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Re: [Osdc-list] opensource.com/education planet



Whoa, that's pretty awesome.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Mel Chua" <mel redhat com>
To: "OSDC Education authors" <osdc-edu-authors redhat com>, osdc-list redhat com
Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:28:06 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: [Osdc-list] opensource.com/education planet

About 2 weeks ago, a few of us (myself, Jeff, Mary, Greg, Max, Karsten) 
kicked around the idea of a "newsroom draft" planet-style aggregator of 
author blog feeds. I took 5 minutes and threw a few author feeds 
together to see what that might look like for the education channel - 
it's kinda ugly, but it works.

http://blozilla.net/mels-opensourcecomeducation-newsroom_3843.html

To paraphrase Karsten: "This is a feed of individual opensource.com 
author blogs to gather some ideas around articles. Think of this as a 
pre-pre-pre-draft — like the whiteboard/corkboard of ideas in a newsroom."

This would *not* be on the front page of opensource.com - these blog 
posts aren't articles, they're not curated or polished. This would be a 
way for potential authors (and editors) to "overhear the conversation." 
The people who write for the edu channel also think about edu stuff all 
the time, we just don't necessarily filter a lot of what we're thinking 
into "oh, this would be good for osdc."

The way I see this working is that it would be linked to from 
http://opensource.com/participate, where people are already interested 
in "peeling back the hood" a bit. Approved authors for a channel could 
feed in (topical) posts from their existing blogs, and so the feed would 
be a gathering of thoughts the other authors are kicking around on a 
given topic, and we'd put a disclaimer at the top that this wasn't 
official opensource.com content, but more a "watching our (awesome) 
authors think out loud" thing.

(shamelessly cribbed from http://planet.sugarlabs.org/):

Planet Opensource.com/education is a collection of personal blogs by 
Education channel contributors to opensource.com. Our authors write 
about what excites them about open source and education; in the spirit 
of free software, we share and criticize—that is how we learn and 
improve and encourage participation by newcomers. Enjoy, and join the 
conversation.

And then perhaps the following conversations might ensue...

"Ooh, that would actually make a nifty article."
"Oh, I didn't think of that as an opensource.com article, you're right - 
can you help me rework it?"
"Wow, three posts on this topic in the same day by three different 
people. Let me ask the opensource.com authors list and see if we can get 
a summary article with all three perspectives."
"Hey, this is the sort of thing opensource.com authors talk about and 
how they share their ideas? That's not intimidating at all... I could do 
that, and write articles for opensource.com myself."

In terms of more formal implementation, there's a Drupal module that 
does the same thing: http://drupal.org/handbook/modules/aggregator, so 
this would be pretty easy to fold into the existing opensource.com site.

Thoughts? I find this valuable for myself, at least, to hear what other 
authors are thinking - in a way that automatically hits my inbox, 
instead of having to rely on people thinking to push emails to the 
osdc-edu-authors list on a topic.

Would others find this useful?

--Mel

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