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We have a chance to build something awesome here, but it all starts with "baby steps" which start with will and wants.

So, what do you want? What is your dream GNU/Linux and Free Software support forum site? What would *you* do with this site if you were the very administrator in full control?

Tell me and I'll see what can be done. Ideas that can't be implemented right away will stay written here to be possibly implemented later in the future.

Your opinions and wishes matter!

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Daniel

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Solutions page

There is one thing that I would love to see on a support forum - it is a "Solutions page" where users can put solutions to problems that were discussed in forums, found somewhere on the net or produced during setting your own machine up and solving problems that arise. It could be divided into subsections and formatted in a Q&A style.

Users could put solutions here even if noone asks for them on forums, and solutions found to be working during forum discussions would be put there also. Solutions found during exhaustive googling (when you have some weird problem) could also be added here for future reference.

Eventually, this would become a sort of database with solutions, and every solution would have additional information, such as how many users (percentage) found this solution working and similar.

Solutions database would, off course, be fully searchable.

I presume wiki would be great to implement something like this.

Anyway, at this point this is just brainstorming, but that's what this thread is for, right?

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That is a great idea!

I think some kind of Q&A or FAQ system would be suitable for it, more than a wiki actually, because wiki is just one editable page so you can't really vote on it..

But this could also be achieved with phpbb itself most likely. We can just add a solutions forum somewhere and have threads that appear there put out in a portal block somewhere on the homepage. The effect would be the same. Only the forum would be strictly moderated so that no other kinds of threads end up inthere.. just solutions or solution links..

Anyway, I'll definitely have to take a look at how can it be done. It's really something that could add up to the value of this site. Smiling

Thank you for suggesting
Daniel

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I would ask that an alternative Open Source OS section be added, if possible, there are a lot (check www.freeos.com) and some of them look pretty interesting, also, there is stuff like opensolaris, and Nexenta OS ( Opensolaris, but complying to GNU) so please can we have one or two ?

Like other *nix OS's and Other Free OS's?

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I like that solutions idea. Put it in the rules to check that before posting questions, maybe we'll have less of posts that are already answered in the future. Maybe also an area where we can post cool links. I am always looking for cool links, and they will get easily lost if just posted on the main forums Smiling

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All good ideas so far..

I agree onlinebacon. There will definitely be some support for other Free Operating Systems, as you say an alternative OS's forum and maybe at some point even a special forum for OpenSolaris based distros (especially if that starts getting more attention in the future).

Also, valan, the cool links section would also be cool, thanks for suggesting..

All ideas here will be taken into account.

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Daniel

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Brilliant,

Thanks so much Dan for the opensolaris forums, nice to be in a forum where people listen Smiling

James

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We should have the following forums too:

OpenBSD
NetBSD
other BSD

HaikuOS
AtheOS/syllable
ReactOS

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I agree Taco. I kind of avoid adding too much forums right now at the beginning simply because I think having too much half-empty forums wouldn't look attractive enough to new visitors.

Still though, those forums should definitely be added at some point.. or if you think it would still be best to add them now, then I'll obey.

Thanks
Daniel

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"tbuitenh" wrote:

We should have the following forums too:

OpenBSD
NetBSD
other BSD

HaikuOS
AtheOS/syllable
ReactOS

this is a good idea but
the latter distros are reletivley unheard of, and maybe just deserve one section devoted to them all
but yes, bsd part would be cool

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How about a solutions blog? We can post the best and most useful solutions found in a weekly blog entry, once things are underway. Smiling

A WP blog is easy to set up, or we could use one of the Libervis network blogs. What do you guys reckon?

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"klepas" wrote:

How about a solutions blog? We can post the best and most useful solutions found in a weekly blog entry, once things are underway. Smiling

A WP blog is easy to set up, or we could use one of the Libervis network blogs. What do you guys reckon?

that would be a good idea, maybe intergrate the bar under a users post eg where it has Aim, Yahoo, MSN
and link it to the users blog, think it would be insanely hard but...

