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- Sep 24, 2019
Following on from this thread:
We can feature articles on the homepage here and also it will be a good opportunity to share on websites like Reddit, Designer News, Hacker News, etc. to still spread the word about our awesome community where posting a forum thread might not be as accepted or optimal.
My current view is that a separate, open-sourced, generated static site could work well (perhaps 11ty?) or maybe another flat-file style CMS and allow for input on design & build from us as well. I appreciate that the forum being proprietary is not a perfectly ideal solution so it will be nice for this to be open for all to contribute.
Submissions could then be handled via GitHub pull requests for those more developer inclined and I can set-up a section on the forum for other submissions (subject to an editor approval). In the longer term as a phase 2, it would be possible to create a CMS back-end to handle this.
I would like to keep it tightly integrated by utilising the forum API to connect author profiles to pull in info as well as award referrals from sign-ups from links in the article as well as coupling new posts with forum threads to allow for 'comments' on posts via the forum.
I'd also like people to be able to syndicate blog articles from their personal sites without fear of SEO penalisation (duplicate content) by giving the option to turn off search indexing on their posts and a canonical URL to their own site.
I'd like to reuse the terms from the forum whereby users always retain the copyright to their submitted content but by submitting you give permission to share, reproduce, etc.
Of course this relies on some level of user participation so I'd like to use this thread to gauge interest, see if anybody has any better platform suggestions or just any other general thoughts at all! Likewise if you have any objections, think the time could be better spent elsewhere or otherwise think it's a bad idea then I would appreciate those feedback as well.
I'd like to reiterate that Webwide is not a for-profit project and although I would be looking to grow the community via a blog it's just as important to me that community members get the opportunity to get all the credit/social links/promotion and perhaps even affiliate links (in an appropriate circumstance) that they deserve for contributing.