Testing iaslash

We're converting iaslash to drupal, a more robust application for content management. Please send questions while we test. There is still more to do including figuring out what some of the features of this software do :). At the moment, user accounts and stories have been integrated, but comments are not integrated yet. New sections:

  • News feed aggregator :: A new feature, suggested by Jess McMullin, is the News Feeds section which aggregates headlines from some of the top blogs. If you syndicate your site using RSS and feel it should go there, please let me know.
  • User blogs :: Registered users can post to personal weblogs maintained on iaslash. These weblog entries will be promoted on the front page of iaslash and the headlines can be syndicated on other sites using RSS/XML. For example, here is what my blog looks like.
  • Site cloud :: The site cloud is a bit like the old ia/ surf page. It functions a bit like weblogs.com in indicating when the tracked sites have been updated. I will be moving the old surf pages to this section.
Will keep you updated as I learn more about drupal. Will start documenting how to use iaslash in the collaborative book/handbook section. -m

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

test message

test message to see if comments are working
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jibbajabba admins this thing

it does appear to work!

Whew!

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jibbajabba admins this thing

It is great to see you switch

It is great to see you switch to Drupal. I hope we can work together to improve Drupal's usability so don't hesitate to send ideas, pointers and suggestions our way.

-- Dries

http://www.drupal.org/

Thanks, Dries

Thanks, Dries. I have a feeling Drupal will turn out to be great for iaslash. -michael

Thanks and welcome. I'm sur

Thanks and welcome. I'm sure that with your help and expertise we can bring Drupal to the next level.

-- Dries
http://www.drupal.org/

Conversion tips

Can you share some conversion tips/scripts from Thatware to Drupal when you're done? Was it nightmare? :)

A thankful daily reader
Kika -- kika@sloleht.ee

Conversion was not fun

Kika, conversion from thatware was not fun. I set up a php page to create a dump with INSERT xxx lines mapped to drupal's story and node tables. Was pretty easy to create the dumps. Then I used phpMyAdmin to insert into the story and node tables. This should have been easy because I was dropping and recreating the tables. I ran into problems because certain characters were screwing up the inserts. The database I was importing was 790 or so rows long.

I think the problems I encountered had to do mainly with my ignorance of MySQL issues. I had an easier go of inserting the authors because I did the dumping and inserting all from a PHP script that I ran once. This went off much better.

Was stupid to put the old stuff into the story table though, now I am using the news feeds to blog stuff and those feeds go in under the blog table, which means that if you wanted to search for articles on "paper prototypes" in the future, you might have to do that twice -- once against blogs and once against stories. I may be asking Dries for suggestions for searching both tables at once. Probably will come across other issues that I'd like to address in Drupal as well. Am now wondering how to use the "attributes" without having to keep a thesaurus offline.

-Michael

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help is coming

Was stupid to put the old stuff into the story table though, now I am using the news feeds to blog stuff and those feeds go in under the blog table, which means that if you wanted to search for articles on "paper prototypes" in the future, you might have to do that twice -- once against blogs and once against stories.

I hope your problems will be sorted in next release of Drupal. In Drupal CVS story and blog tables are unified (there wasn't much difference anyway). Also there's a improved search what searces from all node types (you can check it from Drop.org search page)

Am now wondering how to use the "attributes" without having to keep a thesaurus offline.

Can you explain it a bit better? What thesaurus?

Attributes and controlled vocabulary

> I hope your problems will be sorted in next release of Drupal. In Drupal CVS story and blog tables are unified

Cool. I noticed that on the version of drupal running drop.org, there were no options to search blog or stories and wondered why.

> Can you explain it a bit better? What thesaurus?

I mispoke (mistyped). A controlled vocabulary is what's needed really -- a controlled/authorized list of terms used for indexing purposes. A thesaurus shows the relationship of terms (broader term, narrower term, related term).

What I'd really like to see is a way to show previously entered attributes so I can enter the same attribute terms consistently. Was thinking of writing a script to list the previously entered terms in an external (pop-up window) window in a form select window. Then, I'd select the terms I want to apply, and submit the form, and it would stick the terms in the attributes input of the original window (comma separated). Will try this at one point.

metatag improvements?

>I mispoke (mistyped). A controlled vocabulary is what's needed >really -- a controlled/authorized list of terms used for indexing >purposes.

This is the thing i'd like see in Drupal, and have suggested numerous times. In fact, we are in the middle of rethinking/refactoring of Drupal metatag system (see Dries post).

Unfortunately the discussion has currently calmed down and one of the reasons is that none of us are big expert in the field. If you have ideas what should improve Drupal metatag system, feel free to say them out loud, Drupal development mailinglist is always willing to listen. You don't have to do it all on yourself :)

Kika (as you're probably figured out already :) -- kika@sloleht.ee

Great. Will start contributing...

Great. I had not found that email list yet. Will start contributing to the discussion on that list. Was planning to start combing through the forum for discussion related to this issue.

I am right now getting accustomed to the drupal admin pages and am keeping note of the things I'd like to see done any differently to make more usable from the content management perspective. I love all the functionalities of drupal so far.

-M

I am crazy about your site

Hey, I just wanted to tell you that your site is a real gold-mine. It is my primary ressource for keeping up-to-date about the field. And hmmmm... maybe I should check out what this drupal thing is all about...

Cheers,
/jesper