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

J C Lawrence claw at under.engr.sgi.com
Tue Oct 13 15:35:37 New Zealand Daylight Time 1998


On Mon, 12 Oct 1998 20:03:05 +0100 (BST) 
Ling <K.L.Lo-94 at student.lboro.ac.uk> wrote:

> 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.

Agreed.  I see significant value in having a web version of the FAQ
up on Kanga.Nu.  I'm also willing to install an automated system (of
some sort) which would allow you to either post updated copies to
Kanga.Nu without my intervention, or for Kanga.Nu to pro-actively go
out and grab them from you ala a mirror.

>> 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.  

I've been toying with the idea of grabbing the Slashdot sources and
setting up a MUD-dot type affair...  

The immediate problem is that mySQL *still* won't compile on my
system (RH/Alpha 4.2) and I'm very loathe to upgrade to RH/Alpha 5.x
as it means a full-system upgrade on a fully working and
in-production system which has been fairly heavily tailored.  I'm
starting to run into a sizeable raft of problems not being on a
glibc-based system however, so the move is tempting.

Translation: The ultimate plan is to get a second Alpha box, put
RH/Alpha 5.X on it, migrate everything that's currently on
greek.kanga.nu (the machine you all know and love as
"www/ftp/mail.kanga.nu") to the new box get it happy, and then swap
boxes.  The restriction currently is $$$ for the new Alpha box
(~$400 for a 233MHz 21066 which would be the minimal approach).
Unfortunately I'm involved in some legal battles that are chewing
all my free cash right now (let's just say that the lawyer makes
considerably more than I do).

> 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

I could write style guidlines for web page submissions for
Kanga.Nu....<horror!>

Other data:

  1) The list will be moving to a new list server fairly soon.  The
only effective change for most people is that the name "Petidomo"
will disappear and "Kettledrum" (current working project name), and
"ListMgr" (main system name) will take its place.  All other email
addresses will stay the same.

  2) The MUD-Dev presence on Kanga.Nu will be rationalised as part
of the currently ongoing re-working of the entire Kanga.Nu site.
This will most likely mean that /~petidomo/lists/mud-dev/ will move
to /lists/mud-dev/.  Odds are good that I'll put redirect files
under ~petidomo to alert users following old links (eg all the
search engine entries out there).

  3) Commercial affiliations (non-MUD based) are coming to Kanga.Nu.
No this shouldn't affect MUD-Dev directly.  Yes, mail traffic from
the site will go up by at least two orders of magnitude (and quite
likely three) with the side effect that MUD-Dev will likely
distribute considerably faster.  If all goes well, a little later
site bandwidth should also go up by at least one order of magnitude,
making archive searchers a happier.

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J C Lawrence                               Internet: claw at null.net
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