Originally Published: Monday, 4 October 1999 Author: Trae McCombs
Published to: Headline News/Community Page: 1/1 - [Std View]

Moving forward from here...

Here are some of my thoughts as to where Linux.com will be going in the near future. Let us know what you think!

When I was given Linux.com to create something from it, I had no idea what I was getting into. I debated hard on what to do, and well I eventually let my wonderful staff guide me with ideas as far as what to do on the site.

Now, its been 5 months since we first opened our doors and we are finally getting close to where I think we should be.

There are several things I'd like to propose to the community in general, and now that we have comments I can finally get some public feedback on what you guys think.

What do you think about the Community banners on Linux.com? And who should receive them? What sort of features are missing on Linux.com that you feel should be here? Are we an open enough site? I'll give you my take on these questions, and then I'd be glad to hear from you all.

Banners: I think the community banners are great, but I have a small problem; people seem to think every single Web page should get a banner. I personally believe that we should only support major community projects. By doing this we make sure that the quality of sites that people go to off of the banners are high. If we just include every Joe Blow's site that simply includes LinuxToday and Slashdot headlines, then I think we detract from what the banners are supposed to symbolize. (Not that there is anything wrong with LT and /. I have a representative from both on our Advisory Board ;). Who should receive these banners? Well, as I stated above, I think bona fide Open Source projects for Linux should be allowed. I also want to create a Banner Committee that consist of people from the community to sort of give advice on whether they think a site should have banner rights or not.

Features: We are working hard to bring in new sections, such as Hardware, Games, etc... It takes a while to get a new project off the ground especially when the people that are in charge of the project are volunteers. Do you think the sections are rich enough with content? Are they helpful? I know our links section basically sucks. We've been trying to get this under wraps for a while. If you have any time and want to help out on the links... ;) What do you think about the new comments system? The way it works is this; You post a comment and it goes to a waiting pool | Then the moderators check to make sure its not a stupid post | Then if it is a good (meaning not foul language or just plain FUD), it gets posted. Even past this, there is a "highlighting" feature, where we can push peoples' comments out to the front page so that good comments can get rewarded by being given exposure directly to the community! No one, to my knowledge, is doing this.

Openness: The number of people we have working on our site is increasing. We seem to have hit somewhat of a slowdown here recently, and I don't know exactly what is causing it. Do you feel its easy enough to be a part of the site? We do need a team of people that basically do nothing but sit and monitor the Volunteer apps and help guide these incoming personale to the projects they want to work on. With the scale of things we want to do on this site, Its going to get harder and harder to place people as time goes on. Hopefully we can scale up to the amount of people that want to participate on the site. :)

Well, I guess that's enough to babble about. I'll try and get more thoughts like this out so that people can put in their 2 cents worth.

Thanks for listening, and I look forward to hearing your views, Yours, Trae McCombs Linux.com -- Site Manager