Latest progress on the blogs

Just so you know: this page was imported from my old blog. Some pages were rather mangled in the process; my apologies if things don't quite look right.

... and things left to be done.

To "blog" is the term used to describe the keeping of an online diary. The idea seems like an eternally boring one to many people, but blogs *can* be very useful.

With the UPSU blogs section, we are trying to create a feature on the site that allows anyone to keep an online diary, or "blog". Every registered member on the site has a profile page, linked into their forum posts, and this page also lists a bit about them and their blog entries.

With the elections coming up, I'm hoping that the blogging system will be sufficiently mature to allow election candidates to keep an online campaign diary. Along with the elections mini-site I'll be creating over the next couple of weeks, this will let each candidate have an "about me" page which also lists their latest diary entries.

I'm also hoping the democracy forum will start getting a good workout as people get more interested in how their Union is run - and by whom!

To be done:

  • modify com_content's "edit this article" link to redirect to the com_mamblog editing screen
  • modify com_mamblog's "(x chars remaining)" comment to "x% more" or "x more words - view" and bring comments link in-line with this styling.
  • modify "view/add comments" link in com_mamblog code to redirect to ~/#comments
  • modify akocomment code to add an link above the comments listing and box
  • add "Elections 2006" box to front page, with "latest democracy forum posts" and "visit the Elections mini-site" goodies
  • modify mod_latestnewsenhanced to allow override of itemid, override of links, and filtering of results by userID
  • tweak mod_latestnewsenhanced so the author and date show up together, and add some cute icons
  • tweak com_content and com_mamblog blog entry listings to adjust layout of dates and post authors. Find and add some decent-looking icons. Add links to "search for more from this member" "member profile" (with a link that works!) and "more on this date".
  • tweak template so links in the right-bar show up in a readable colour
  • steal the calendar module code from JD-Wordpress, and look into stealing any other JD-WP modules I like the look of
  • set up redirect to users' blog entries at blogs.upsu.net/username
  • set up redirect to users' blog entries at profiles.upsu.net/username
  • create "wide" format blog template for adding blog posts using MosCE
  • create "wide and high" format blog template for user profiles. Re-jig user profiles code to redirect to this template and create "profiles homepage" to allow people to search for other members
  • fix bulletted lists so they actually have bullets!

I think that's enough to be getting on with for now...

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