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Mike Harman
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Jan 31 2007 19:34
What's happening at libcom at the moment

This list is mainly for admins and people wanting to help out. Hopefully we'll add to it and keep it up to date as things go along so we can keep track of issues better. Where possible I'll put a link to specific threads here or drupal.org discussions.

edit: - todo list now in most recent comment on the thread.

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Feb 5 2007 19:28

Just to let everyone know we have been working on upgrading to Drupal 5 over the last few days.

Once that's happened we will be concentrating on the 'look' and usability of the site to try and make it much easier to find what you are looking for.

makaira
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Feb 5 2007 19:41

Is Drupal 5 more stable? Have more features? Or are you updating just for the sake of it?

Sorry, I'm not too tech savvy. I suppose I could just go to Drupal's site and see for myself, thought I doubt I would understand it...

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Feb 5 2007 19:59
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Is Drupal 5 more stable? Have more features? Or are you updating just for the sake of it?

All three!

Drupal releases new versions every 6-12 months.

5.x should load pages a lot faster for various reasons, and we should be able to run more of the site with Drupal itself and use a smaller number of third party modules to achieve the same thing (which will also make things faster and more reliable in itself). With a bit of luck that'll mean much less times when the site goes really slow (or crashes like a few months ago).

Also the third party modules will pretty much only get bug-fixed for 4.7, so if we want new features we have to upgrade to take advantage of that.

We'll probably be able to have forum moderators again at last. The "jump to last post" and one or two other issues that annoy us didn't get fixed in 5.0, but they might get fixed in 6.0 or 7.0 and it's easier to do two smaller upgrades than one huge one.

It's also timed really well - since we've managed to transfer all the content, but we really need to sort out the overall theme and things like the main index page and the news/library/history indexes which are a mess. If we do these after upgrading the software, it means we won't have to re-do anything for another 6-9 months after that unless we want to.

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Feb 21 2007 12:31

Hi guys! Kind of been missing in action for a while. Drupal 5 eh? You brave bastards smile

Let me know if you need help, of course.

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Feb 21 2007 13:21

Aketus

Welcome back boy!!! Was gonna pm ya to see if you wanna still stay at the Lair in April. Pm me or i will pm ya.

Re: Drupal 5 - they are brave for trying this? Sounds worrying black bloc I am with Makaira - i wouldn't understand their site either - funnily enough! tongue

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Feb 22 2007 06:21

Brave in the sense that I wonder if all the modules currently being used are supported in Drupal 5 yet.
And brave in the sense that I've been pondering whether to do the same on AptGetAnarchy.org yet, but have been to scared, for the aforementioned modules reason! I'm not as hardcore as Libcom sad

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Feb 22 2007 13:08

Hi aketus, thanks for the help offer, we will see how things go and let you know.

Yeah we have sorted through the modules and pretty much nearly everything is supported. Couple of things we need to work out. Should all go pretty smoothly.

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Apr 24 2007 17:42

ok a few major things we need to do:

code/admin
* set up "profiles as nodes" so we have proper social networking and basically rebuild the networking from scratch
* fix the google map integration so it doesn't kill the server when you look at a map
* sort out a proper forums tracker as a tab on the main one
* set up a user view for all content types (blogs, news, history etc.) to do two things: - allow a quick review of, say, all news submissions by one user, and also possibly to replace the blog module and aliases which it would basically do the job of.
* standardise rss feeds a bit
* sort the forum comment formatting so broken quote tags don't break the layout.

content:
* convert all our book pages that are only one page over to library pages so they're consistent (this means adding a new page and deleting the old one, unless someone's got some magic conversion to remove the outlining information - ooh just had an idea actually).
* convert all top level books in library/organise/thought to their respective content types and rejoin the child pages to them
* delete all unused or bad tags
* document site structure for notes
* fix the sectors intros - especially images

Some of these are relatively easy (if boring) jobs, so if you'd like to help out, let us know!

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Apr 25 2007 16:06

I could probably help out with some of this as I now have the internet.