[Imc-uk-process] calendar site now up
yossarian at aktivix.org
Tue May 15 06:42:53 PDT 2007
There is now a version of the new Indy UK calendar system up on the
net. It's at:
I've still got to clean up some bugs and finish some features, but I'll
try to lay out some of the main features here so people can get an
advance look. Please keep in mind that I am not a graphic designer and
the site's layout and stylesheets need quite a bit of work, so if
anybody can put time into finding us a good HTML/CSS designer that'd be
If you have feature suggestions or bugs to report, just email me, or
You can file a new bug or feature request by hitting the 'new ticket'
link in the top navigation bar.
* you can publish single events
* you can publish multiple events, either by specifying something like
"repeat this every week until August 21st" or by specifying something
like "repeat this on the last Wednesday of every month until September
* you can only repeat events for 6 months from the first event. So, you
can't flood the calendar for years at a time if you're a spammer.
* you can upload images, video, or files to an event. This allows for
things like poster downloads.
* videos are converted on the server and displayed in a Flash player
(like Youtube). This is not currently active on the dev server but it
works fine, I just haven't had time to set the dev server up to encode
video yet. You can see an example of what it'll look like on the
history site, at http://history.indymedia.org.uk/publish/show/52
* I initially couldn't think of any possible use for having videos in
events but then I thought it might be nice for film trailers.
* you can tag events by place. So, you can tag an event as "london
whitechapel" or "nottingham steinton". This gets us away from only
categorizing things where we have collectives, and also gets us down to
the neighbourhood level in bigger cities.
* you can tag events by category.
* you can add as many photos, files, videos, or links to an event as
you want, just press the "add photo" link 3 times to add 3 photos. This
is convenient but I don't think it's very intuitive at the moment so any
suggestions on how to make it more obvious to users would be welcome.
* you can view a single event.
* you can search for events and get back a list
* you can retrieve events by place tag:
* you can retrieve events by tag:
There is currently a bug that I need to fix, but basically:
* you can login to the site by going to
* user: admin
* password: password
(this is just a dev site, i think it's fine to have people able to log
in and explore)
* once logged in as an admin, you should see some extra controls on
article display pages.
==> At the bottom, you should see a "Hide this event" link. Clicking
it brings up the hide form right in the page. Type your reasons in the
hide form, and the event will be hidden and the features list gets an
email automatically (the email is not currently set up to send so that
we don't all go mental during testing).
==> Unhiding events works the same way.
==> I could probably queue the emails and send them in a batch every 4
hours or something.
==> I have investigated irc notifications and I think that should be
==> If an event was published as a set of multiple events, it's
possible to hide all of the events at once, which will effectively
defeat our troll problem. I need to put in a link for this feature but
the code for it works well.
When logged in as an admin, you will notice that an "edit" link appears
at the bottom of an event, so you can just go and edit it.
There are currently 3 feeds coming off this thing:
All upcoming events:
Upcoming events sharing a tag (e.g. 'Indymedia'):
Upcoming events sharing a location tag (e.g. 'whitechapel'):
The feed subscription links for tagged events need to put in place.
ROLE BASED ACCESS CONTROL
* The site currently has support for multiple levels of admin, so we
could for instance define different roles - we could have a role that is
allowed to only hide events, but not edit them. In theory we can also
offer any user an account on the system, allowing them to edit their own
events if they want to do so. There is an automated email sign-up
system, currently hidden, that could be activated to achieve this.
Startx and I also discussed alternate sign-up methods (not involving an
email address) which I could also look into.
* This is potentially quite an important feature as it may allow us to
build up a bigger pool of admin users.
There are quite a few things more to say probably but people might as
well take a look at the thing now and start giving feedback on what they
think. I guess the most important question is, "do people like this
better than protest.net?". The next question after that is, "where
could we host this?".
I've also done a replacement for the Indy global contact form system
which I can talk about in another email.
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