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The Third Element
Post Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:50 am

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I bought a new plaything... www.ratemyunion.com

No don't click on it, nothing happens yet.

Siggy says "different" people are hiding over here in the Feedback and Support area. Not sure if I like that descriptor but, whatever.

Does anyone have an opinion about what software or web resource one would use to populate such a thing. I do not envision a Forum or chat blog thing, just a rating style website with perhaps a limited area to post comment, then some way to rate unions and their reps.

Any ideas would be helpful.

THX TTE

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Kelsey
Post Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 4:21 am
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I'm not sure if a dedicated ratings-oriented system exists; at least not out-of-the-box.

Have a browse through OpenSourceCMS.com and see if anything tickles your fancy. Chances are good that at least one of the (many) apps listed has a plugin or module or something that will do ratings but you might have to do a fair amount of research to find it.

My SO is heavily involved with one of the major CMS's. I'll ask her if she knows of anything suitable and post back.

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PhoenixIratus
Post Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 7:21 am

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Wow, Third Element, what a fantastic idea you have there. You've really hit on something.

'rate my teachers' has been around for a few years and, as far as I've heard, it's been wildly successful.

The stats on that site include over 11 million ratings.

The Canadian version is here - www.ratemyteachers.ca

The American version is here - www.ratemyteachers.com

Just imagine what a similar site for unions could do.

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SharynS
Post Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:05 am

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"Different" people?!?? Would all the people who constitute "Same" on this site please raise their hands...
Did I use the wrong adjective or did you use the wrong interpretation 3E. I guess we'll never know. What is important to note though, was I right or what eh! Very Happy

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Kelsey
Post Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:58 pm
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Here's a couple of plugins for Joomla:


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The Third Element
Post Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 5:20 am

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Well the first steps were taken, and I decided I will never be a Joomla programmer or anything remotely CMS. I just don't have the mind for it. Details like i-dotting and t-crossing are beyond me. Programmers are different than me, and power to them.

So, I have put the idea out for bid to some developers who are coming back all fluttery and excited, now I have to raise money to build the thing because I don't have 13,000 handy.

I really hope it does not die on the vine.

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Kelsey
Post Posted: Sun May 25, 2008 6:24 pm
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I will never be a Joomla programmer or anything remotely CMS.


Programming isn't required to use Joomla unless you intend to extend it or add functionality.

Also, whether you use a pre-built solution or have it custom made a CMS is exactly what you'll end up with.

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So, I have put the idea out for bid to some developers who are coming back all fluttery and excited, now I have to raise money to build the thing because I don't have 13,000 handy.


That sounds awfully high. What are the exact project details that people are bidding on?

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The Third Element
Post Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 4:39 am

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HIGH!!!?? that was the lowest! I got a "Somewhere just north of $70,000" from one guy.

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Kelsey
Post Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 6:30 pm
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It sounds like you need little more than a searchable encyclopedia with ratings and comments.

If that's the case it would be silly to pay someone to re-invent the wheel when there is a boatload of free software already available.

Have you looked at wikis? MediaWiki has both comments and ratings extensions available.

You could install, configure, and be adding content to it in a matter of hours.

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The Third Element
Post Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:36 pm

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Is that a break in the clouds i see.. blue sky?

I made a friend online who may help so I will send him these links and see if he can make lots of it.

I work a regular sort of job now so the hours to do this are harder to find.

Thanks for the tip, I may call on you some more. I hope this is what i need, I am pretty down about getting this done, it seemed like such a good idea.

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The Third Element
Post Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:48 pm

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That looks pretty much like what I had in mind. The part that remains a mystery to me is the installation and configuration part.

I have D/L'd the installation stuff and am looking it over. Thanks very much, you may be onto something here.

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Kelsey
Post Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 4:26 am
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Provided that your host meets the minimum system requirements installation is little more than filling out some fields on a web form.

The install guide is pretty comprehensive.

If you have any particular questions or concerns feel free to ask. I have more experience with this sort of stuff than I need.

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The Third Element
Post Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:14 am

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Feeling a bit humbled... okay... I know my host has the required substructure - PHP5, and getting it onto the site is now within my sphere of ability, but after that I am getting lost fast, but I learn pretty quick and this stuff seems to make more sense than the Joomla stuff.

Stay tuned Kelsey, I really appreciate your offer and may indeed have to touch with you about this. It definitely seems way shy of a $14,000 bill being asked though, as you suggested it would?

Onward... let's see what come of the next few days.

Thanks

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