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Monday, October 03, 2005

New Sir Humphrey's Services

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We’ve been adding a few more features towards the new Sir Humphrey’s site, which AL tells me will be complete in the very near future. I’ve just finished on Friday getting a couple of them tidied up for release and want to invite you to check them out.

1. TopSpin --- http://topspin.sirhumphreys.com/

This is a wiki, which uses the same software as Wikipedia. This came about from AL’s initial work on Labour Scandals and the realisation that a blog wasn’t the best mechanism for documenting a great deal of reference information. We decided not to use Wikipedia itself, because it is open to editing for all and that is likely to cause all sorts of problems with anonymous people having wars over content. TopSpin is designed to be a community effort at monitoring and documenting our politicians and media. The wiki software gives us much more flexibility and power to manage boatloads of infomation (which we need given Labour's history), including assigning categories and very easy hyperlinking to other pages. We are going to be working to transition the material from Labour Scandals into TopSpin, as well as the creation of much more new material. And, this is not just for the right documenting the left - we would welcome submissions all across the political spectrum to contribute - we may not be the best at documenting the right-wing parties. We will be patrolling edits to ensure that no funny business carries on.

If you would like to contribute to TopSpin, email me and let me know the username you want, as well as the email address that the randomly generated password will be emailed to.

2. Forums --- http://forums.sirhumphreys.com/

The forums have been put in place to allow more free-form discussion than blog comments usually allow. This means that you can start discussion on issues you want to discuss with other members of the SH community. It means that for some topics comments may not be spread across as many articles, for example there may be just one thread that contains an ongoing discussion about Taito Field.

The forums you can register yourself using this link, so you can start using them straight away.

Anyway, we’re keen to open both these new services up to the greater world, solicit some feedback, and let you start using them.

Any questions, fire away.

Cheers Bernard

Posted by Bernard Woolley | 10/03/2005 11:59:00 pm


Blogger JamesP said...

Just make sure you guys link to the relevant forum topic(s) in your posts. Sure you will, rather obvious suggestion :)

Other than that keep up the good work.

10/01/2005 12:02:00 am  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

Looks good so far. Excellent job.

10/01/2005 10:01:00 am  
Anonymous spam said...

You should have gone for a vBulletin forum - much better than the PHPbb2 versions.

10/01/2005 10:24:00 am  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

Hi spam. I've never been impressed with the vBulletin forums I've used, especially when you have to pay for it! Of course some webhosts bundle it which makes it less of an issue. Our host provided invision. I've used phpbb for a few years now, and as I was pushing the project so it was a case of what I was comfortable managing - hence phpbb.

10/01/2005 10:38:00 am  
Anonymous spam said...

Fair enough! I didn't know phpbb was free - that makes it the obvious choice!

I just prefer vBulletin - seems to have a more user-friendly interface etc. Probably just a personal preference thing though (won't stop me from signing-up ;))

10/01/2005 12:44:00 pm  

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