[IMC-NYC-Editorial] confirming tomorrow, 7pm?

Chris Anderson chanders_imc at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 29 17:48:11 PST 2005


Hi,

I just wanted to confirm: we're meeting tomorrow at 7?

chris

--- patrick <patrick at indymedia.org> wrote:

> Hey,
> 
> Please see my responses below:
> 
> > > If this could be used to replicate what sf.indy
> and indybay.org
> > > have on their homepages, that'd be great.  That
> is, to display
> > > n number of the latest posts in a particular
> category; and sort
> > > the newswire by category.
> >
> > mir will do category homepages, with distinct
> newswires, pretty
> > easily...  what i was going to work on was some
> sort of front-page
> > category highlights box
> ...
> > what these boxes would actually represent..i.e.
> last posts,
> > separate "topic-feature" highlights, how the
> categories to be
> > displayed would be chosen(manually? automatically?
>  if the latter,
> > how?)
> 
> Well, what do you think about replicating
> sf/indbay's method?  Ana and 
> others were excited by this in nyc.  Here's my
> thoughts, and what I think 
> other imc's would be interested in:
> 
> ----
> 
> The homepage has 2 parts of the center-column that
> display the latest 
> posts by category, either from the open publishing
> newswire only, or by a 
> blend of the open newswire and all the rss feeds, if
> that's trivial to 
> implement.  These displays are randomized every n
> hours.  Here's a 
> template example:
> 
> http://nyc.phillyimc.org
>
http://sarai.indymedia.org/~patrick/mir.nyc/index.02.php
> 
> 1) The first category display has n category items,
> but only 1 headline 
> per category, accompanied by an icon for that
> category (e.g., palestinian 
> flag for palestine category.  The icon can grab
> attention and breaks up 
> the text-only headlines, and gives a visual cue for
> categories.
> 
> This first category display could also be
> editorially controlled, where 
> site editors pick the headlines. This might be too
> much work for editors. 
> But maybe the topic-special code could be
> re-purposed this display.
> 
> 2) The second category display would not be
> editorially controlled, it 
> would just be fed from the newswire, as some other
> imc sites do.  It would 
> display n headlines per category item.  If it's
> trivial to implement, 
> maybe some of the category items could be set to
> permanently display 
> (e.g., the 'local' category), and others are
> randomized (e.g., 'gender').
> 
> For both displays, it would be great to have a
> script that truncates the 
> headlines if they get too long, with an ellipsis
> (e.g., "Bush Names New 
> Cabinet Post, Just Yesterday Morning, Close to Noon
> Actually, And I Really 
> Disagree With It Becau...").
> 
> ----
> 
> Apart from these 2 pieces -- wondering if the
> icon/headline randomizing 
> code could be re-used for the 2 image displays on
> that page above.  There 
> would be a pool of editorially controlled images
> with captions, 
> randomized.  Editors could choose to fill the pool
> with only only 
> pictures/captions related to the center column
> stories (big headlines), or 
> maybe put in images linked to yet other stories.
> 
> I think sf.indy's idea of using less images and one
> large one is more 
> engaging, and better displays pictures compared to
> the small thumbnails 
> required by our current blog-style design in dada. 
> But randomizing them 
> would keep the page fresh, instead the intensive
> task of trying to update 
> it daily or so.
> 
> ----
> 
> > > My idea, not sure if this is done elsewhere, is
> to have subsection 
> > > homepages for some categories.  And to offer
> shared editorial
> > > control over these to respective groups.
> >
> > subsections are possible, but limited editorial
> access is off the
> > agenda, at least for the forseeable future...
> 
> Understood.  Well, perhaps we can set up an adhoc
> solution, maybe a local 
> list for groups to request their category center
> column content, or 
> perhaps through that user suggestion queue you
> mentioned, where users 
> suggest articles for the newswire.
> 
> Or maybe a group can create an rss feed where they
> only post center column 
> features for their subsection, and this gets fed to
> the category homepage 
> center column.  So, bypassing the mir admin
> permissions issues.
> 
> That is, at least for now a subsection is just a
> category homepage, and 
> not as full-fledged as uk's subsections (based on
> locale). But, I also 
> want to expand the editorial role, so trusted folks
> from other groups can 
> get access to the mir admin to control their
> sections, but aren't required 
> to get involved in wider imc process.  As part of
> the editorial team, 
> there also wouldn't be the same mir admin permission
> issues.
> 
> 
> Thanks,
> Patrick
> 
> 
> 
> 
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