting this thread to encourage people to contribute content for it (see below), and get some feedback and general ideas for ways to improve it.

In terms of content, there's a few things we're after:

1. If you're in a local group or national fed, it'd be great to have your news. You can make a login for your group, and articles will be listed with a link to your profile. Here's freedom's for an example. And an article from Hackney Independent's winter newsletter: http://libcom.org/news/article.php?story=haggerston-west-kingsland-hackney

This allows people to see what's going on around the country without having to navigate to all the different sites, and hopefully /news will develop and build it's own audience. It also means your news will appear on sites like newsnow, google news and any other sites which syndicate us. This means potentially a lot more people reading stuff you put out.

2. If something interesting is happening 'round your way, say a campaign against a city academy or a firefighters strike or whatever, post up a short report. In many cases this could just be a short rewrite/summary of an article from the local paper - or even just repost the whole thing if it's alright - we've got newswire editors who'll check if it's suitable and make sure the formatting is ok before it gets posted.

WAG clean up

devon postal wildcat

3. longer more in-depth pieces, although obviously this takes the most work. If you're interested get in touch.

There's notes and guidelines for posting news here:

http://libcom.org/news/staticpages/index.php?page=notes-posting-news

These are the three main areas we want to concentrate on:

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1. Stories about people taking collective direct action to improve their lives.

2. Libertarian and working class analysis and perspective on current events, such as wars, natural disasters and other big mainstream news stories.

3. News about the effects of corporate and government policies on people and the environment.

I never used to post much up on the old newswire, but I've got really enthusiastic about the new one and have been putting up as much stuff as I can find/have time for.

In terms of feedback. Any comments appreciated really - appearance, content, categories, ease of use.

gurrier
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Dec 14 2005 17:53

I like the content that's there at the moment. A couple of ideas

* how about some rss feeds? (they can be a good way of spotting news that you want to copy to the site if nothing else).

* I'm not sure if having so many different CMSes as part of libcom is a good idea. For one thing it creates a fairly fractured feel to the place - like a load of unrelated sites sharing the same place and makes things like interlinking of content more difficult (eg linking from news articles to books / history articles with similar topics). For another thing, the long-term technical maintenance problems might be considerable.

Mike Harman
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Dec 14 2005 18:19
gurrier wrote:
I like the content that's there at the moment.

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* how about some rss feeds? (they can be a good way of spotting news that you want to copy to the site if nothing else).

That's being worked on at the moment, we're collecting sites we want to syndicate and trying to sort out a format. But yeah good suggestion and it's almost definitely going to happen soonish.

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* I'm not sure if having so many different CMSes as part of libcom is a good idea. For one thing it creates a fairly fractured feel to the place - like a load of unrelated sites sharing the same place and makes things like interlinking of content more difficult (eg linking from news articles to books / history articles with similar topics).

hmm, we've got two cms (library, news), plus the gallery (brand new) and the forums which are dynamic php/mysql so I suppose they count in a way- I make that four, although really it's only two actual CMS. Many sites have the forums and gallery integrated into a CMS (which I know from experience is a nightmare to maintain as some get updated at different rates and stop working together) so that'd be three. So it's only one more than many other sites have.

Also, drupal does stuff that geeklog doesn't and vice versa so we get the best of both of them.

Probably a matter of taste, I agree it fractures the site, but in terms of it looking like lots of different sites, I really like that to be honest. We're working on linking different parts of the site together better - by using rss and a couple of other ideas. But they should also be able to stand by themselves on their own terms. It also makes it really obvious which part of the site you're looking at. Some sites mix up static and dynamic content so much that it all looks largely the same - the NEFAC site would be an example of this and I think it makes it difficult to navigate.

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Dec 14 2005 19:55

Hmmm yeah it is a tricky one... we're working on a couple of design elements to provide some more continuity. But this site does have a fair few very different aims, and it would be pretty hard to do things differently I think...