[WF-Infra] Status on Web Migration.

Michael Miyabara-McCaskey mykarz at miyabara.com
Mon Oct 8 11:32:35 PDT 2001


Thank you for the thoughtful response. I also appreciate you jumping back
onto IRC on Saturday, and having a variety of dicussions with you.

Though Eidetic sounds great, I think I'm going to put this as a prority of
2. I had so much trouble the first month, just trying to figure out IRC
channels vs. Email Lists vs. Newsservers vs. Broken Email Search
Systems... etc... That'd like to make the experience for the next
person(s) who are interested in contributing to Worldforge a smoother

As such my priority 1 is going to be the website, layout, and
transition.  I have seen a response from Philippe Jadin.  That very well
reflects what I feel about the website as well... It's too complex and
not complex enough.

Don't mistake my intentions though, I'm here to play games... And I'd love
to be involved in any and all work on building the main server game engine
(STAGE), and I do have a bit of experience with PostgreSQL, so I'll
continue to read any and all emails to this distro, about it, and try and
help out as much as I can... Also I did get an account created on Victor
for me at the shell level and the PostgreSQL database level. So let me
know if you need anything.

On a side note, through I did get an account on victor, I am not added to
the "SUDOERS" file (I checked today).  So keep me posted if we need
another SysAdmin to help out doing tasks. (As I heard in IRC with you on
Saturday that we were losing one of the SysAdmins).

Thanks again for the help in "setting myself up" so I can be some help
here.  Now let's see what I can do.


P.S. I did join, @general @announce @server thanks for the
recommendation... As for the newsserver, it's useless to me during the day
as I can not get there from behind the firewall I'm at.  And though I can
get some IRC connections during the day, it's not in my best interest to
do so during standard business hours at my day job.  So hopefully email
will be the update method of choice.

On Sat, 6 Oct 2001, Bryce Harrington wrote:

> On Sat, 6 Oct 2001, Michael Miyabara-McCaskey wrote:
> > Bryce,
> > 
> > I've been attempting to find something useful to do, for a while now (about
> > 1 month now)... All I end up accomplishing is posting a lot of "Uhh is
> > anyone here" type of stuff to the INFRA channel on IRC...
> Okay, well stick with me and I can certainly keep you busy.  :-)
> > As for the question, I'm very good at doing HTML layout from a site level,
> > and documentation in general... Although I do not know what the "Eidetic"
> > team is... Sure!
> There's currently about half a dozen of us working on Eidetic.  I'm the
> principle coder and coordinator and am able to handle probably at least
> another half dozen at the least.  
> The objective for Eidetic is twofold:  To provide the dynamic web /
> database needs for WorldForge, and to help build the underlying database
> foundation for STAGE, the worldforge game server.
> > Although, to be honest, I'm looking to get some better organization, so I
> > can actually contribute.  I have a full time job, an off hours consulting
> > company, and a family of five... I do try and devote an hour or 2 per
> > weekday to Worldforge... but I can never find anyone on IRC when I'm on that
> > can give me any direction.
> Okay.  As a purty busy guy myself, you might have trouble finding me on
> IRC, but I try to be on about 8 hrs / day.
> > How are any status notifications going out now?  Should I be reading the
> > newsgroups?  
> I would strongly recommend subscribing to general@ and announce@ as a
> minimum.  Traffic load is low enough (unfortunately) that you have no
> worry about overloading your mailbox.  I do not use newsgroups but am to
> understand that it is a degree less reliable than the mailing lists.
> > I tried searching the email, but the search engine was down...
> It has been down for a long while, and evidently another area where
> sysadmin assistance is desperately required.
> > I tried looking at the new web site, but it's not easy to navigate through,
> > and it's very difficult to find out status of anything.
> Urk...  well that's bad that the new website is difficult to navigate
> through, since one of the _principle_ requirements and objectives for
> the new website was to IMPROVE the navigatability of the old site.  I
> think we could make use of your opinions and thoughts on navigation as
> we develop Eidetic, so that maybe we can allieviate these concerns.
> > I'm not trying to bitch, but I find it annoying that I've been trying to
> > devote time, and I can never accomplish actually contributing.
> *Nod* well it is a legitimate concern.  Half of the problem is that we
> lack sufficient coordinators to get you to find a place to apply your
> muscle. 
> Supporting Eidetic is my paid career through the Open Source Development
> Lab, as well as being my current primary focus here at WorldForge.  And
> it has a great deal of potential not only here at WorldForge but also
> with the Linux Kernel community (who will be using it for managing their
> automated testing programs).  So whatever lack of direction you're
> feeling currently shall be alleviated if you join me on Eidetic
> development.  
> The main objective with Eidetic right now is to set up a simple meeting
> management system, using the calendaring system coded by Jakub.  Nearly
> all of the code has been written for this - the current obstacle is just
> finding a machine with perl/apache/mysql properly set up for running
> Eidetic, that will allow us to get this application set up and working
> for WorldForge.  Once the meeting tool is set up and dependable, you can
> expect to see a number of database systems - including all of the hard
> work Bear has been doing with the Circe databse tables - up and running
> for use by Zzorn and others to fill in Dural data for Mason and other
> games. 
> Your one or two hours per workday can be put to *much* use here, and I 
> am very good at giving direction (ask anyone, and they'll affirm this
> truth) so let's try to get into contact, so that you can spend your
> limited time most productively.  
> Bryce
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