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Here's a list of to-do things for the FC.o Webteam. If you don't like my naming convention in making this page, well, one of the points below is to establish style guidelines for the wiki. So there.


  • Un-ghettoize wiki
  • Establish wiki syle guidelines
    • Are we recommending against h1? Should we go through the wiki and change all h1 to h2? -- Gavin 14:06, 3 Feb 2005 (EST)
  • Re-enable upload on wiki
    • Allow uploads of all FC.o-recommended filetypes
  • Change the RSS feed on the Recent changes page on the wiki so it displays a smaller number of changes -- say, 10-20 -- and includes date, user who made the change, possibly time


  • Make an RSS feed for the aggregator
    • I'll do this probably on Sunday --Pug 11:33, 2 Feb 2005 (EST)
      • Done, but it's RSS 1.0. Then again we don't need any RSS 2.0 features. -- Pug 11:51, 6 Feb 2005 (EST)
        • Is there a way we can include the school's name in the RSS feed title? There's no way to tell what post is from where. Also, Eric had mentioned some problems with different encodings on the blogs. This seems to spill over a bit into the aggregator -- some quotation marks render as the ASCII code. -- Gavin 02:40, 7 Feb 2005 (EST)
          • It's not in the title because it's in the proper field, "Author." If your favorite RSS reader doesn't show that field, complain to the author. ;) If you *really* want it in the title, then fine, we can do that too, but it seems redundant to me. -- Pug 14:27, 7 Feb 2005 (EST)
  • Help chapters set up and use blogs
    • What can we do to help people? I've just been suggesting that people create an LJ community for their club. LJ does comments, an RSS feed, and trackback is on its way (now that they've been bought out by Six Apart). Blogger doesn't do RSS feeds period, just Atom, and that's not enabled by default. So I dis-recommend it. Some kind of Wordpress installation is really ideal, so that you have control. -- Nelson 11:54, 6 Feb 2005 (EST)
      • LJ is a good quickfix, but a WP install is better in the long run. For chapters that don't want to manage a WP install yet, we should push LJ heavily. Do you think we could pester LJ to implement trackback? Some sort of "category" tags would be very useful too. -- Gavin 02:30, 7 Feb 2005 (EST)
  • Install rel=nofollow fix on blog, if not yet nstalled
    • Looks like the plugin has been installed, and it seems to work. -- Nelson 02:24, 2 Feb 2005 (EST)
  • Tone down SpamKarma on blog
    • I think this one has been done, we just set it to be "Very Lenient", and that seems to generate a manageable level of comment spam which I can delete, without any false positives so far. -- Nelson 02:24, 2 Feb 2005 (EST)
      • Last week I got a complaint about false positives; see this. Unless it's been fixed since then. -- Gavin 17:02, 2 Feb 2005 (EST)
        • Yes, changes have been made since then. If we get any more false positives, let the web team know. -- Nelson 11:54, 6 Feb 2005 (EST)
          • Can we put a note on WP so that, if someone falls victim to a false positive, they can contact the Webteam and we can consider re-adjusting again? -- Gavin 02:19, 7 Feb 2005 (EST)
  • Find some better way to archive blog posts
    • This seems to have been fixed... J.C. found the option that lets us choose how many posts to display on the "Blog" page, and now there's a nice monthly archive on the right hand sidebar. -- Nelson 02:24, 2 Feb 2005 (EST)
    • Use *snip* after X length or allow author to set snip length?
      • This can be done using the "more" tag, which is a button that you can click on in the "post" or "edit" pane. -- Nelson 02:24, 2 Feb 2005 (EST)
        • Should we incorporate this into the "Best practices for blogging," especially with long / picture-heavy posts? -- Gavin 17:02, 2 Feb 2005 (EST)
          • Yes --Pug 08:01, 4 Feb 2005 (EST)
  • Establish best practices for blogging, at least for the FC.o blog, and possibly recommendations for local blogs as well
    • Use "more" tag on long or graphic-heavy entries (button that you can click on in the "post" or "edit" pane)
      • Graphics should be an FC.o-recommended format
    • Use trackback
    • Use links as appropriate
    • Text style conventions: names, dates, etc.
      • AP style? This is probably too complicated for our needs, plus most people aren't familiar with AP style, although it is the gold standard in journalism. Maybe an AP-lite? -- Gavin 02:56, 7 Feb 2005 (EST)
    • Layout style conventions: what HTML / CSS tags to use / not use, how to use them, etc.
    • Content conventions: what "is" a blog post and what isn't -- i.e. what to write about (and what not)
      • Launching FC.o campaigns
      • Major media write-ups of FC.o or chapters
      • NOT: local events of only local significance (write these in your local blog)
      • NOT: your personal musings / ramblings (write these in your personal blog)
        • There's a grey area here...
      • NOT: pipe dreams, complaints, internal disputes, name-calling
      • NOT: news stories without the FC.o context / "spin"
    • Accentuate the positive: what's being done that's good? How are people fighting for what's right? How can you get involved / help out?


  • Accept donations, in as many ways as possible
    • e.g. PayPal, credit card, (does still have a donation system?), (mail?)
  • A Web store to sell FC.o merchandise
    • Merch does not yet exist, except for frisbees at Downhill Battle

Site templates

  • Make a favicon.ico of the lego logo and install it on all FC.o sites
    • Done -- Pug 00:46, 6 Feb 2005 (EST)
  • Add a link on all the FC.o pages to "Email the Webmaster" that either emails a particular person or the webteam list, however you want to do it / it can be done
  • Add a link under the XHTML/CSS/etc. buttons on the right-hand sidebar which says "Add this site's RSS feed" which links to a page that explains, briefly, what RSS is and how to use it, including info about LiveBookmarks in Mozilla
    • for n00bs
  • There's a line in the site's CSS which doesn't validate
    • I don't see it -- Pug 00:46, 6 Feb 2005 (EST)
      • Eric says he fixed it -- Gavin 02:42, 7 Feb 2005 (EST)
  • Update sidebar templates to reflect who we currently are, what we're working on, etc.
    • Done, for now -- Gavin 02:27, 7 Feb 2005 (EST)
  • Prominent links to subscribe to Announce, Discuss
    • Done -- Pug 00:46, 6 Feb 2005 (EST)
  • Should we remove the sample flier that appears on some pages on the lefthand side, and links to the "Guide"? Eventually, this should be replaced with our Activist Packet, but until that's done, I think we ought to hide this. Maybe that will be extra motiviation to finish the activist packet. -- Gavin 02:37, 7 Feb 2005 (EST)

Contact info

  • Update Contact Us
    • Nelson, you said this was out of date. What needs to be updated here? -- Gavin 02:37, 7 Feb 2005 (EST)
  • Update Chapters
    • What info are we updating this with? How will we go about collecting it? Who will do that? Should we only include established/registered groups, or groups in the process of formation as well? -- Gavin 02:37, 7 Feb 2005 (EST)