[hackers] Abandoning current theme project

2003-07-30 Thread Lynn Siprelle
I'm abandoning the grassroots theme because it's the butt-ugliest thing 
I've designed since 1995, and that's saying something. (Don't believe 
it? See http://www.siprelle.com/sandbox .) I've got one other theme 
idea I'm going to give a run at (black and white). Somebody point me at 
something.

Lynn S.

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Re: [hackers] sidebar.module

2003-07-29 Thread Lynn Siprelle
Zephyr: I would like to see at least three RSS 2.0 feeds from DFA:
-hot items which admins will be encouraged to automatically show (bats)
-everything else which site admins can pick and choose from, new items 
might not auto show
-DeanTeam thermometer for a single team member
-and maybe some feeds with other styles or targeted subsets
Question: Couldn't this be easily handled with a javascript call so 
that DFA could just plug in whatever they wanted? Or are we aiming for 
uber-flexibility? Just wondering.

Lynn S.

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Re: [hackers] sidebar.module

2003-07-29 Thread Lynn Siprelle
I'd like to avoid javascript if at all possible. Doing stuff server 
side is almost always better.
Believe me, I know just enough javascript to get by and that's about 
all. I'm all about the server personally.

Easy control for DFA ===* javascript, since it's extremely easy to push 
instantaneously with no polling--DFA could change anything whenever 
they please, good example is the Code Amber ticker--and anyone, 
running our tools or no, can just paste it into a page or block.

Flexibility for the site admins using our kit (and non-top-down 
approach), though, would seem to dictate the other way.

So follow-up question: Zephyr/Zack, does DFA have someone who could 
write a javascript for non-kit sites? I bet it wouldn't be that hard to 
code, it'd get used asap by folks who don't know zip about RSS or have 
any of those tools available, and an action ticker a la Code Amber 
(http://www.codeamber.org/, in action on any page @ New Homemaker, see 
sig file--some iffy scripting that I actually cleaned up for him but he 
has yet to implement) would be faboo. Main drawback is that DFA would 
need to keep it updated.

Just some thoughts, I'm cool with whatever anyone decides and I'm 
hardly a javascript advocate. I'm just thinking about my little 
housewives with angelfire pages. :)

Lynn S.

*for Ping ;)

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[hackers] New endorse.module up

2003-07-29 Thread Lynn Siprelle
I've made some small changes to endorse.module, namely, adding a block 
routine. It's just a simple, hey you, endorse Howard! I also changed 
it from tell a friend to send a Deanagram. Which can of course be 
changed back if it's Just Too Damn Goofy.

Lynn S.

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Re: [hackers] New endorse.module up

2003-07-29 Thread Lynn Siprelle
And also! it's at http://www.siprelle.com/endorse.tar.gz

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Re: [hackers] Draft Deanster Design Doc

2003-07-28 Thread Lynn Siprelle
I built this in after talking with Britt about the idea for future 
Howard Dean sites to include rotating volunteer statements as part 
of the design.
That's funny, Zack and I were talking about something similar on AIM as 
part of the endorse module (but we kind of agreed to put it into 
something separate).

L

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Re: [hackers] Fwd: User account details for joshk at Indiana for Dean

2003-07-27 Thread Lynn Siprelle
NNTP.
Well, and why the hell not! :)

Lynn S.

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Re: [hackers] RE: [developers] MetaDean NodeTracking Design Doc

2003-07-26 Thread Lynn Siprelle
Looks great so far Josh, but my one big question is - how does MetaDean
assign ratings to content so that it can be bubbled up? Will sites ping
the server? Or will it just have feeds for hot items? Or is there an
easier way to do this that my addled brain isn't coming up with right
now?
Keep in mind that I'm still coming up to speed especially on MetaDean 
stuff:

Could we put (or are we already putting) some kind of tag on things 
like national, regional, state, city, ranked not by   location 
so much as by interest and we can sort things out that way? Am I making 
any sense? My eyes are still crossed from module writing. :) I have 
read the wiki about MetaDean.

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[hackers] endorse.module now available

2003-07-26 Thread Lynn Siprelle
I don't have it up at sourceforge yet because I'm trying to work on 
that whole cvs/sourceforge thing. So until I figure that out or give 
up, hrere it is: http://www.siprelle.com/endorse.tar.gz

Regards,
Lynn S.
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Re: [hackers] Fwd: User account details for joshk at Indiana for Dean

2003-07-26 Thread Lynn Siprelle
This is long, forgive me. I started to respond to this in depth but I 
found myself repeating myself a lot, so I'm going to sum up (believe it 
or not, this is the summary). I don't speak for the group, I can only 
speak from my understanding, but my understanding is this:

On coercing other sites into using our kit: This is A tool, not THE 
tool. Folks are welcome to use whatever tools they've got. We're 
focusing on drupal because we think we can easily set it up both as 
modules for existing drupal sites to drop in and also as a kit folks 
can roll out and have an easy-to-work with set of tools. I am fond of 
saying I am a designer who learned to program in self-defense, and 
granted, I am a quick study but I'm not THAT quick and in the last 
month I've written three themes and a couple of modules, and I have two 
more themes underway. If we do this right, we will have a kit that 
allows you to run an install script from the web and bing you're ready 
to go--if you choose to use the hack4dean/DeanSpace install.

