[MUD-Dev] Re: META: Review of FAQ's Bio Section

Ling K.L.Lo-94 at student.lboro.ac.uk
Mon Oct 12 20:03:05 New Zealand Daylight Time 1998

On Mon, 12 Oct 1998, Benjamin D. Wiechel wrote:
> From: Chris Gray <cg at ami-cg.GraySage.Edmonton.AB.CA>
> >The problem with a web page is that it becomes searchable, and is quite
> >likely to get indexed all over the place. Perhaps if it were one where
> >the members email addresses are munged like in the archives, and was
> >only "officially" available at kanga.nu?

Noted.  I am hoping to get JCL to support a webpage version, preferably on
kanga. I'm quite happy to pseudo-maintain it from afar but it does mean
some of his time will be nibbled away which I wanna minimise.  I'd much
rather not have the faq live on any server other than kanga.

> I would think having it as a part of the kanga.nu website with the rest
> of the materials would be good.  The other thing I would find to be of
> benefit would be if someone wanted to donate the time and experience to
> make it into something that we could update ourselves.  Go to url X and
> put in your password perhaps, and then update your info.  At any rate,
> that's my thought. 

Agreed but not something I can implement personally.  Also, I do think the
return on investment is kinda small, there's only a handful of bios and I
only lose a few hours every odd month updating the faq which I would waste
vegetating in front of the telly anyway.  I'm a strong believer in filling
my days with things to do (and spreading myself incredibly thinly :)

> >The main difficulty, I expect, is that of keeping it up-to-date.
> >People just have to let you know about updates. (Mine definitely needs
> >updating, but I need to accomplish something more on my MUD first!).
> >Of course, asking this question on MUD-Dev may well trigger a flurry
> >of updates... 

If this section of the faq survives in some form or other (looks likely) 
I'm gonna poll people every three months.  Privately, of course.  Oh,
anyone wanting to update their bio, a private email will do nicely.

> I agree, I think it's useful, and I think it would be more useful in a
> searchable website so that when we want to look up someone that just
> replied or posted, we can find them quickly, and see what their
> background is.  Very useful in understanding someone's perspective on an
> issue. 

Hurrah!  Others in favour of having bios as opposed to projects.  Hurrah!

Concerning searching, would tags help?  Like:

  Rest of bio, blah blah blah

Then you can shunt the bios into a text editor and ask it to find [Bubba]
where Bubba is the name as it would appear in the sender field of his
mailing.  Although, I think you were more thinking of having an html
version to faciliate point and click. :P

  |    Ling Lo (cod)
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