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mnkeybsness
Feb 15, 2004, 04:58 PM
It has come to my attention that there is a pretty small group here on MacRumors that follows the Web Design and Development section on a daily basis. We are all busy people, but want to take time to learn more...

Everyone has at least one thing that they are really good at... design, coding, back-end, navigation, usability, comedy, news, etc...

well here's my proposal:
I would like to get a group of 5-10 people from MacRumors only, from users that navigate to this thread, and no referrals. You may be asking what I have in mind for a site - the answer is, I have a lot of different, random ideas, but I would rather have a group that makes a decision on it based on the group interests. This could be a one-time thing with the development of one random site for fun, or an on-going project that could expand into a full-fledged popular site. The possibilities are pretty endless.

Who is with me in wanting to work with other people collaboratively and learn more about web design and development?

Also, what skills do you feel you would be best at contributing, and what skills would you like to learn more about?

Rower_CPU
Feb 15, 2004, 07:09 PM
I'd be willing to chip in a bit, as time permits.

I'll be scarce this upcoming week/weekend, but after that I'll have some time.

[edit - Forgot to list my possible contributions and interests:
(X)HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL
Navigation/Usability
Graphic design ]

mnkeybsness
Feb 15, 2004, 07:39 PM
I guess I should reply to my own...

I would like to contribute creativity in the design, layout, color scheme, and graphics.

I would like to learn more about coding and back-ends with php and mysql.

whocares
Feb 15, 2004, 07:51 PM
It could be fun.
But as Rower says, as time permits. I have quite a bit o'work for the next month :mad:

I have basic HTML/CSS/PHP/MySQL skills and would like to improve my knowledge.

I also know my way around Photoshop and Illustrator.

I'd be happy to chip in on code, contents and graphics...


[edit: typos. Don't count on me for spelling!]

[edit some more: I can also localize any content in French...]

ExoticFish
Feb 15, 2004, 10:53 PM
this sounds cool to me (as time permits like everyone else :) ) i'm learning and would love to contribute/learn more!

list of things i know to a degree

html
photoshop
css


list of things i know little but am learning

xhtml
php
SQL

sonofslim
Feb 16, 2004, 01:53 PM
sounds like it could be really interesting! i've always thought the web forum had one of the best micro-communities here, if you will. i actually get a little bummed when someone answers a question before i've had a chance to. (assuming it's something i know the answer to, of course.)

unfortunately, there haven't been a lot of php/mysql/general coding questions lately, which i guess is my strongest area. i'd be down to contribute in that aspect.

mnkeybsness, i'd like to hear some of your ideas.

Mr. Anderson
Feb 16, 2004, 02:25 PM
I have absolutely no time :D

But I do have a bunch of things in the works and being part of this group would help push me to get some of them done.

Count me in....

Flash
3D Flash
Design
Photoshop/Image Ready (all those damn 'tars....)
Interactive Stuff
Video
Animation

I've worked with Rower on a few things already and its been good so far - if this thing keeps its momentum it could be great :D

D

mnkeybsness
Feb 16, 2004, 03:28 PM
okay i would like to clarify some things on my little vision, so to speak...

this is by no means a project that i would expect anyone to put aside any of their current things. it's more of a spare time - fun - learning experience type project.

i don't want anyone to feel that one person is the head of the project... sure, maybe some will volunteer more responsibility than others and that's cool, but i want it to truly be a group work. i'm planning on setting up phpgroupware (http://www.phpgroupware.org) to help the entire process for organization and so everyone can keep tabs on eachother.

as a general idea, i, personally, would like to make some type of humorous site with lots of different content from all sorts of mediums... feel free to pitch more ideas... i will be contacting people that have expressed interest soon i hope... you can also try and catch me on ichat/aim...

mnkeybsness
Feb 16, 2004, 10:46 PM
I just had another idea.. for the benefits of the Mac community...

a site dedicated for tutorials and how-to's for all kinds of mac stuff... articles could be submitted by anyone and approved by a volunteer moderator staff...

whocares
Feb 16, 2004, 10:48 PM
That could be useful in that it could avoid people posting threads about problems/questions that have already been discussed/solved...

