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1000ideen

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I think the "mail users" utility is one of the most underestimated functions in GL. Would be nice to make it FCK-aware and maybe permit pictures and attachements.

Does anybody have a quick fix concerning FCK?

It would also be nice if the admin groups could be ticked off like in GL 1.4.1b1 with the groups display.

(BTW, I still haven`t understood why core groups are being treated differently than other admin groups with this new feature. )

I came accross this when I visited a homepage of a student orchestra. The members were very delighted to be able to contact say the violines only. So there were given user groups according to the instruments. The students could form their own groups also e.g. according to regional aspects, "who is driving from town A to B for the concert"

This mail feature was better designed than the GL mail utility.

Any thoughts?


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I agree... the mail utility only needs a few tweaks to make it completely full featured. There was a mailing list utility a few years ago that filled in some of the gaps but it apparently doesn't work with the new version(s) of Geeklog.

I have a few more feature requests for the mailing utility:

1. For newsletter management, it would be awesome if a special channel (like the archive channel) could be created as a repository for posts sent through the mail utility. This would allow for RSS generation as well as archiving of newsletter-type posts.

2. Rich Text Editor enabled automatically when html is selected.

We're working on a plugin with more integrated ideas but they're the kind of features that should make it into the main code, imho.
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Quote by jhackwith: We're working on a plugin with more integrated ideas but they're the kind of features that should make it into the main code, imho.


Great! Are you considering a feature like easily forming ones own groups as a user (not group admin)? I also like the idea of a newsletter archive.

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To enable FCKeditor on the mail user form, add the following codes at the top of the /layout/theme/admin/mailform.thtml
PHP Formatted Code
<script type="text/javascript">
    // Setup editor path for FCKeditor JS Functions
    geeklogEditorBasePath = "{site_url}/fckeditor/" ;
    window.onload = function() {
        var oFCKeditor1 = new FCKeditor( 'message' ) ;
        oFCKeditor1.Config['CustomConfigurationsPath'] = geeklogEditorBaseUrl + '/fckeditor/myconfig.js';
        oFCKeditor1.BasePath = geeklogEditorBasePath;
        oFCKeditor1.ToolbarSet = 'editor-toolbar2';
        oFCKeditor1.Height = 200 ;
        oFCKeditor1.ReplaceTextarea() ;
    }
</script>
 


And change line that has 'textarea' to the following:

PHP Formatted Code
<td style="width:100%;"><textarea rows="12" id="message" name="message" cols="44"></textarea></td>

 


In the same way, you can enable FCKeditor to any textarea by using this method. For example, I did this to my blockeditor.thtml.

Hope this helps!

Sam
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Quote by 1000ideen:
Quote by jhackwith: We're working on a plugin with more integrated ideas but they're the kind of features that should make it into the main code, imho.

Great! Are you considering a feature like easily forming ones own groups as a user (not group admin)? I also like the idea of a newsletter archive.


What we're planning is a suite of utilities that includes centralized newsletter management, among other things. Users will be able to opt-in to newletters that take full advantage of Geeklog security groups, as well as topical groups that organize users by interest, for example. Newsletters will have their own automated archival system with pruning features and RSS feeds.

Jason
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1000ideen

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Thanks Sam, that`s what I had been looking for.

@ Jason: That sounds like quite a big task. You know the maillist plugin?

Someone else seems to be working on a mail issue:
http://www.geeklog.net/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=70807

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Your welcome!

BTW, those codes above are for 1.4.1.

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Many thanks samstone, I've been able to use this code to add it to a number of areas I thought it would be useful.

Mant thanks again
Dazzy
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