Building Community

We’ve made further progress with our VBulletin/PhotoPost bulletin boards. The first alumni and faculty are logging into our alumni board, and we’ve quickly assembled a prototype of a board for all current community members. Each site is hosted at A Small Orange on $20 a month hosting plans.

OES Community PictureI have a OES Community PDF example ready for download. What I like about this software is that it will at least give us a chance to have a multi-divisional place for photo galleries and discussions. We tweaked the code to combine the discussion forums and photo galleries on the same page, along with a block of random photos from the galleries.

For registration, there’s not an easy LDAP solution, but we were able to create an email domain “whitelist,” so that only people with OES email addresses can subscribe, and then confirm who they are by the email sent to their OES account. This should prevent outside people from registering, and keep us from having to approve every registration request. Since we provide parents with OES email addresses as well, it should work for them also.

The next step is to gather photo collections from the differing US Winterim trips, post the galleries, and then invite US students to register. The photos will be the first content worth logging in for, and we may or may not allow posting from students right off the bat.

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