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That's what stojic already proposed actually, only not in form of a blog but a block linking to forum posts with solutions..

I am not sure about the blog.. it would require that solutions found for problems being presented in these forums be copies as blog entries to a blog instead of just linked to from a block on this site.
The reason for having it that way instead through a blog is simply because then it would all be here, integrated and not dependant on external source (such as a separate blog).

Unlike libervis.com, nuxified.org is meant to be a forum site, nothing much more than that and nothing less.

Still though, if people want it the idea you presented is not a problem to implement. The blog posts could be fed into a "solutions block" here using RSS. The downside is that the actual posts would be external instead of being right from these forums...

Thank you for an idea.. feel free to discuss them and when we see what ideas are generally accepted we can go with them.

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I also think it would be a good idea to have CGI:IRC as well, for users who want help, but do not have IRC in the future.

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Well, of course the forums and a portal have priority for now, but if some of the members, particularly members of the team are interested and have time they could probably organise and manage such a blog. Smiling

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"libervisco" wrote:

Still though, those forums should definitely be added at some point.. or if you think it would still be best to add them now, then I'll obey.

Well, at least add the BSDs. Either merge all BSDs into one forum or add openBSD, netBSD and other BSD forums. Having a forum only for freeBSD is just not right.

The other OSes... Well, those can be merged into a single forum for now. I believe solaris would belong there too Rolling Eyes .

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Alright, I've got some updates..

Besides a very much improved site design with great new icons and buttons (thanks to Pascal Klein) I have now added a feature that allows you to enter a distro or a free operating system that you are currently using and have it displayed besides your posts like I have it at the left of this post:

"Using: Ubuntu"

You can put yours in your profile in a field under "Operating system / distro you use:". Please everyone put the operating system you're currently using there.

The only little glitch with it is that if you do not have anything specified it'll display "Using:" with nothing specified under it. The simplest way to fix it could be to just not display the "using:" word and only display the name of an OS if you have specified it.

Another way is more complex as it would require a conditional placed somewhere and I haven't yet looked too deep into this hack to know where and how to implement it right now. I have just put in a custom titles hack and modified it slightly to display not so much as a title but more like that other info like "location" and "joined".

In reply to some other suggestions.. I will try implementing a CGI:IRC thing here for web IRC access. I tried it on Libervis.com already and it seems like the server doesn't support connecting to IRC via web interface, but we can always try at this one..

Also, more BSD forums will be added.

The solutions blog idea is on hold for an indefinite time. What will be done though is a block in a portal that should be implemented or in a possible sidebar on forums that will display latest submit "solutions" to problems.

More suggestions are always welcome. They'll be considered sooner or later.

EDIT: Oh I forgot to mention that there is a Jabber field in your profile now as well so you can enter your jabber ID there and have a Jabber button displayed among other buttons below post. It links to your profile where full ID (among others) can be seen. Smiling

Thanks
Daniel

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"libervisco" wrote:

Alright, I've got some updates..

Besides a very much improved site design with great new icons and buttons (thanks to Pascal Klein) I have...

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Thanks
Daniel

You need to share around the credit equally; you did a lot too. :bigsmile:
It was a pleasure doing this. Thanks for all the hacking, late nights, early mornings and sticking around in IRC waiting for the odd icon to upload. Cheers mate.

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Well I meant we have icons and buttons thanks to you. Smiling

Anyway, it's my pleasure too and I'm happy we did it. As for late nights and early mornings... that's kind of a regular thing to me. Laughing Although I'm attempting to fix (reverse) that "schedule".

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I would like to also say Thanks to everyone who is making this site even better than it was Smiling

Thanks for hacking away while I was safely tucked up in bed Crying or Very sad

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"onlinebacon" wrote:

Thanks for hacking away while I was safely tucked up in bed Crying or Very sad

Why the crying emoticon? Cheer up! 2006 is here! Laughing out loud

Not sleeping nights is kind of my routine so it's nothing special really, although it is one thing I could try to work on this year (sleep nights, work days). Smiling

Cheers
Daniel

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