Making Progress

VbulletinWe solved some final configuration problems yesterday between VBulletin and PhotoPost Pro, and now they are playing nicely with each other. Users have one registration, and then they have accounts on both systems, and the images can be integrated on both sides, etc. What we like about this is the “dual action” of photo galleries by each user, along with the discussion boards, along with file attachments… We’re creating the system for alumni.

We wonder what the steps would be to creating a full-community system. If we had LDAP authentication working, we could have all faculty, staff, students and parents on one Vbulletin system, with categories for each division and/or grade level. There are user groups, so parents would have access to some things, students to others, faculty to others, and shared spaces for all.

This is intriguing to us, because a shared system could replace a lot of email chatter, put files in one place for everyone, and perhaps even absorb the weekly divisional newsletters. Additionally, the posts and documents can be changed, unlike sent emails, and if 2-3 parents have questions about an annoucement, the answers can be seen by all. At the same time, we could have a photo-rich environment, with image contributions from all parts of our population.

Utopia, until we have the unavoidable problems (flames, inappropriate posts, too many posts from certain users). However, isn’t that part of the process of moving forward?

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