[pmwiki-users] help for self-registration and other support

Swift, Chris Chris.Swift at eu.dodea.edu
Sun Aug 24 16:55:44 CDT 2008

I'm resending this message to see if anyone has any tips or ideas.
Thank you in advance,


From: pmwiki-users-bounces at pmichaud.com on behalf of Swift, Chris
Sent: Fri 8/22/2008 4:18 PM
To: pmwiki-users at pmichaud.com
Subject: [pmwiki-users] help for self-registration and other support

Dear all,
I am in dire need of help/advice, so if you have any advice, please help.
I am a teacher trying to bring this technology to my educational institution, however I'm lacking in 3 areas in order to present something that I would get accepted in our system (of over 100,000 students).
1.  I need a strong self-registration system.  I tried using ZAP (member management) and Presence Awareness, however with both of these recipes I ended up having to start over.  Regarding both of these recipes.  Is anyone still using ZAP?  If so, could you let me know if I could contact you with ZAP specific questions?  Also, with Presence Awareness, there are a lot of problems with the technology as I can register without having to put more than a user-name and password, however in my system I need an elaborate amount of detail on students (e-mail, address, phone number, etc.).  Has anyone updated this recipe and are willing to share with me their updated version?  Or would someone recommend to me a different recipe, if so, how do you use it?   Sorry, but I need some detail on this. 
2.  I need something that will show the presence of people on the wikisite and will allow people to instant message another.  I noticed ZAP allowed this capability, but as I mentioned the program didn't work for me and I found the ZAP site to be more confusing then to explain things to a real newb as me (brings me to my point if someone could let me know if they would be willing to consult me on its usage).  I found Presence Awareness to almost give this, but the xajax application slowed down my server and there wasn't any way I could find to instant message the people on my site.  I did find that PM posted that you can put (:presence:) and it would show the authors on your site, but again there are no IM capabilities.  Does someone have a suggestion here?
3.  I would like to make my site as user friendly as possible, because it will touch on a huge variety of people (kids from 4 years old until adults of 65!).  So, I was hoping there would be some sort of recipe that would allow me to make my custom templates more user friendly for people that have less technical skills than a lizard.  ;-)   So, the concept would be that a template would show up for someone to fill in the information into, however it wouldn't show up in text format as it does when you click on "edit" but it would show some boxes where people could just fill in information quite easily.
Thank you to everyone for your help and suggestions.  Any help will help me out greatly.
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