…into Manila, the more I find things I want it to do but can’t. I’m not saying this is just a problem with Manila, mind you, but since that’s the boat I’m sailing right now, it gets frustrating.
Here’s the scenario: The adviser to the National Honor Society wants her students to be able to create posts for her to review and approve for publication. She also wants all of her members on the e-mail notification list for when something is posted. Here’s the problem: she wants to get an automatic e-mail from Manila when something is put into the queue for her to review. But if I’ve added all the members to the notification list, they’ll all get that e-mail as well, and in doing so they read the post before it gets officially published. The most obvious solution is to have the students e-mail or tell her when they create content for her to approve. And if it was just her, that would be ok. But now that my district wants two levels of review, that means that the teacher will have to send an e-mail to the public info person so she knows there is something there to look at as well. AARRGHH! Too much work.
Ken Tompkins says
Not sure I can solve the email problem but the way to let her know they have posted content — if I understand what she wants — might be to set up a set of weblogs (not the public ones) where students can post. These can be locked to editors only so the public or robots can’t find them.
Then aggregate them on her aggregator; this will be a way to notify her that they have added content. Two levels? Have both aggregate the student weblogs; they will, then, both be notified.
If you are lucky enough to be using a Mac with NetNewsWire, you can bring the aggregated blog into its editor, edit it and then post to a separate weblog — say, the public one with the student’s byline.
Hope I’m not too far off from your needs here.
I think that’s a good idea. How do you post to a separate weblog (other than a shared journal)?
should be able to do this with autoresponders on your mail server or perhaps outside list software like macjordomo (free and easy setup)
ken tompkins says
What I meant by the phrase “post to a separate weblog” is in the NetNewsWire editor you can post content to a weblog for which you have the login id/password. What I was suggesting is that someone — let’s say one of the two reviewers — would, having corrected the original content, could then post it to a PUBLIC site that the world could look at.