[PAA-Webteam] Several changes - please look them over

Submitted by PAAMember on October 20, 2005 - 1:00pm. ::

All,

several changes I made - please review and comment!

1. Tried to make events more visible including "other calendars" and
the "upcoming events" list. I guess it's not really necessary to
display the full mini calendar as it just takes up space - thoughts
on that?

2. I added a link to allow anonymous users to submit events to the
calendar! please check that out. This means that anyone can post
events to the calendar, but those submissions will appear in a queue
that requires moderation. In other words, one of us on the webteam
will have to approve or "publish" the posting.

Left to do on this is to setup webteam members to be notified when
there are events to approve. Will work on this this weekend.

Also - please note that the only way to accomplish this method of
allowing anyone to submit calendar events is to require *all* events
created to be moderated by default. The "in moderation queue" means
that the events *exist*, but are NOT published to the calendar. An
event administrator who has permission (all of you do) will have to
view the event, uncheck "in moderation queue" and check => published
=> submit. That's it - voila - anyone can post events to our calendar.

Webteam members have full permission to change the options! So.... if
you have permission currently to actually log in and create events,
PLEASE be sure to remember to check the "published" box when you
create events.


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Submitted by PAAMember on October 21, 2005 - 11:00pm.

At 12:12 PM -0500 10/20/05, Sarah Gonzales wrote:
>All,
>
>several changes I made - please review and comment!
>
>1. Tried to make events more visible including "other calendars" and
>the "upcoming events" list. I guess it's not really necessary to
>display the full mini calendar as it just takes up space - thoughts
>on that?

Yes, this is much better. As I mentioned previously, I had trouble
finding the other calendars the way it was before (with the new web
site).

However, I still have a problem with the low contrast between text
and background for much of the new web site. The calendar listings
are an example of this - dark blue text on medium dark blue
background. I realize this is probably determined by the settings
for the theme, but are we trying to make it difficult for everyone to
find and read the text on our web site? Low contrast makes it easy
to hide text if that's what we're trying to do, but that's not what
we want.

The dark grey text on light grey background in many other places on
the web site is not as bad as the dark blue on medium dark blue
background, but it still seems to have no purpose other than to
require you to increase the font size so you can read it clearly.

What would it take to increase the contrast for text (everywhere) on
our web site? The old one was MUCH easier to read and easier to find
stuff because of that.

>2. I added a link to allow anonymous users to submit events to the
>calendar! please check that out.

Great. Thanks!

How about adding a "general" category for events that don't fall into
one of our action group categories? Also, is there some reason this
has to be entered twice (for "Downloads" and below that, for "PAA
Committees")?

The "More information about formatting options" brings up a blank
page. I assume you want to give people some suggestions here.

If people paste in text with HTML, will it cause the same problems
that it did with the forums? If so, should we disable HTML for this?

>This means that anyone can post events to the calendar, but those
>submissions will appear in a queue that requires moderation. In
>other words, one of us on the webteam will have to approve or
>"publish" the posting.

OK

>Left to do on this is to setup webteam members to be notified when
>there are events to approve. Will work on this this weekend.
>
>Also - please note that the only way to accomplish this method of
>allowing anyone to submit calendar events is to require *all* events
>created to be moderated by default. The "in moderation queue" means
>that the events *exist*, but are NOT published to the calendar. An
>event administrator who has permission (all of you do) will have to
>view the event, uncheck "in moderation queue" and check => published
>=> submit. That's it - voila - anyone can post events to our
>calendar.
>
>Webteam members have full permission to change the options! So....
>if you have permission currently to actually log in and create
>events, PLEASE be sure to remember to check the "published" box when
>you create events.
>
>
>3. All the PAA resolutions have now been moved over to the site and
>are available here:
>
> http://www.paa-tx.org/about

Great. Thanks!

>4. I added a block which displays the "latest email postings" to
>each action group. Example...
>
> http://www.paa-tx.org/hsf
> http://www.paa-tx.org/webteam
>

Yes, I noticed that. Thanks again!

Do we need a list of other priority things we need to do before we
shut down the old web site and point its URL to the new site? Things
like moving the downloads (we used to have a link from the new site
to the old site's downloads page for this), and all the links to
other organizations, figure out how to get the cross-posting (e-mail
lists to forums) to work when people have HTML in an e-mail, etc.

Sorry to take so long to respond to this and some other e-mails, but
I've been extremely busy with "real" work this week and haven't been
keeping up with my e-mails.

Bill