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tigtog (aka Viv) is the founder of this blog. She lives in Sydney, Australia: husband, 2 kids, cat, house, garden, just enough wine-racks and (sigh) far too few bookshelves.

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  1. tigtog
    tigtog at |

    If someone has a great idea about the CMS, I could always create a subdomain here at HAT for it – or something similar.

  2. tigtog
    tigtog at |

    P.S. Looking into free, although it could work using info pages and tagged posts it’s a lot of work for admins. There’s a solution someone used on an earlier version of self-hosted WP, using the existing WordPress commentor registration feature hacked to form a membership directory, and using announcements of new members to activate their profile page.

    to build this community

    There’s probably a more elegant way to do it in WordPress by now, but I’m not necessarily wedded to WordPress if something else will do the job even better.

  3. Deborah
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    I’d be happy to help, ‘though my computing skills are limited to a tiny bit of html, and even the letters CSS make me feel nervous. But I could do adminny / approving / co-ordinating stuff, especially as I have no usable skills of my own to offer (unless anyone fancies a little existential chat).

  4. tigtog
    tigtog at |

    Thanks, Deborah. Admin/approval/coordination stuff will be something best shared between a few people, so that there’s less delay when some of us get busy, so the more the merrier!

  5. meloukhia
    meloukhia at |

    I just want to say, even though I have no suggestions, that this is a rad idea. (I am thinking of something like SheSource?

  6. The Amazing Kim
    The Amazing Kim at |

    I think it’s a brillopants idea, though I’m not much good at admin. There’s a similar but simpler thing on Shakesville which I’m sure you’ve seen – every once in a while there’s a thread for those who can provide services, and those who need some. An Australian version would be spiffy.

  7. Liam
    Liam at |

    Surely a wiki would be a better solution for this kind of thing? Better than WP for delegation of permissions, in any case.

  8. tigtog
    tigtog at |

    Could well be the go, Liam – but how well does a wiki handle people posting requests for particular goods/services? That would be the other side of the project – requests like Ariane’s posted so that they can get responses/quotes/recommendations.

  9. Liam
    Liam at |

    Hmmm. Perhaps a dedicated forum like phpBB would work better, with space as you say for work wanted requests and skills available notices?

    Having had a quick look at meloukhia’s shesource link, something of that nature would suit a more powerful CMS like Drupal fairly well, without having to hack or improvise as in your wpdesigner link—you could set it up relatively quickly with existing modules. Expression Engine is another I’ve heard good things about.
    Anyway, so as not to clog up your thread, you have my email.

  10. Mindy
    Mindy at |

    Happy to do admin type things. Always happy to be a reader of things.

  11. tigtog
    tigtog at |

    Trying out a simple forum, which can have other features added as time goes by if it appears useful.

    Take it for a test run:

  12. su
    su at |

    I can help with admin stuff too if need be. My only experience of the kind was as a spam guard person on a forum that was vulnerable to mass spam attack but I’m sure I can learn if you need another person.

    I love the idea.

  13. Ariane
    Ariane at |

    I’ll stick my hand up to help with the admin. I’ll go check out test run.

  14. tigtog
    tigtog at |

    OK, have added the volunteer admins who have registered at the new forum to the admin roster there. Thanks for sticking your hand up!

  15. Jo Tamar
    Jo Tamar at |

    Great idea – and looks great! Thanks!

  16. Rebekka
    Rebekka at |

    I’ve added my skillz!

  17. Ariane
    Ariane at |

    This is awesome – Reebkka I don’t have a need for your skills right at this moment, but I’ve thought about it before, and I’ve no doubt it will come up again – now I know where to look!

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