[Smaug] Web site maintenance (was: scruz.org re-design)

Jay Campbell jay at got.net
Wed Nov 16 22:02:37 PST 2005

Answers interspersed:

> I can copy over the Meeting Notes page, the last one I think matters.[1]
> I've registered as "rick", and can do that work as soon as you set the
> access flags for my login.  

I just gave all currently-registered users "content editor" access.
You can edit anyone's posts and dink with the sidebar.

You could enter those meeting notes as individual blog posts with
correct dates, then continuing the tradition later should be easy.

> o  Normally, a lot of CGI-generated e-mail comes from apparent senders
>    that themselves are not deliverable, which makes them look spammish,
>    which in turn causes a lot of it to not get through.

That was a deliverable address :0

> 1.  I can & will cut over the "A" record for www.scruz.org in the
> group's DNS as soon as you give the word that the site will respond
> correctly to HTTP requests for that hostname.  Please give the word.

I had set up scruz.org, but not www.* - done now.

> 2.  Any chance you can get the site to serve up the Drupal tree without
> that /drupal/ subdirectory needing to be in the URL?  Yes, I saw that
> you had a redirect page at the document root, but it'd be nice to
> get rid of that.

Done - that was in case drupal was voted down.

> 3.  Also, can you arrange for the confirm messages to be generated
> from a FQDN in scruz.org, rather than in jayCampbell.com?  It would
> be bad to have site registration break because, e.g., your personal
> domain's DNS is offline.
> I can add whatever MX line you need to the scruz.org DNS.  Currently,
> *@scruz.org and *@www.scruz.org land at my MTA, for lack of a better
> place, mostly so we support the RFC-required postmaster@ and abuse@ 
> addresses.  (Technically, those are required only of SMTP-capable
> hosts.  I set that up just in case.)

I can set it to whatever scruz.org address is likely to be answered.

> [1] Well, there's one more -- and this is as good an occasion as any to 
> rethink the implementation.  Look on http://www.scruz.org/ , and 
> notice a hyperlink anchor on the word "more", here:
>     NEXT MEETING: Monday, November 21 2005, 8 PM (more)
> That hyperlink takes you to http://www.scruz.org/meeting.html , 
> which gives more-complete meeting details plus an additional dozen
> meeting dates.
> I suspect that a lot of casual visitors miss that hyperlink completely, 
> and I'm sure there's a better way to do it, but that's what I inherited.
> The link anchor used to be even easier to miss:  I made it more prominent.
> Anyhow, it's _really_ important for a group to list N upcoming dates,
> N equaling at least 3-4.  I went with twelve because there was a whole
> subpage to put them on, but 3-4 could go onto the front page.

The one in the sidebar is PHP. This is bad in the event there's not a
meeting on a given Monday, so a human-updated list is best. I like the
idea of a 'Next Meetings' sidebar box with 4 upcoming dates, a little 
map, and a link for 'more info and directions'.

I should actually attend one of those too.



Jay Campbell               

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