@AquaticDisorder suggested the need to allow filtering of content (discussions, at least) by OS. Deploying OS-specific groups isn't feasible, considering the site was engineered not to use groups.

I suggested the use of a taxonomy (to which @mig5 concurred) but we are concerned that vocabularies tend to go unused.

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I added an exposed views filter for the keywords vocabulary in a block, and a 'reset' button via the views_hacks module.

I added Community Tags (6.x-2.0-beta1), and activated it for the Keywords vocabulary, which I extended to discussions (in addition to book pages). I also added a block interface for tagging on discussion pages.

We could potentially extend this to the documentation too, but lets see how well received/used it is in discussions.

Status:Active» Needs review

I'd appreciate some testing & feedback.

@ergonlogic, what I intended to get at is not necessarily O/S related more that:

  • Most importantly I find the discussion feature on cao very useful!
  • How to enable users to view previously discussed topics without scrolling through the whole list.
  • So fundamentally, I see each discussion post is usually based upon one topic.
  • So new post = new topic of discussion right?
  • Multiple posts per exact same topic = less efficient, less user friendly.

So what do I think can be improved?

I think as the list of posts gets longer users are less likely to search through and see if the topic they are interested in has already been discussed previously and therefore are more likely to create an identical post, I think duplicate posts are less useful to have as obviously this just makes the list longer compounding the problem.

As a user what do I think of the "tagging" solution?

My main motivation in the first place was that I was looking at the discussion feature as the community space, and thinking how it could be improved to encourage the development of Aegir's community, and how it could be better leveraged to make the information shared by the communiy more available

As it was

The discussion feature posts "seemed a little disposable" more like a twitter stream which I know it kind of is but at the same time it can be a very good source of info which makes me think old posts should be more "user findable" if that's not daft?
I agree tagging is probably the best solution, I might say perhaps I would move the tags to display below articles, and maybe in the form too but apart from that I think @ergonlogic your work so far is excellent!

What now?

I think perhaps there's opportunity to improve the user experience even further.

  1. By providing some form of navigation, maybe a tag cloud?
  2. Pull the most popular (most commented on discussion posts?) topics discussed and drop into a box.
  3. Maybe add a recent activity block limited to latest-discussion-activity.

Edit: Tidied up a tiny bit, I was a little tired when I wrote it but then I am now, gotta love the irony!
P.S I was trying to be helpful honest, post sounds a bit "what I think" I didn't mean to I'm only a novice you folks are amazing grandmasters to me!

@ergonlogic
When tagging the old release notes with "release-notes".
I noticed the url of the page is being changed.
e.g
"http://community.aegirproject.org/1.5" became
"http://community.aegirproject.org/content/15-release-notes"
"http://community.aegirproject.org/1.4" became
"http://community.aegirproject.org/content/14-release-notes"

mig5 kindly repaired my damage but I guess it needs looking at a little still thx.

Reading these posts again I see in number 2:
"We could potentially extend this to the documentation too, but lets see how well received/used it is in discussions."
So I was tagging documentation (oops sorry!)

1. Should authenticated users have permission to tag the actual documentation then?
2. Should I only have used: Client, Developer, Hosted, Sysadmin

I think the talk tab on the documentation pages is really good btw, perhaps users could add their tags here.

Wow mig5 undid my handywork quicker than I tagged it, it's like I was never there!

@ergonlogic is there anyway you can remove the "release-notes" tag and just leave the "release" tag on this discussion post plz- http://community.aegirproject.org/discuss/16-released.
I think that was me but who's counting :)

Version:7.x-2.x-dev» 6.x-1.x-dev

Moving out of the 7.x-2.x queue.

Category:feature» task
Priority:Normal» Minor
Status:Needs review» Postponed (maintainer needs more info)

moving out of the patch queue. what else is needed here?