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  • 1. reCycld A portal for recycling crafters Mithat Konar 14 Jan 2009
  • 2. reCycld Rationale Development Implementation Looking forward Description
  • 3. Description
  • 4. Description • reCycld A self-consciously Web 2.0 working name for a community-oriented portal dedicated to facilitating the crafting of recycled materials.
  • 5. Rationale
  • 6. Rationale • Any reuse/repurposing/recycling (RRR) of materials • keeps it out of landfills • limits loss of value and value-added attributes of the materials • Encouraging this is reCycld's most obvious purpose.
  • 7. Rationale • Additional goals • Underscoring the practicability of RRR • Underscoring the value left in RRR materials • Promoting cottage industries for trading in crafted RRR products and raw materials • Inspiring larger industries to use RRR materials
  • 8. Development
  • 9. Development • Activity analysis led to an interaction paradigm that I am calling social blogging.
  • 10. “One-to-many” The classic Web
  • 11. “Many-to-one-to-many” Classic blogging
  • 12. “Many-on-many” Social networking
  • 13. “Many-on-many” Social networking
  • 14. “Many-to-one-to-many-to-many” Social blogging
  • 15. Development • User analysis revealed a need for simplicity over flexibility. • inclusion
  • 16. Development • Context analysis revealed a need for strong community-supported infrastructure. • The intent is for reCycled to be self-maintaining and community-driven. • Proprietary and non-libre solutions are incompatible with this aim.
  • 17. Implementation
  • 18. Implementation • Ideally, design decisions alone would dictate technological infrastructure. • However, • This project needed to be implemented in a short time frame • The result must be entirely community supportable • Rules out custom-coded portal infrastructure
  • 19. Implementation • Best approach: adapt a mature, community-supported CMS framework. • WordPress-MU • Multiple-user version of WordPress platform • Designed to host several blogs under one domain/install • Requires expansion and modification
  • 20. Implementation • WordPress-MU adaptation • Using a variety of plugins and extensions • Many have been significantly modified for use here • All have good community support • No Flash® • Flash® <> libre
  • 21. Implementation • “Socialization” • Platform was adapted to a community-oriented social-blogging site
  • 22. Implementation • Entry page • Slideshow4 • Links to new member pages5 • Links to new members6
  • 23. Implementation • Within member pages • Links to “friends”7
  • 24. Implementation • UI simplification • Default WordPress UI can be daunting to new users. • Several approaches taken to simplify UI •Drop-down menu navigation1 •Dashboard simplification2 •Disabling theme and plugin selection3 •Miscellaneous internal configurations
  • 25. Implementation • Other UI improvements • Shadowbox.js8 •Lightweight alternative to Lightbox
  • 26. Implementation • Themes • The reCycld experience is defined as having a central entry point from which the users can explore and discover community content. • Both the central entry point and member sites are based on a blogging paradigm.
  • 27. Implementation • Themes • Needs: •Distinguish between central entry point and member sites •Family resemblance between central entry point and member sites •Lightweight for low-bandwidth connections • Themes adapted from community-supported Blass9
  • 28. Looking forward
  • 29. Looking forward • Hosting • Host must be willing to offer large and scalable storage (~1 GB per 100 members) • Able to provide full domain hosting, a complete AMP stack, and SMTP services. • Development hosting at http://mkonar.selfip.com/recycld
  • 30. Looking forward • Expansion • Increase inter-connectivity (“socialization”) • e-Commerce • Translation
  • 31. Notes 1 Lighter Menus. WordPress plugin, online, <http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/lighter-admin-drop-menus/> (13 January 2009). 2 Simple Dashboard. WordPress-MU plugin, online, <http://wpmudev.org/project/simple-dashboard> (13 January 2009). 3 Plugin Commander. WordPress-MU plugin, online, <http://wpmudev.org/project/Plugin-Commander> (13 January 2009). New Blog Defaults. WordPress-MU plugin, online, <http://wpmudev.org/project/New-Blog-Defaults> (13 January 2009). Toggle Admin Menus Sitewide. WordPress-MU plugin, online, <http://wpmu.org/toggle-admin-menus-sitewide/> (13 January 2009).
  • 32. Notes 4 Lazyest Gallery. WordPress plugin, online, <http://brimosoft.nl/lazyest/> (accessed 13 January 2009). 5 AHP Sitewide Recent Posts for WPMU. WordPress-MU plugin, online, <http://www.metablog.us/blogging/ahp-recent-posts-plugin-for-wordpres s-mu/> (13 January 2009). 6 Listem. WordPress-MU plugin, online, <http://wpmudev.org/project/Listem> (accessed 13 January 2009). 7 Friend-List. WordPress-MU plugin, online, <http://wpmudev.org/project/Friend-List> (accessed 13 January 2009).
  • 33. Notes 8 Shadowbox JS. WordPress plugin, online, <http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/shadowbox-js/> (accessed 13 January 2009). 9 Blass. WordPress theme, online, <http://1000ff.de/wordpress-theme-blass-english-version/> (accessed 13 January 2009).