Then again, I don't think we want to be competing with MR too much ;)

Still, it's a good idea worth some reflexion...

ExoticFish
Feb 16, 2004, 11:06 PM
mnkeybsness, have you heard of http://www.macosxhints.com? sounds like what you were hinting at.

but whocares is right too that i don't think we should try competeing with MR.

but perhaps some sort of cross between the two, such as this:

i like http://www.macosxhints.com but have always found there site to not be very well organized (as with a lot of sites out there now)... perhaps a nice to look at and easy to navigate place where Mac users can come to find articles on tips and tricks for Mac and Mac-related things written by other Mac users. There could be a section for tips and tricks articles and say another for user asked questions.

another nice feature might be a live chat room of some sorts? i dunno, just throwing my tired cents out of the table.

krossfyter
Feb 17, 2004, 12:21 AM
Id be willing to give it a go if its a go you know.

My contribution with out a doubt would be the "artistic" side of the project. My strength is in art, theme, theory, concept etc. etc. I also have some strength in layout, color scheme and a good design sensibility. I know you said (mnkeybsness) that your strenghts or contributions would be generally in the same area so at least I can provide a second opinion in your area or some added help... whatever. Whatever the case I am willing to help out and I do need and want to learn site animation (flash) being that i've only had expierence with static web pages.

brianellisrules
Feb 17, 2004, 07:59 AM
seems cool, but I doubt I could contribute much, if anything.

mnkeybsness
Feb 17, 2004, 09:05 AM
Originally posted by brianellisrules
seems cool, but I doubt I could contribute much, if anything.

i hope you aren't doubting yourself there, brian... i was actually hoping that you would come along and join...

Mr. Anderson
Feb 17, 2004, 09:08 AM
Maybe focus on humor - and work the coding and art correctly to make it interactive. That way its not just a another tutorial site, but one with original content that people like to visit :D

And we could always have a "How'd we do that?" section....

D

mnkeybsness
Feb 17, 2004, 10:25 AM
krossfyter needs to clean out his PM box...

Mr. Anderson
Feb 17, 2004, 12:00 PM
so exactly how does the groupware work? I saw rower's comment on the wiki section, tried to add my own and got errors....

D

Rower_CPU
Feb 17, 2004, 12:07 PM
You gotta watch out for apostrophes and quotes. The software doesn't comment those out when it goes to insert them into the database, which causes the errors.

I PMed Paul about it.

mnkeybsness
Feb 17, 2004, 12:13 PM
Originally posted by Mr. Anderson
so exactly how does the groupware work? I saw rower's comment on the wiki section, tried to add my own and got errors....

D

did you fill in the summary of change?

perhaps i will upload the forums to the site... if they don't work, i'll just put phpbb back on... except i have no time as i am running late for class already and won't be around till about 11PM

Mr. Anderson
Feb 17, 2004, 12:23 PM
got it to work....used "I am" instead of "I'm".....:rolleyes:

D

trebblekicked
Feb 17, 2004, 12:29 PM
i'd be glad to kick in, but have nothing tech wise to offer. if you need vid, pshop or content(?), i'll offer my services...

krossfyter
Feb 17, 2004, 01:44 PM
my pm box is clean. sorry for the trouble.

kevin49093
Feb 17, 2004, 02:46 PM
I don't have many skills to add (basic html, photoshop, video), but do have a great interest in learning more! (css, php, and everything else...)

I do think a "How did we do that?" section would be a great thing. I know I would be checking it out quite often.

Mr. Anderson
Feb 17, 2004, 03:09 PM
Originally posted by krossfyter
sorry for the trouble.

yeah, always causing trouble now aren't you?

Now if we set up a art section, I think we should have some guidelines there - starting with Krossfyter is not allowed to post pics of his girlfriends :P

D

whocares
Feb 17, 2004, 03:22 PM
Originally posted by Mr. Anderson
yeah, always causing trouble now aren't you?

