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> How About A Guides Forum?
Robert83
post May 26 2004, 02:30 PM
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Hi,

I've been thinking about stuff :

As you all know Joey is our Webmaster/Administrator , and since he got his own life, job to think about,
and it's really time consuming to add those guides to the GUIDES section of the Forum , and it's really *annoying* to write every guide in html , how about opening a new section for GUIDES ?

So we could post our guides there , and not in the tips & tricks section, I mean it would be a lot easier to post and find guides there . Then we wouldn't need to worry about writing html guides, and we wouldn't annoy Joey to put them to the Guides section (there where html is required).

I think Guides look nicer in the forum , since we got everything there, colors, bold characters, that code stuff, what more to ask for?

I do hope that everyone here including the administrators and our moderator agrees upon this.

What do you think?

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post May 26 2004, 06:12 PM
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@Corey - I want to say that I did not ask robert to post this smile.gif

I actually like the idea of posting the guides to the forum as well.

There are only real two concerns that I have with doing this ...

1. First, we need to (in my opinion) make sure that the posts are created locked, because I don't want them to become Tech Suppport posts ... but I would like to have the owner be able to reopen them and add other posts (the owner can already edit their original post if the thread is locked). I think only Admins, Mods or Support Specialists(SSs) should be able to post to this Section. I am editing my site profile so I can recieve e-mail from the forum ... and I suggest all other Admins/Mods/SSs do the same. If someone who is not in those groups (Admins/Mods/SSs) want to post a Guide, they can contact one of us via the mail form (or PM) and we can arrange it (if/when a Guides section is added).

2. There is the issue of search engine placement. Google counts links to and from pages and keywords when it ranks search results ... and right now, LinuxHelp ranks near the top on any search results we are in on Goggle because we have many pages that have many keywords about linux. We also have many links out to other sites ... and many other sites linking back to us.

Google can search and find PHP pages ... but it might negatively effect the ratings of LinuxHelp searches if we were to move all our guides to the Forums...since our links out and links to might not get counted in the rankings....
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For what it is worth, I vote for experimenting with a Guides forum and putting my 3 guides (LAMP, PostFix and installing FireFox) and Robert's Openvpn guide in there...but also maintaining the seperate Guides section on the main site as well....and allowing the SSs group have access to open locked posts (ie MOD status) in that section.

We would have to agree to remember to Lock our posts and only open them to add a new post ... then close them again.


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post May 26 2004, 06:47 PM
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I'm always open on ways to improve the site and keep the content as up to date as possible (with the least amount of effort as possible wink.gif )

We can definitely create a Guides Forum and try it out for awhile and see how it goes. I agree that the guides must be locked down etc.

And yes, I know I've been neglecting the site, you can blame that on my ever growing Stephen King collection (http://www.darktower.ca) and Work/Girlfriend/Cottage/Insane Asylum.

I'm going to be giving shell access to a few more people in the near future and maybe toy with installing some sort of zope-like publishing system to allow certain people to edit the site online.

And if you've sent me guides etc and I haven't posted them (theres probably a few that I haven't gotten around to yet) please email me and hound the hell out of me and I'll get it done, I promise. Hell you can even hound me on MSN - joeyolson@hotmail.com or ICQ - 104189991 smile.gif

I'll create the test guides forum shortly.
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post May 26 2004, 07:54 PM
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Joey created the Guides Forum and we have moved all the current Guides into it. Support Specialists and Admins/Mods have access to start topics and reply...

If you think I missed anything that needs to be moved, let me know...


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post May 27 2004, 12:28 PM
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My 'Building a System' thing isn't exactly a linux guide, but you can move it there if you want. XD


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post May 27 2004, 02:13 PM
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My post in Tips and Tricks section about Configuring GDM should be moved to that forum.


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