[geeklog-devel] GSoC 2010 is on

Joe Mucchiello joe at ThrowingDice.com
Mon Feb 15 15:42:38 EST 2010

At 02:12 PM 2/15/2010, Dirk Haun wrote:
> >2. Ok so now we have friends, what does a typical Geeklog webmaster want
> >their users to be able to do with friends?
>And I think if someone comes up with an answer to this, it could become
>an interesting project.

It might be better to negate this question: What does a typical 
Geeklog webmaster NOT want their users to be able to do with friends? 
I'm sure some sites would disable the friend code in its entirety but 
what about partial implementations? Calendar events for private 
groups would be great and it would be something a webmaster might 
want to disable. Links only my friends can see? Also something 
someone might want to disable. Etc. Basically the real question is 
how will friends be useable and how do you make it easy for the admin 
to disable one or more of these things.

The current problem is that it isn't possible to hook into the 
permissions system currently to add friendship lists to the system. 
Once that ability exists, every subsystem will need to determine "is 
this something individual users should be able to add to their 
profile?" Currently Geeklog is very admin oriented. You give discrete 
abilities to a select few chosen people and they then pontificate to 
your users. Social networking turns that on its ear. They are all 
about allowing users to talk to other users without some 
administrator vetting the content.

Personally step 1 doesn't sound like a GSOC project. It sounds like 
something done by (or for) the team and integrated into a new version 
of Geeklog and left turned off when first released. Then you can have 
GSOC projects for integrating existing (and new) systems with the new 
friend capabilities. It's kind of a chicken and egg issue. You can't 
add friend capabilities to things without core support and adding 
core support for friends is useless if nothing uses that support.

Joe Mucchiello
Throwing Dice Games

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