Now if we set up a art section, I think we should have some guidelines there - starting with Krossfyter is not allowed to post pics of his girlfriends :P

D

If it's ok to ask, what is wrong with Krossfyter's GF? :confused: :p :p

krossfyter
Feb 17, 2004, 03:31 PM
dont make me start man.


i can easily turn this thread into a thread you all would want to avoid.


;)

whocares
Feb 17, 2004, 03:39 PM
<OT>

-Krossfyter

I see you're in grad school in south(?) Texas. Which Univ?. I'm also in grad school in Texas - this is my last semester :D

</OT>

krossfyter
Feb 17, 2004, 05:30 PM
offtopic...

Why the armpit of Texas of course!... Kingsville.


Where you at?

whocares
Feb 17, 2004, 05:32 PM
Originally posted by krossfyter
Where you at?

<still OT - sorry>

God help me, Texas A&M :eek:

[Edit: just found out kingsville is part of TAMU. I guess there may be worse places than College Station... What's it like down there?]

</OT>

mrjamin
Feb 17, 2004, 05:37 PM
i'm up for it, time permitting.

I'm a PHP/MySQL ninja, also fluent in XHTML/XML/CSS but can't design to save my life!

I have a great idea for a site that could also earn us some money - it'd be a case of getting it set up and leaving it going. Its not even remotely mac based though.

Mr. Anderson
Feb 17, 2004, 05:53 PM
Originally posted by mrjamin
I have a great idea for a site that could also earn us some money

Money is good....so what needs to be done?

D

mrjamin
Feb 17, 2004, 06:03 PM
Originally posted by Mr. Anderson
Money is good....so what needs to be done?

D

i'd rather not post the details on here until we've got a set list of people contributing - i don't want people stealing my idea!

maybe if we had someone open a paypal account and anyone wanting in can contribute a bit - that way we can get a definitive list of people, and cash to cover set up

brianellisrules
Feb 17, 2004, 06:09 PM
Originally posted by mnkeybsness
i hope you aren't doubting yourself there, brian... i was actually hoping that you would come along and join...
*blushes*

Oh stop, you say that to all the cute young engineers slash wanna-be web designers....



OK, I'm in. I'd like to do some stuff with php and css and that sort of thing.

krossfyter
Feb 17, 2004, 07:03 PM
i wanna be a mod!


mod me baby. :p


sending you pms who cares.



im interested in hearing these secretive plans.



trust me i wont steal... im behind you all.

if you need some money for that proof ill bring it on.

rekoob
Feb 17, 2004, 08:33 PM
I'd be happy to contribute also.

mnkeybsness
Feb 17, 2004, 10:40 PM
alright i'm putting a halt on any more people jumping aboard... everyone that has expressed interest has or will have all the information needed.

ps if you didn't get the info, just pm, email, or catch me on ichat

mnkeybsness
Feb 17, 2004, 10:49 PM
just another note/question, as this looks like the best place to ask at the moment...

would phpbb be a little better/simpler setup for us... i have a feeling that all of these bugs and stuff are just going to distract from other things.

krossfyter
Feb 17, 2004, 11:11 PM
cool. how many peeps you've got so far?

mnkeybsness
Feb 17, 2004, 11:50 PM
10 or so

Rower_CPU
Feb 18, 2004, 12:23 AM
Originally posted by mnkeybsness
just another note/question, as this looks like the best place to ask at the moment...

would phpbb be a little better/simpler setup for us... i have a feeling that all of these bugs and stuff are just going to distract from other things.

I'd enjoy getting email notifications, so if phpbb can do that, great.

zync
Feb 25, 2004, 10:52 AM
Well, I would have offered art/design/photography/xhtml/css but since you're finished accepting that's cool....I have my own stuff to work on anyway....I was just interested in learning PHP/MySQL as that would help out IMMENSELY with my site....oh and I can spell like a mofo! :D

mnkeybsness
Feb 25, 2004, 03:27 PM
still waiting on three people to head over to the forums that i've set up for us instead of that buggy groupware... if you don't know the link, it's in the wiki on the groupware.

Rower_CPU
Feb 25, 2004, 04:44 PM
Sorry about that...I've been swamped lately. I'm good now, though. :)