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Re: A New MX/ antiX Wiki?

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Post by richb » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:39 pm

There is a description in the admin setup panel but it does not show. It can be made to show by editing the code in a template. I am not sure that doing so would not clutter the Index page with a lot of text. And even if we did that I am sure it would be ignored by some.
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The solution is for the mods, including me to be more vigilant and move posts out of Tips and Tricks that do not belong there.
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Re: A New MX/ antiX Wiki?

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Post by JayM » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:22 pm

It would make it a bit easier for users to choose the most-correct forum or subforum for their posts though, and prevent some of the clutter and save you mods at least some work moving topics around.

Granted, a few people aren't (how do I put it politely?) as clever as one could wish and will post in the wrong place, just like they don't give any information about their computers when asking for help. The best that the admins can do is try to mitigate those situations as much as possible using whatever information is displayed in the forum, then as you say, move posts to their proper places. If their were board descriptions, hopefully there wouldn't be quite as many to have to move.

Edit: I can't really blame people. I still have a hard time figuring out where the best places to post topics would be. It must be even harder for people who are new to the forum. Descriptions would help.
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Re: A New MX/ antiX Wiki?

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Post by richb » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:33 pm

It would have to done by our webmaster, peregrine. I can add it to a list of things to do, but she is very busy and this will have a low priority. Most likely it will be tried on an off line copy as I still believe it will make a mess of the Index page unless it is a tooltip upon hover.
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Re: A New MX/ antiX Wiki?

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Post by JayM » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:53 pm

richb wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:33 pm
It would have to done by our webmaster, peregrine. I can add it to a list of things to do, but she is very busy and this will have a low priority. Most likely it will be tried on an off line copy as I still believe it will make a mess of the Index page unless it is a tooltip upon hover.
Yep, that's always the best way: test it in a sandbox first before changing the live system. That's what I always did on forums that I was involved in as an admin, years ago. Then I'd get approval from other admins and mods, after they'd tested the changes in the sandbox, before going live with it which would be at a scheduled date and time that had been announced beforehand (in case of an outage.)

Maybe the subforum descriptions could be added only to the template that displays those subforums when their names are clicked on in the main page? For instance, the Tips&Tricks page shows a description between the title "Tips&Tricks" and the "New Topic" button, but the lists of subforums underneath the main forum names on the front page don't show subforum descriptions? This would prevent cluttering up the main page. That would be the template for viewforum.php (I think) that had descriptions enabled rather than index.php. The field that would need to be added (or uncommented-out if it's there but disabled) is FORUM_DESC, right underneath FORUM_NAME.
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Re: A New MX/ antiX Wiki?

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Post by Buck Fankers » Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:28 am

richb wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:38 pm
We do have a Tips and Tricks Forum. Perhaps we can rename it Tutorials, Tips and Tricks..
You are correct, my bad. It just doesn't seem to work like tutorials section on Manjaro forum. Probably for reasons you guys already discussed.

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Perhaps posts that do not belong in the Tips and Tricks sub-forum could be flagged by people who notice it. That will bring them to the attention of the Moderators who can then move them to the right place.
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Re: A New MX/ antiX Wiki?

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Post by JayM » Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:42 am

asqwerth wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:24 am
Perhaps posts that do not belong in the Tips and Tricks sub-forum could be flagged by people who notice it. That will bring them to the attention of the Moderators who can then move them to the right place.
I guess that would be me, since I'm the one who mentioned it. :smile: I'll start reporting them as off-topic a few at a time, so as not to inundate the mods.
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Re: A New MX/ antiX Wiki?

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Post by tascoast » Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:46 am

What about a simple Beta Wiki thread or compilation of useful solutions to various scenarios? Tips and Tricks orientated perhaps as mentioned?

Anyway, something relatively simple in practice that can refined later. There does seem to be a lot of good content in existing threads that could be distilled as such.
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Post by manyroads » Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:39 pm

The eirenicon (WordPress) Knowledgebase is online (here's a small article on how it was built) http://eirenicon.org/2019/06/14/eirenic ... is-online/
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Re: A New MX/ antiX Wiki?

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Post by manyroads » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:21 pm

Just in case people think my eirenicon Knowledgebase is being sold for use here or anywhere "other than on my site..."

Let me offer what, in my humble opinion, are some pretty awesome distro Community Help pages :number1: :

https://community.linuxmint.com/
https://askubuntu.com/
https://wiki.manjaro.org/index.php?title=Main_Page
https://wiki.archlinux.org/
https://www.gentoo.org/support/

These are what I think are useful for a popular distro. They are well beyond what my little effort can handle. :eek:
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