Talk:The Highschool Help Forum - Science Stream

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Setting up forums

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So this is going to be 4 major divisions with categorized discussions linked from each? What you need first it a way to create the pages (ask Hillgentleman). Make sure they all have categories for the DPL script to follow (e.g., [[Category:The Highschool Help Forum/Physics]] or [[Category:The Highschool Help Forum/Mathematics]] as well as [[Category:The Highschool Help Forum/Thread]]. The small categories can be tracked to show the most recently edited pages in a particular subject, and the main "threads" category can track for the most recently edited overall. --SB_Johnny talk 16:59, 10 January 2009 (UTC)Reply

Does this mean, that every page that the user creates [Preferably in a manner similar to the create new learning resource text box in one of the wikiversity guided tours.] should have a default code in its header so that, the page is added into two categories -
  • The subject (for classification)
  • Thread (Overall edits) ????
Is it that every category we add the page to can have its own list of pages according to latest edits? And is it that for this feature we have to ensure that every page that is created by someone has the aforementioned text?
This is just to clear things on my part and to avoid any confusions for other contributors. Thank you!
--Thewinster 14:00, 12 January 2009 (UTC)Reply
I could swear that I created a forum watching template somewhere, but I can't find it at the moment. I guess what you need to understand is how DynamicPageList works... it creates a list of pages that are of a specified category, and can be set up so that it has the most recently edited page appearing on the top of the list. It can also compare 2 categories (looking for pages in 2 or more categories, or pages in one category but not another category. A DPL page used for an entirely different reason is here: Bloom_Clock/Keys/New_Hampshire/Global_Comparison_Worksheet/June... that one is just looking for similarities between 2 sets of categories. I'll try to find the other example later when I have time. --SB_Johnny talk 15:02, 12 January 2009 (UTC)Reply
Found it. It's {{Project watchlist-dpl}}. You can see it in use here. --SB_Johnny talk 15:25, 12 January 2009 (UTC)Reply
This is teh first time I had a REAL Edit conflict and isn't it good! I'll do as you said and finish the page designs! See you soon! --The Winster talk 15:28, 12 January 2009 (UTC)Reply

Getting started with the forums

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It has taken me a while to reply and I apologize for that. So, now that It is figured out how DPL works, we are halfway through. The features that we will require are: -

  • Automatic generation of pages which already have the project watch template and categories listed in the blank space. if there is alreadya level 2 heading that says "Question" it'll be great! That way, people will not have to mess with all the code already there.
  • The pages that will be created will obviously have a hierarchial Page Name. But when they show up in the category name, can we do something to eliminate the name that displays the full hierarchy of the page and instead shows just the individual page's name?
  • What if after every page name if we have a page description available?

Or as a way to avoid the full name, we might show the decription as the name. Or we might have two "String Holders", with the first one featuring being used to name the page in the full wikiversity structure and at the same time to list it in the recent edits in the category listing. The second string holder might be used to provide description for the page, which by default can be inserted into the page by having a textbox - similar to the way the page was created.

If all of this becomes available, we would have gone a lot of distance into fascilitating the use of wikiversity by novice users. Thanks!

--The Winster talk 19:09, 15 January 2009 (UTC)Reply

Also, I traced Hillgentleman's ThreadNAV project. It gives me another idea. Instead of making the replies indented using the ":" operator like we generally do in talkPages, wouldn't it be better if we had separate boxes for every new reply? Now, I guess ThreadNav does it by adding pages to a parent level and then displaying everyone of those pages on a single page. [like on wikipedia articles where a list of related articles is posted at the bottom of the page which can be hidden or shown.???]. If the separate boxes for each reply can be implemented, that will be a big breakthrough for the accessibility of the forum! --The Winster talk 16:12, 17 January 2009 (UTC)Reply