[olug] Perl/PHP/SQL/HTML gurus

T. J. Brumfield enderandrew at gmail.com
Mon Mar 22 02:05:11 UTC 2010

Wow. There are lot more Drupal mods these days, and Drupal has come
along quite a bit. Someone also started on a Slashdot-style comment
section with Slashdot-style moderation for Drupal.


There is no meta-moderation, and I'm not seeing limits on who gets
moderation points, or how many.

I'd still have to work to further integrate the moderation points into
the phpbb/forum portion. But right now, this is looking like the best
place to start for the CMS/portal portion.

I know just the basics of PHP, so I'd still love some help from some
more talented web-monkeys if anyone is interested. But I can probably
plod through looking at various phpbb and Drupal mods to see what
functionality already is out there today.

-- T. J.

On Sun, Mar 21, 2010 at 8:38 PM, Sam Tetherow <tetherow at shwisp.net> wrote:
> Have you looked at drupal as an alternative for the site?
>        Sam Tetherow
> T. J. Brumfield wrote:
>> I'm looking for a few web gurus who would be interested in working on
>> an open-source project.
>> The end goal is to develop a Slashdot-style portal where stories
>> appear on the front page, but also to provide a full integrated forum
>> as well where end-users can create threads of their own as well.
>> Obviously, I'm going to start with a LAMP stack, but I see two primary
>> ways of going about this.
>> 1 - Start with slashcode (the code that powers Slashdot written in
>> Perl). I'd want to customize that a bit to add Lightbox support for
>> image links, and perhaps add some AJAX/HTML5 sexiness. I don't believe
>> anyone has ever integrated it with phpbb, so we'd have to get phpbb to
>> read the slashcode user tables for login purposes, and to read
>> karma/moderation statistics. Ideally, I want to carry over the
>> slashcode-style moderation into the forum, where users can use
>> moderation point to mod posts up or down there as well.
>> 2 - Start with Wordpress (written in PHP), which has tons of existing
>> themes and extensions to customize most of the functionality and
>> appearance how I want. (I'll probably need to start with wordpress-mu
>> to have different categories set up as different blogs with full
>> subdomains, and then aggregate them at one primary portal). But that
>> means developing the Slashcode-style moderation from scratch. However,
>> there is existing code to integrate wordpress and phpbb.
>> With either approach, I want the theme of the main portal to dip into
>> some of the lovely features HTML5/canvas provides to encourage people
>> using the site to use modern browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari,
>> etc. Even IE9 would be fine when it is released.
>> The whole project would be open source, probably releasing individual
>> extensions for Wordpress/phpbb/slashcode separately, as well as the
>> whole integrated project.
>> I don't have much cash to hire developers outright at the moment, so
>> I'm hoping to appeal to fellow open source advocates. However, if I
>> get one (or a few) developers who crank out the majority of the code
>> to make this happen, I'd gladly make them co-owners in the resulting
>> site I plan to build on top of the codebase. There is zero guarantee
>> said site will become profitable, but it is better than nothing.
>> -- T. J. Brumfield
>> "I'm questioning my education
>> Rewind and what does it show?
>> Could be, the truth it becomes you
>> I'm a seed, wondering why it grows"
>> -- Pearl Jam, Education
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