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Going Online :-)

As you have already seen, we have a host now with a first short introduction for the new site. Don’t bother about details now (the link is now blue), I had only very few time available and in my ecstasy I wanted to show you something already running. For a computer scientist, an automatic web-editor, as it is available on our host, is sometimes quite confusing. I do not like these automatisms. However, in let’s say two weeks, I will have set up a first version of our new site and will not require such an editor to do that.As a first step I would like to set up a technical beta version with the following purposes:

  • Debugging: I have a more than 40 years of practical experience with IT-projects and I am sure that there will be some bugs in my code. It will be the task of some dedicated test users (you?) to help me finding these bugs.
  • Parametrization: Setting all the parameters of the site by the super-administrator.
  • Completion: Many details are not yet ready: Logo, introducing text, texts in emails, etc. During the technical beta, the site should be completed for takeoff.
  • Organization: During this phase, the first organization should be prepared (administrators, moderators, ?).

During his phase, new registrations will be prohibited, only test users will have access to the site. However, the site will be visible from outside (which could be some advertising?).  I could also place it at a secret place known only to the test users. I could also exclude robots (Google etc.) from the site during this run. Note: There will be a (small) probability that the content of the site at the end of this phase has to be deleted. This could only happen if tables in tha database would have to be altered, so the risk is small.

In order that we are able to organize the technical beta, please contact Dilaton if you are interested to participate. We will contact you with details for the registration, as soon as the site is up.

I will finance the hosting of our site for a while. However, we should also start to think about the responsibility for the site. Actually, I am the only one that is no more anonymous, because according to ICANN I had to provide my complete contact data. So, from a legal point of view, at the moment I am the only one who is responsible for the content of this site. I would not like to stay alone in this position. At least at the end of the beta phase, we should have some regulation (legal notes, about us, etc ?) about this subject. Has somebody alrady thought about that?



Admin Dashboard Settings: Part 4 – Some more “General” Customisation

Some Sort of a “Follow – Up” to Part 1 of Admin Dashboard settings.

  • Provide a Feedback Page?

    Unnecessary, in my opinion, since we have a meta.

  • Logo
    I don’t know, but here’s my proposal:

    Stacked Branes (BPS Overflow)

    Any objections? Or here’s an other one:

    Untitled (21401236432141569807312.041)

    Or any other proposals?

  • Custom HTML in Side Bar

    Already discussed

  • Other Custom HTML?

    I don’t exactly have an idea for these, but Q2A allows one to add custom HTML in the Side Bar, the Side Panel, the Top, the Bottom, the Head, and an option to add some meta tags.

    I suppose the head will mean basically the MaThJaX script, and the meta tags would be the tags used for things like Google site verification, etc. …

  • Widgets

    There are some widgets allowed by Q2A. Namely, “Recent Activity” (I think this is a nice feature to attract new users. Also, if I am not wrong, it increases SEO if you put it at the top of the side panel, or something/where like that ), “Ask Box” (may be a good idea to increase the number of inflowing questions), “Related Questions” (as on SE, a very nice feature), “Basic Ad Sense” (I don’t know what it is, but on the demo sandbox, it just “ad”ds a big space or gap at the top of each page.) and “Tag Cloud” (a good idea for new users to quickly get what is the scope of the site)

Ok, that’s it for this post, and I think the next post should be about the “Posting” Settings.

About importing data dumps, and attribution (the script that AWB runs on may help us solve a couple of things)

(Note to users who are a bit confused: Dilaton has just made me an author on this blog, which explains how I am posting this)

To have a good base of posts, we will likelily be importing two sets of data dumps from Stack Exchange:

  1. The entire Theoretical Physics Stack Exchange (TP.SE) data dump
  2. Part of the Physics Stack Exchange (Phys.SE) data dump

The first is very easy, in that we don’t need to worry much about anything. As  mentioned here and here, one simply needs to add a link to the closed SE beta page on Area 51 Stack Exchange (/A51.SE).

The TP.SE proposal

Also, there are only 413 questions from TP.SE, whereas I have estimated that there are around 4335 possibly interesting questions from Physics.SE.

To attribute posts from Physics.SE, however, we need to provide:

  • The link to the question on Physics.SE
  • The link to the OP’s user profile on Physics.SE
  • A note indicating that the question is from Physics.SE

At least that’s how we are told to interpret CC-by-SA.

I’d also think that (not for legal-reasons, but to just attribute the effort by editors) it is important to attribute the editors, but not give links to their profile.

Now, I made query using Data Stack Exchange (Data.SE), and there happen to be 12054 interesting questions.

However, luckily for us, there is a lot of double – counting, so using an existing query, it appears that each question has approximately an average of 2.78 tags, so I estimate that we will be importing around 4336 interesting questions from Phys.SE.

Now, I think it is totally impractical for us to go about manually tagging all the posts with the right attributions.

So, we’d need a script to help us tag all imported questions as such.

I think that the next important post would be to discuss the different settings to enable on the Admin Dashboard of the site.