From: David Golden (david.golden at domain oceanfree.net)
Date: Fri 05 Apr 2002 - 23:22:12 IST
On Friday 05 April 2002 16:39, Anthony Staines wrote:
> Not being a sucidial megalomaniac, I intend to take something like
> Slashcode, (the core of Slashdot)
As far as I remember, /. code is itself awful (mind you, it's probably
undergone serious cleaning/rewriting since I last looked, so I might
be talking rubbish...)
> So to my question. Both of these systems have features that are probably
> very useful for my intended audience, but they also have many many extra
> features. Is there a simpler alternative that anyone can suggest for me
> to investigate?
Depends on the amount of customisation you'll be doing:
There's a fair few things that run on top of Zope. http://www.zope.org/
Might be overkill, maybe not. It's fairly easy to use. Note that it is a
general-purpose web application server on top of which "products" are run -
one or more of those "products" may suit you:
e.g. http://squishdot.org/ is a /.-like system on top of zope
Zope is written in Python, but you're don't actually have to dive into Python
to get an attractive site up and running.
Another /.-like system is the kuro5hin engine, scoop.
There's a spectrum of wiki*/forum/portal/content management system
packages listed on http://www.freshmeat.net/ Searching for those terms on
freshmeat might turn up some good stuff (but beware packages that are little
more than a skeleton and high hopes...). They all kinda blur together into
a continuum of web publishing tools with varying end-user
participation possibilities and so on.
(in fact, such things also blur together with document management systems
- e.g. Microsoft Sharepoint is like a weakened Zope mixed with a weakened
document management system, for a "synergistic" effect - just like Outlook
managed to grab a load of mindshare and get the hideous monstrosity that is
MS Exchange a foot in the door by conflating calendaring and messaging, MS
Sharepoint is something the Open Source community should be keeping an eye
*wikis work much better than one would initially expect - while any user can
actually edit the pages, and thus some kiddie/troll could deface the site,
the flip side is that the defacement is removed in a matter of moments
(usually wiki-clones these days have integrated versioning and so on), and
the kiddies just seem to get bored and wander off. Forums which retain their
idiotic posting for eternity seem to encourage them, perhaps because the can
"leave their mark".
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