Forum .LRN Q&A: New .LRN Web Site

Posted by Alfred Essa on
We plan to launch the new .LRN web site by the end of the week. Can you please look at the "home page" and send me comments on the content? The other sections are being worked on as we speak.

Carl B. and Dave K. are working feverishly on the back end side. Please note that the correct pages are on port 8000, not port 80.

Thanks in advance.

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Posted by Lars Pind on
Looks very good. Thanks for doing this.

I'd say kill the "News" part, use weblogger instead (but you can call it "News"), and syndicate that on the front page.

You don't need both, and blog is the 'modern' way of doing this.


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Posted by Nima Mazloumi on
Great site. Just a thought on the design...Please make sure that you don't breach the copyright of for the list on the left side.
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Posted by Jeff Davis on
ala says:
Free source
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Posted by Oliver Emmler on
I like it, it's great.
I felt familiar immediately with the site.
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Posted by xx xx on
Congratulations, it is very pleasant. The clean clear content is wonderful. I appreciate the focus on the "complete learning environment". The colors are nice, especially the orange in contrast with the blue. Also, don't lose the pictures of people on the homepage, which make the appearance friendly and personal.

Some suggestions:

  • The blue color of the top bar is rather strong, I would experiment to make it more inviting.
  • I agree, the weblog could replace the news.
  • The pages suffer from a "flash of unstyled content" due to @import. Try to add a LINK or STYLE element.
  • I guess there is no need for the double (triple) "home" on the homepage and probably "Partners&Users" could lose "product" from the navbar.
  • I would prefer adding the word "freeware" to the text. Many people google for "freeware". For example call .LRN "open source freeware".
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Posted by xx xx on
... not STYLE but SCRIPT element ...
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Posted by kenneth wyrick on
It's my opinion that the color scheme clashes with the openacs website colors...the existing websites pallet is more earthy and reflects a more distinct there's something very artsy and nice about lower case lettering, especially on logos.


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Posted by Bruce Spear on
Good work!

What are the plans for content, and how might I/we contribute?

I'm thinking: if this is going to be the front door to institutions new to .LRN, isn't this where we assemble our marketing/presentation materials?  If so, I'd like to see an explanation of what makes .LRN .LRN. so I might refer to it every time I am asked for more information about it. I'm sure others have thought this question through already, so, let's hear it so we might start contributing.

For instance, I've finally gotten that video of Carl beaming into Berlin from Cambridge last October.  It has got to be one of the most compelling presentations around.  If others think it might be useful, I'd like to cut it up into downloadable pieces and make that available.

On that note, as a number of us have been making vision statements, and as these are about an open source community finding its way, and as this manner of collective work is central to .LRN's design and user/marketing advantage -- how might we find a way to get some of this onto this site?

Finally, as one of the resident photographers, I'd suggest we replace the photos of individual instructors -- which I think relevant to instructor-oriented lms systems -- with those showing group or community interaction.  I made a couple of photos showing group discussion in Copenhagen over the weekend, and which I'll put on line today.  I'm wondering if others have some images, and while we are at it, maybe forming an ad hoc image committee to collect such things.

I hope these comments may prove helpful!


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Posted by Bruce Spear on
Here's the link to my Bug Bash photos.

I hasten to add that I would not pretend to have made the best photos for our purposes.  My purpose here is to suggest the kinds of imagery that might better illustrate .LRN's strong communication and community orientation.

I would also suggest that our .LRN site illustrate and highlight the strength of our developer community, particularly as this developer community is one of our application's most valuable and marketable assets.  Hence, I have been seeking to make pictures that show us at work building software, friendships, and community.

All the best,

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Posted by Alfred Essa on
It's up: We will continue to make changes leading up to the Heidelberg conference. I want to thank Carl B. and Dave K. for all the continuing hard work. And Janine S. and Mark R. for installing the server.
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Posted by Alfred Essa on
Bruce, We would like to incorporate your pictures, but I can't seem to access your server. It's too slow?
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Posted by Nima Mazloumi on
Looks great but the page is not displayed correctly under IE 6.0. The text in the center overlaps with that of the navigation on the left.
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Posted by Bruce Spear on
I've sent Al the photos: I got firewalled out of my old ports and will get a new virtual server system set up soon and will post the new links here asap.


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Posted by Alfred Essa on
Bear with us. A number of people are working simultaneously on the web site and we need to achieve some standardization.
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Posted by Jarkko Laine on
Is there a reason for the "Weblog" still being on the site? I see that you incorporated Lars' idea to make the news a blogger instance, but the other "Weblog" is still cluttering the navbar.

Otherwise the site looks really great. Congrats!

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Posted by Carl Robert Blesius on
(closing open blockquotes from post above)

It is really cool to have dotlrn running on .LRN :-)

Thanks for the feedback, have been fixing one thing at a time ( I think David and I fixed the IE 6.0 problem a little while ago) and preparing for the .LRN meeting coming up in Heidelberg.

The reason there is a weblog link "cluttering" the navbar is because I want to have a .LRN group weblog running on the site. It will not be empty for long. The "news" weblog will have a different audience than the ".LRN community weblog" (which is why we need two - unless someone wants to hack together per-category feeds ;-) )

Constructive input on what kind of stuff we should be talking about in that weblog (or draft posts) are welcome.

We also have the /dotlrn part of the site we have to carefully think about (I want to avoid spreading the community out in subgroups).

Right now the focus is to make sure the site hums, starting "the big marketing push", and get the consortium info together and posted so we can get feedback before the Heidelberg meeting.

It is really cool to start see thing roll (we have all been pushing for a long time)!

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Posted by Andrew Grumet on
I think David and I fixed the IE 6.0 problem a little while ago
Looks good!