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Functionality

Required

Desired

Not Necessary

Notes

Software installed on our server (vs. remote hosting)

 

AB,EM, MC

 

Elliot, your thoughts? – smw
Local hosting is desired on my part. The requirements will inform what is possible (i.e. if a vendor can't support one of our requirements, then we'd need to host locally)

Can assign categories to posts

AB, EK, EM, MC

 

 

Who would do the assigning? – smw

Ability for a post to belong to multiple categories

 

EM, SMW, AB, MC

 

 

Readers can post comments

AB SMW!. EK,EM

MC

 

I should think one of the great benefits of this would be hearing what people have to say. I'd worry more about not getting any comments --smw

Login required in order to post comments

 

EM, MC

AB, EK

I'm not sure about this; don't want to make it unnecessarily hard to post comments
Comment spammers will post to unauthenticated comment forms filling you up with spam. Logins will help prevent that.

Ability to use a Captcha in order to post comments

 

EM, AB, MC

 

I'd hesitate to make this a required but to me it is highly desireable. People can post comments without logging in. Downside may be accessability issues (but perhaps there's a way to degrade gracefully).

Moderated comments

 

AB, EM SMW, EK, MC

 

Maybe need to moderate initially and evaluate later?
* If the goal is to have an information exchange, versus an information push, my feelings are that moderation impedes exchange. That said, it may be useful depending on the goal of the blog. Related to above: (IMHO) nothing will impede commenting more than the lack of instant gratification a person feels when seeing thier comment up there right away.
* Could we let people post what they want but still keep the ability to delete if necessary? Ours is an unfortunately litigous society. We'd have to figure out whose responsibility it is to watch.-- smw
* Would definitely agree that moderation would impede exchange. Casting another vote for unmoderated posting with ability to delete if necessary.
* I've moved my initials from "required" to "desired" for this one... I don't think we necessarily need moderation if other approaches (e.g., captcha, ability to delete posts if necessary) are available to us. -AB

Archiving

AB, EK, EM, MC

 

 

What is meant by archiving?
* What I mean by archiving in this context is just the basic ability to go back and find older posts by date and/or category. I'm not thinking about IR stuff at this point. Do we need to?

Search

AB SMW, EK,EM

 

 

 

Support Syndication

AB,EM, MC

 

 

(Was: RSS 2.0 - supports enclosures) Could be RSS, Atom, or both. Atom is an IETF spec. RSS is kind of whatever.

Support Podcasts

AB

EM, MC

 

Can we just say supporting podcasts is a requirement? If so, what is meant by "support". RSS 2.0 enclosures may be a requirement.
* I'd like to use the blog feed to syndicate our podcasts. I'm not familiar with Atom; only know that for RSS you need 2.0 for podcasts (because it handles enclosures).

Multiple feeds for different categories

 

AB

MC,EM

This is something we prob. need to discuss: multiple feeds vs. multiple blogs?

Ability to syndicate comments

 

EM SMW, MC

 

On the lower end of desireable, bordering on not necassary. Posts that touch off a hot-button issue may produce lots of comments, and an easy way to keep up to date is to subscribe to the comment feed for that particular post.

Has an API for publishing and retrieving content

EM, MC

SMW

 

What if we want to pull the blog posts into a repository for preservation? Also, using an HTML form to author blog posts has downsides. It's much nicer to use a desktop application to author the post and then publish it to the blog without interacting with the HTML forms. Although in general I think an API is a good thing.

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  1. Unknown User (mcreech2)

    Andi,

    Elliot and I met to discuss the requirements list that you have compiled. We both have some questions regarding what is meant by some of the requirements. We will add an individual comment to this page for each requirement, as necessary. When responding to the questions, make sure you respond to the comment and don't add another new comment. Let me know if you don't know what I mean.

    Mike