[pmwiki-users] PmW Mag?

Thomas Voghera thomasvoghera at gmail.com
Wed Sep 20 05:18:05 CDT 2006

Agree with Kjettil - As a not yet user I like PmWikiMagazine.
Guess it will be PWM soon enough ;-)

"wikizine" should perhaps be reserved for the TYPE of magazine-webpage/site-wiki you are discussing.

Regarding the format I beleive one should use several of the suggested forms.

1- Some sort of layouted issues. Articles, news, comments, user/site of the month, interviews, what's happening in the wiki world etc. Could be as simple as a frontpage-pdf with links.
2- Archives of written text, news, interviews etc
3- ProtoArchives where anyone can put up articles they want others to write!, I am writing on this article (scoop+timeframe), but need / want /  don't want help.

I trawled many wikisites looking for one with "explorer-type ToC". Found http://www.dufferinpark.ca/market/wiki/wiki.php?n=News2006.FrontPage on http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/PmWiki/SuccessStories and is one of the few I've seen so far.

regards /Thomas Voghera

  "kjettil" <kjettil at wanadoo.fr> wrote in message news:4510DE62.5010206 at wanadoo.fr...
  Jon Haupt wrote: 
    On 9/19/06, Kathryn Andersen <kat_lists at katspace.homelinux.org> wrote: 

      What's wrong with "Magazine"?  That's what it *is*, isn't it?

    I totally agree.  The title could be PmWiki Magazine, and the group on PmWiki.org could just be /Magazine, and I think that makes sense. 

  I strongly support PmWiki Magazine - it may not be "sexy", but it tells exactly what it is (intended to be), also to people with a mother tongue different from English. PmWiki is used and appreciated by an international audience and should therefore address that audience. Even if the target area is the whole world, the language shall of course be the (only truly) international language, viz. English (sorry for that French and German colleagues!).

  As regards contents: I can't find that anyone yet has written a book on how to set up a PmWiki site, like has been done for e.g Joomla. And there's probably no need, since PmWiki is so easy to set up and configure - and it's highly configurable and extendable. But in that versatility lies a problem, in particular for those new to the business (with varying degrees of knowledge of PHP, xHTML, CSS, server setup, etc). This list shows repeatedly that beginners encounter the same type of problems. ww.pmwiki.org is a wonderful source of tools, advice and help - but it takes months to find out how to use it effectively. PmWiki Magazine could do a lot to ease the setting up of PmWiki sites and relieve Pm from the burden of repeatedly having to give the same advice and help to beginners. 

  But, experienced administrators also need advice and guidance, be it on a more advanced level. This list is a goldmine - but you can't reasonably read and remember everything. And, that day when you yourself have that particular problem, it may take a lot of time to find the advice in the archives. Therefore, articles for experienced administrators are also necessary.

  As regards look and feel: To show the full capacity of PmWiki as a CMS, the PmWiki Magazine should have a CMS layout, with a nice CMS type skin.



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