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1ynx

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Hi,

One thing that kinda confused me is getting information about Geeklog (what it is) and what it's core features are.

Inside the wiki the information is present on the Introduction page. And, when you aren't logged in you get a center block? showing a very short About Geeklog post.

I think it would be better to have a static About page which shows all the information inside the wiki in one go, giving new visitors all the information they need.

The content of the page would look something like below.
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About Geeklog

Geeklog is a PHP/MySQL based application for managing dynamic web content.

"Out of the box", it is a blog engine, or a content management system (CMS) with support for comments, trackbacks, multiple syndication formats, spam protection, and all the other vital features of such a system.

The core Geeklog distribution can easily be extended by the many community developed plugins to radically alter its functionality. Available plugins include forums, image galleries, and many more.

History of Geeklog

Geeklog was originally used to run the SecurityGeeks and NewsGeeks websites, and has since been released under the GNU General Public License (version 2). It is a bona fide Open Source / Free Software project. The template code Geeklog uses is from PHPLib, however, which is under the LGPL.

Geeklog was originally created by Jason Whittenburg, but like all good open source projects, depends on the community. Geeklog is currently maintained by Dirk Haun.

Geeklog Features

Geeklog is an extremely extensible system, however a summary of Geeklog's features are as follows:

Blog/CMS Features
  • Create, Schedule, Post and Edit articles in multiple topics
  • Save story drafts until they are ready for publishing.
  • Control over formatting used in articles (HTML whitelists)
  • Control over acceptable content (filtering of offensive language)
  • Embed images or other content in articles
  • Multiple Authors can post
  • Submissions from users
  • Support for comments, trackbacks and pingbacks
  • Export and import in all common syndication formats (RSS/RDF/Atom etc)
  • Spam detection and rejection
  • Robust calendar feature with support for personalized calendars.
  • Support for OpenID and other remote authentication methods.
  • Extendible via numerous Open Source plugins.

Administration Features
  • User accounts and access controls.
  • Robust *nix-like security model for all objects which can be extended for use in plugins
  • Access can be defined for each article, topic etc
  • All passwords are stored encrypted.
  • All admin access is logged.
  • All errors are logged.
  • Complete error logging on all forms and SQL calls.

Developer Features
  • Plugin support with API for developers.
  • A fully configurable block system, with php-in-block support.
  • Well organized codebase, use of PHP's Object-Oriented features.
  • Thin database abstraction layer allowing Geeklog to be ported to DBMS's other than the defaults (MySQL and MSSQL supported directly).

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Or at least something like that, it will probably need a little tweaking. The page could be placed in the Getting started block above Download Geeklog. (or something like that at least)

The main point here is to have a page on geeklog.net (not inside a wiki) that shows newcomers all they need to know about what Geeklog is and what it can do for them.

"The Linux philosophy is 'Laugh in the face of danger'. Oops. Wrong One. 'Do it yourself'. Yes, that's it." - Linus Torvalds
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1000ideen

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Interesting, I thought it exited here but we only seem to have this on the German GL site: http://geeklog.info/staticpages/index.php/durchstarten

What I think as a overall idea is that Geeklog needs teams to manage certain aspects like site maintenance, marketing, forum moderation etc. I think it is time to discuss that.
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1ynx

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My German is a little rusty (I'm Dutch :lolSmile but that's exactly the type of page I meant, you need something to persuade newcomers that Geeklog is for them and why it's better.
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1000ideen

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And now comes the good question, how do you put your idea into practice? Who to approach to make the static page, who to discuss it with? There is simply no site maintenance team nor do they have a subforum where one could discuss things with them.
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beewee

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Isn't this the right place to discuss it?
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