You have a Blog!!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by melbo, Oct 20, 2007.


  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Many of you have noticed the red link at the top of the page.
    This was added a few days ago and appears to be functional. The format is alright and the features are similar to the forum and fully integrated.

    Seacowboys and Monkeyman have been blogging on separate Monkey sites we set up earlier this year. The problem was that I had to manually update these areas and I got the fun job of moderating all the Spam comments.

    Blog is short for Web Log, which started as a sort of online journal. Many people have asked me what the purpose is since we already have the forum. It's a lot like the Wiki we tried to set up at some point, (Now defunct). A user can keep a continuous thought without interruption.

    From vBulletin:
    and
    Each of you now has a blog that you can use or not use. Enter the blogs and you have the option to read, comment, or post to your own. It's pretty self explanatory. You can also find your blog info in your user CP, and by clicking on other users profiles within forum posts. If you look at this post, you'll see a blog link to the far right of my avatar.

    Some here will love this new feature and I expect may become prolific with the new posting freedom. To each their own. This blog system is very new to vBulletin software and I expect a few of the features to get better. I'd like to see the link for each personal blog to be a little simpler than this one, mine:
    Code:
    http://www.survivalmonkey.com/forum/blog.php?u=3
    I'd rather it be survivalmonkey.com/forum/melbo . But that is planned in coming releases.

    Post any questions or feedback here and I'll get to them as soon as I can.

    thanks

    melbo
     
  2. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Re: Blogs

    Very cool, I had been poking around in there just a few minutes ago.

    One question.

    I noticed this option......
    Spam Prevention
    In order to reduce the amount of spam on your blog the administrator has provided the option to provide an Akismet key.


    Is this where somebody has to type in some letters they see before a comment will be accepted?
     
  3. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Re: Blogs

    I'm not sure yet. But, only registered users can post comments so I don't think we'll have too much of a problem. I think you are talking about those graphical letters and numbers? I think that is called captcha. Not sure what Askimet is. If we start getting lots of spam, I'll fix it.

    Also, Mods,
    Are you able to edit blog posts and play with the features of others blogs? If not, I'll need to set that permission.
     
  4. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    Re: Blogs

    "Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You need a WordPress.com API key to use it."
     
  5. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Re: Blogs

    I did a test edit on one of RH's tests. Seems to work.
     
  6. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Re: Blogs

    Bear in mind, folks, that anyone, members and guests, can read what you write. Might be a good idea to remember personal security when posting.
     
  7. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Re: Blogs

    Good point G. I can close down unregistered views if needed. THough that doesn't really add any more security. I think everyone should have a piece of masking tape across the top of the monitor with this written on it:

    "You sure you want the world to read this? If so hit enter"
     
  8. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Re: Blogs

    I see some nice activity so far. Thanks for your contributions.
    Have fun!
     
  9. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    SM now has 8 bloggers!!!!
    Do we have any others that like to write?
    If anyone has any trouble getting in or creating the blog entry, please PM me and let me know.

    melbo
     
  10. wildernessgal

    wildernessgal Backwoods is a callin'

    THANKS, I am really enjoying it! :)

    Wildernessgal
     
  11. wildernessgal

    wildernessgal Backwoods is a callin'

    And as per usual, I **always** have personal security in mind when on ME OL' BLOGGIE, or on-line. Good idea to post (a reminder), as some may not be thinking about that.

    GREAT GREAT IDEA , which will only make THE MONKEY (<--S.M.) even better! ;)

    ~W~
     
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