[permaculture] Additional software I can add at ibiblio for our use as a companion forum with different and enhanced features- any interest?

LINDARAY at att.net LINDARAY at att.net
Wed Dec 16 12:33:21 EST 2009

I'm all for it- please do it! Sounds like a great way to clarify things and share information. I think it also would mean much less time spent explaining for you. :)

Thank you Larry :)!

Linda :)
-------------- Original message from "Lawrence F. London, Jr." <venaurafarm at bellsouth.net>: -------------- 

> I was reading yet another fascinating, absorbing machinist forum tonight 
> and thought to myself that gardeners, market farmers, small farmers and 
> permaculturists lack the kind of nice resources that machinists, pro or 
> home, use 24/7/365 and this is much needed. Now that out list is up to 
> about 923 members now might be a good time to add to this list a 
> different kind of forum, one where everything is organized by Subject, 
> then thread. Individual messages can have embedded urls which display 
> graphics and multimedia in real time as you read, without having to go 
> to another browser windor ot tab. 
> A quote from my post to Michael tonight about this, with links and examples: 
> \|/ 
> /|\ 
> I have a new idea for a permaculture and gardening/farming forum system 
> for us that I will pursue - see this URL to see what it is like and is 
> good for. This is a machinist site - they are an exceptionally nice, 
> considerate, polite and helpful community of self help folks - 
> impressive to say the lease - when I saw this I realized that there 
> isn't anything really like this for serious permaculture practitioners 
> and gardeners/smal & family farmers/market farmers: 
> http://www.homemodelenginemachinist.com/index.php 
> and a topic thread: 
> http://www.homemodelenginemachinist.com/index.php?topic=7364.0 
> What do you think about this for those of us in the permaculture list? 
> It would exist at ibiblio side by side with the Wiki and the 
> permaculture list as an alternative and companion. Its ability to create 
> discrete pages for each thread, with embedded graphics seems like a 
> not-to-be-without resource. 
> The software appears to be free and I could get it installed on ibiblio 
> without too much trouble. This is their website: 
> Simple Machines Forum 
> http://www.simplemachines.org/ 
> Is this worth doing and will enough of us use it to make it worthwhile? 
> Just think, create a new thread and that generates its own group of 
> pages. Each post in each thread can contain embedded graphics or other 
> media, i.e. videos, sound, etc. Login t your user account there, go to 
> the subject area of your choice, browse the topics being discussed, read 
> the ones that interest you and leave the rest; download and archive any 
> of this you want, complete with graphics. 
> Ex. a thread originates on pond building, lots of input from many users 
> with pics of their own work, followups, etc etc ad infinitum. A thread 
> can generate dozens of pages and can go on for years. Q&A on plants, 
> i.e. "what is this plant I found out back?'. What do varieties of 
> lupines look like. What is a typical root system for clover growing in 
> soil with a high rock powder component - pics ensue, discussion unfolds. 
> I think this would be much fun. Scans of drawings and blueprints, scans 
> of select pages of books and mags, legal of course. 
> I think this is a must have for us. What do you all think? 

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