Wikiversity community blog

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There are several blogs of Wikiversity participants in Wikiversity itself (see Category:Blogs), as well as outside - but this page is to discuss whether it would be a reasonable idea to have a communal blog. Would it be desirable to have such a thing? How would it work? Ideas and comments are very welcome.

Is it desirable?[edit | edit source]

Even if we don't have an aggregated or centralised page for blog posts, I think it is a good idea to list individual blogs from a centralised page. For example, my own blog can never be picked up via a category, as it is on a external host. Cormaggio talk 10:02, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

The RSS reader extension is now enabled on the sandbox server, so a proof-of-concept could be created. Maybe we can use Google Reader for now to burn a single feed of all related WV blogs. But I suspect we're not going to be seeing such an extension enabled on WM projects for some time. Maybe we can try doing this with Knol? -- Jtneill - Talk - c 10:25, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

What would we blog about?[edit | edit source]

We might make an analogy with The Signpost - here we announce news items that are important to a lot of people on Wikiversity. However, blogs can be updated as frequently as necessary, so there is no constraint on regular publishing. --HappyCamper 11:49, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

How would it work?[edit | edit source]

Would it be best as an aggregation of all posts to all blogs? Would it simply be a free-form editable page that people can post to directly? Would it be an aggregator for shorter ' micro-blogging' updates, such as Twitter or Facebook 'status'? Just some ideas to get the ball rolling... Cormaggio talk 10:02, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

For it to fly here, now, I'd vote for "a free-form editable page that people can post to directly". Why not - let's try! -- Jtneill - Talk - c 10:26, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

Where would it reside?[edit | edit source]

One idea would be to have some form of such a blog on the front page itself - it would probably have to be limited to a line or two maximum (though could possibly truncate, and give the option to "read more" on an expanded page). This might give the front page some sense of there being a community of learners and practitioners here - which is not so obviously apparent from our front page... Cormaggio talk 10:02, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

Maybe a summary of each blog post for inclusion; and the main blog post would be not included? Or just include the title. Or maybe each person blogs individually, and then posts a title (for inclusion; and which links to the individual blog post) and a summary (not included) to the community blog page. -- Jtneill - Talk - c 10:29, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

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