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A K5 calendar.

By Apuleius in Meta
Tue Jan 09, 2001 at 01:44:36 AM EST
Tags: Kuro5hin.org (all tags)

I'm proposing a k5 section devoted to realspace events and arranged as a calendar rather than a Weblog (i.e. postings expire at the time the event happens). Each posting gives a date and time, there's a moderation system, and a public RSVP capability.

What I have in mind is to allow announcements of K5 latte à latte social events, et cetera. For an event to make it into the calendar, it should be proposed by a user, vetted by others, not removed for abuse by the trusted users, contain a date and time, and some pointers for people wanting more information. (Reasonable directions would also be good.) The comment section can allow people to make public RSVPs.

What do y'all thing?


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A K5 calendar. | 22 comments (10 topical, 12 editorial, 0 hidden)
Interesting idea (4.20 / 5) (#1)
by djkimmel on Mon Jan 08, 2001 at 08:33:49 PM EST

I'm not sure how well this would work for K5, but I can imagine that a lot of Scoop sites would benefit from this. I think that the world-wide nature of the K5 community would make this somewhat impractical, but for a Scoop site used by a local user's group (doesn't matter what really) this could rock.
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Nice idea, but... (3.83 / 6) (#5)
by sugarman on Mon Jan 08, 2001 at 09:39:38 PM EST

Having an article expire at event time would likely negate a lot of the discussion that would occur afterwards. There's only so much I can say about the Iron Chef Marathon until after I've seen it (or while it's going on).

Maybe have a different section for them to be posted ("Past Events") once the event has passed (natch). Upcoming stuff can still be in the queue, but the articles don't expire.


Run two stories, one pre- and one post- (4.00 / 3) (#6)
by vastor on Mon Jan 08, 2001 at 10:14:32 PM EST

It could have two parts - as soon as the event ends, another story is autocreated asking for peoples comments/feedback on the event.

Discussions before and after the event are likely to be of somewhat different natures, so splitting them up would be handy and then the expiration is reset too.

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Needlessly complicated (4.50 / 2) (#12)
by fluffy grue on Tue Jan 09, 2001 at 12:44:55 AM EST

Why not just keep a single story with the same conversational threads going and be done with it? Oh, hey, that's how stories already are.
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Why not differentiate some other way? (4.00 / 1) (#13)
by spectatorion on Tue Jan 09, 2001 at 12:58:44 AM EST

Instead of having too different posts, why not just have a date/time activated flag that will somehow indicate whether the post was put up before or after the event. Either that, or let the reader look at the date/time themselves. Having two threads is needlessly complex if all you are trying to accomplish is differentiation. This way, there could be replies to things posted before the event submitted after the event (you follow?).

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Preview and Review sections (none / 0) (#15)
by Whizard on Tue Jan 09, 2001 at 09:48:50 AM EST

What about having "Preview" and "Review" sections for calendar stories, much like we have "Editorial" and "Topical" sections now -- before the event, you can post a comment in either section, after the event, the "Preview" comments are hidden and all new posts show up as "Review" comments?

So Lawrence Lessig, John Perry Barlow, Rusty, and Prince are having dinner...
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interesting idea (2.50 / 2) (#14)
by reel_life on Tue Jan 09, 2001 at 02:17:44 AM EST

I don't know if this idea would be welcomed or not.

However, it could encourage the community to meet and interact in meatspace. For instance, carpools or meetings could be set for large regional events that many members may be attending.

"Sorry baby, I can't go to the in-laws, you know it is K5 night at the pub".

Madness takes its toll on everyone. Please have exact change.

A different approach for a calendar (4.00 / 1) (#18)
by spectatorion on Tue Jan 09, 2001 at 12:43:01 PM EST

Instead of making the calendar a separate space, why not make it an alternative layout view? The story submit page could have and extra (optional) field for the date of the event (if the story is about an event--this is why it is optional). Then, there could be a view preference, something like "view by date" or "view calendar" which would show a calendar of all the events which have been submitted as part of stories. Each event would be represented by the story title and a link to that story (or alternatively, there could be yet another [optional] field on the submission page for "event name," which is what events would be referred to in calendar mode). This would allow for easier viewing of stories like "2.4.0 Linux Kernel Released" and other news/event-based stories (of course it would support upcoming events), while leaving out stories like "Computer Science Students Unite?" (And this way, people could print it out and plan their lives around k5). Just a thought I had; would this be too hard to implement?

DickWad (none / 0) (#22)
by RandomAction on Mon Jun 25, 2001 at 01:39:57 PM EST

Read the post before posting a comment

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Folding everything into K5.... (4.00 / 1) (#21)
by Denor on Tue Jan 09, 2001 at 02:36:13 PM EST

There was an article a while back about what (I think) was a system to help people start new software projects. (Can't find it in the archives, it may have been voted down) The author of the article thought it would make an excellent addition to K5.

I was of a different opinion on the matter - it was a great idea, by itself, but did it really belong on K5? This seems more of a discussion-oriented site, and while such a thing falls into the "technology" portion of "Technology & culture", it seems to do so only barely.

I feel pretty much the same way about your proposal - it fits into the "culture" section, but not well. Instead, creating another website dedicated to this idea would work extremely well. Heck, it could even be scoop-based: it'll be to other online calendars what the K5 diaries were to other online diaries; you'll have the benefits of scoop plus the benefits of an online scheduler.


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