R.J. Steinert

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FarmHack.net Development Update 2012-12-03 R.J. Steinert Monday, December 3, 2012 - 12:44pm Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 8:42pm 3
A "Farm Hack Stories" series R.J. Steinert Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 5:47pm Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 5:47pm 0
Say Hi R.J. Steinert Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 7:49pm Friday, June 8, 2012 - 10:59am 13
@Loria Why remove Farmigo.com? R.J. Steinert Monday, May 21, 2012 - 6:33pm Monday, May 21, 2012 - 8:51pm 2
R.J.'s report on the first few months of FarmHack.net R.J. Steinert Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 11:34pm Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 11:34pm 0
Economist Article on 3D printing, "The third industrial revolution" R.J. Steinert Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 9:00am Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 9:00am 0
Event Group: Using Arduinos to automate greenhouse operations R.J. Steinert Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 3:15pm Monday, September 23, 2013 - 11:29pm 3
Event Information and Facebook page R.J. Steinert Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 8:38am Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 8:38am 0
I'm not sure "Functional Prototype" is the correct type for this Tool R.J. Steinert Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 11:38pm Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 11:38pm 0
Use pound signs instead of font tags for section dividing R.J. Steinert Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 6:26pm Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 9:45pm 5

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Inspired by Louis's comment that got mangled from a text filter, I enabled am more flexible text filter AND enabled user's to edit their own comments. Maybe in the future we'll lock this down but for now it's a nuisance especially while preview comment isn't working.

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Hi guys, I agree, confusing, but it's classic flexible wiki functionality where you can create Wiki pages and then you have to link to them manually otherwise they hang out in the black hole of cyberspace. I've threw a link up there to create wiki pages in that fashion thinking that some users might find it useful (I did for creating a wiki page of the notes on the last meet up). I'm on the fence about it.

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Haha amazing, so meta. This one is definitely influenced by my experience in the Drupal issue queues where the original text is editable by anyone and the comments are permanent. Having the original text editable allows you to update the thread AT THE TOP so when the thread gets into the triple digits then someone can edit the original text to summarize the discussion. In the Drupal community we suffer from conversations that will start up again like 50 times because no one has the time to read the whole conversation.

As for the needing to go back and edit in general, I agree, I'm the same way and I try to use the preview button as much as possible to force myself to reread things. Unfortunately there is something funny with the preview mode right now. See http://dev.farmhack.gotpantheon.com/forums/clicking-preview-button-forum-topics-results-error.

I also see a need to keep comments permanent for accountability. I think it keeps people civil. I might be wrong though.

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Sorry, I meant a new forum topic titled "Community Collaboration Rules Proposal .2".

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Cool, I'm glad you find that to be a good example. It's also good to know we have someone using IE in the crowd who is willing to point out issues!

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Haha, ya, we're definitely going to have to expand/modify those rules. If anyone wants to keep the ball rolling feel free to post a new forum topic called "Community Collaboration Rules Proposal .1". After a few iterations and some discussion we can vote on one. We could do a vote right now though, an "is this good enough to launch with?" vote.

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Emily asked me a few questions about this proposal and I've decided to paraphrase my answers here.

It's worth pointing out that not all collaboration is going to be good fit for Farm Hack if it is going to be run as a Bazaar. Collaboration in the Cathedral mode is more efficient when you need to limit the amount collaboration to a few people while the Bazaar mode is more efficient if you want that collaboration to scale up to a large number of people.

Collaboration will happen in Forum topics and Wiki Pages under each Farm Hack Topic. For now we can just forums under a "Topic" category and down the line those Topic forums will look like a Tool page does now with a Wiki and a Forum.

Lastly, note that users can create wiki pages right now for whatever purpose they want and link to them from Forum Topics or other Wiki pages.

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Hi David, Thanks for the bug report! I can't seem to reproduce it that problem in IE 8. Does that always happen for you or only sometimes? If only sometimes, then is there a URL where it happens consistently? Also, if you take a screenshot of the problem and post it here then I might be able to figure it out.

I just realized we can't attach files to comments. I'll enable that so you can post that screenshot! Also, in case you don't know how to take a screenshot, there might be a "Print Screen" button on your keyboard that will save your screen to an image on your desktop. Sometimes it's abbreviated on your keyboard like "Prnt Scrn".

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Hi David, Making things collapsible would definitely help squeeze things in. I've been thinking a lot lately about how to accomplish usability but still make it accessible for 99% of users. What I worry about is users who aren't familiar with modern UI elements like collapsible elements on a page not knowing that there is more information behind a click of an expand button. I guess if we made anything collapsible expanded by default then we might avoid that problem.. hmmm..

Here's an example of I imagine clicking on a table of contents might behave. Check out http://rasantiago.com/ and click on "solutions" at the top. It will scroll you down the page to the Solutions section of the page. What do folks think about the table of contents scrolling down with the user? Does that sound confusing or helpful?

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@Dorn Is this fixed? If not then I'm not understanding your description correctly.

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Just added these to the Stages vocabulary and added this as help text for that field on tools. Check it out http://dev.farmhack.gotpantheon.com/node/add/opentools-tool.

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Yay! Nice icon.