On mailing lists vs bulletin boards: I'm with you on that one. Mailing 
lists scale much better than bulletin boards, except that searching a 
Yahoo group sucks rocks. I'm hep with the gateway vibe myself.

On feeds: Let's say I'm the webmaster of Oregon4Dean. (I have no idea 
if there is one, I haven't looked yet. If there isn't, I think I just 
volunteered myself. K.) I don't have time to search through every 
weblog in/about Oregon to find the ones for Howard Dean--and I even 
know how. I'd rather depend on my software to allow interested people 
to set up a political blog if they'd like on my site, and then rely on 
the networking/syndication tools to send that info up and down the 
hierarchy.* I myself have two blogs, three if you count the hack4dean 
one I'm running at Kombucha Brewers for Dean. One is my ezine's blog, 
where I try to cover news that's important to my readers, one is at my 
religious website where I cover news related to earth spirituality 
(where I run drupal), and once there's a local or virtual Dean 
community I want to join I'll probably get a political one going too. I 
don't like cluttering up my more site-specific blogs with other issues 
like politics other than occasional mentions. I imagine I'm not the 
only experienced blogger who feels that way, for one, and for seconds, 
if this works the way we think it's going to, we'll be bringing in a 
lot of folks who've never even HEARD the word blog before and getting 
them excited about the possibilities (I'm watching this happen right 
now on my religious site and we're not even involved in something as 
exciting as a grassroots campaign). People who want to opt out of this 
aggregation, that's fine, opt out. It's all good, as the kids say these 
days.

On hosting: We've been going around and around about the feasibility of 
setting up a host of our own and I'm staying out of that one. Under FEC 
rules, if I'm understanding this right, my corporation Siprelle  
Associates Inc. can contribute $2000 worth of hosting services. It 
charges $10/mo under family and friends rate for hosting that 
includes PHP, MySQL, email and blah de blah, so that works out to 200 
months of hosting. Let's say we go all the way, and we have every 
reason to believe we're headed for November '04 . That works out to 
about 14 sites for 14 months, if they were established today. So we 
line up 1,000 people and companies like SA, and you know we're out 
there. I don't think that's such a tall order. I really don't. And this 
is if we make things official or whatever. I am so not following the 
FEC conversations, I am just trying to keep my nose clean and code.

Discuss. :)

Lynn S.

*Having said this, a blog/site registration module to allow bloggers 
and site managers with RSS feeds to register their feeds at DeanSpace 
sites and add them to the Dean aggregation/distribution of info is not 
a bad idea. DON'T LOOK AT ME, I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO PROGRAM SOMETHING 
LIKE THIS. Well, actually, I think I might if it's just registering the 
feed. oh god, what have I done...



[hackers] phew!

2003-07-26 Thread Lynn Siprelle
There's already an Oregon4Dean!

Lynn S.

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Re: [hackers] Drupal modules status

2003-07-24 Thread Lynn Siprelle
And now for the bad news; that is all I know of that is working and 
being worked on. We still have action, endorse, mailinglist, and media 
to build.
I would be willing to take on endorse if I had a bit more confidence in 
myself. Right now I'm still trying to figure out how I broke the poll 
bar rendering in my simpledean theme. I'm nonplussed to say the least. 
This is not the first theme I've written and it's never happened 
before. Any ideas how I can figure out what I did? I'm going to start 
backing out routines one by one and see what happens.

Lynn S.

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[hackers] Simpledean fixed

2003-07-24 Thread Lynn Siprelle
The theme simpledean is fixed and is available at

http://www.siprelle.com/simpledean.tar.gz

which is the same filename as the old one, but it's the new one. :) The 
poll issue has been fixed along with a number of other niggly things. I 
now understand a lot better how themes come together.

Lynn S.

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[hackers] crap! found something else

2003-07-24 Thread Lynn Siprelle
I'm never going to release another theme again ever! bleh! I'm fixing 
another bug right now.

Lynn S.

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Fwd: [hackers] crap! found something else

2003-07-24 Thread Lynn Siprelle
Fixed and readme file added.

Lynn S.

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