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First revised Peer Directory mock-up

By Jay Garmon Contributor ·
As promised, here is the first Thursday Reveal for your consumption. This link ( will take you to a mock-up image of our proposed Peer Directory Profile Page. This is just a rough draft, but we want your feedback on the implied features.

A few things aren't immediately obvious from the image, so I'll elaborate here. The row of grey boxes near the top respresents where a user's Merit Badges would be displayed. Based on certain site activities, users could earn badges that would recognize certain types of expertise or behaviors. For example, the member who had a certain number or percentage of Tech Q&A answers accepted under the Network Administration topic might earn the NetAdmin Expert badge. Clicking on a badge would display a list of all other TR members who had earned that badge, allowing your to commune with your peers (or locate experts on topics you're a little rusty with). This idea is just barely on the drawing board, but it has proven pretty popular in other places.

Also, you'll note that the Technology Supported and Interests fields are filled with hyperlinked items. Our thinking is that any comma-delimited item placed in these fields would be hyperlinked to a "Library." Each Library link would lead to a list of TR members that have displayed the same interest, as well as a collection of relevant content, newsletters, and possibly RSS feeds for that topic.

If you have any questions about any of the other features displayed in the image, please post them in this thread. We're anxious to know what you like, what you hate, and what's missing from our first attempt. Your opinions will directly influence the development of our community features.



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Chas you know you are as bad as me on that count.

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to In general agreement

Recently I had to ring Mercedes for a cost on a Transistorized Ignition Module for my Classic Mercedes. I was told that they where No Longer Available but that there was 1 left in Germany for something in excess of $3,000.00 Au + GST on their 3 year old price listing and that when that one was sold no more would ever be made.

My solution was to build my own and just insert it into the existing case and use the existing connectors so unless you actually pull it apart you would think it was original. Maybe even then most would think that it was original because they are not repairable items and most just do not look inside. To me it was nothing more than a 555 IC and a decent power trani in a TO220 case with a few passive bits and pieces added on.

The whole thing took about 30 minutes to actually make and most of that time was wasted in making it fit the existing case.


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On Personal Information

by maxwell edison In reply to In general agreement

Personally speaking, From Me To You, if TechRepublic ever "requires" my real, personal and/or private information, for any reason whatsoever, my new Beatles song, as far as TechRepublic is concerned, will be Hello, Goodbye. If they ever do "require" it, I'd have to wonder about the Fool On The Hill that came up with that bright idea. And I've Got A Feeling that This Boy won't be the only one to say Run For Your Life.

You may Ask Me Why I hold such an opinion. Well, talk about creating the potential for Helter Skelter, and In Spite Of All The Danger, this one could really have people screaming for Help. That policy has the potential for abuse Here, There and Everywhere. So Please Please Me by rethinking that option, and trust that We Can Work It Out, some way, to the Satisfaction of everyone. So Get Back to the original line of thinking, and let people make their own decision whether or not they want to share their real, personal and/or private information with some unknown entity over the Internet.

But if, for some reason, it did come to that, as far as I'm concerned, I'd simply say, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da life goes on, and I'd take Maxwell's Silver Hammer away on my Yellow Submarine, and become a real Nowhere Man.

So my vote, hopefully With A Little Help From My Friends, is to just Let It Be.

(By the way, in case you're wondering, it's twenty - and even one from the R.S.)

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But Maxwell what if

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to On Personal Information

Every new user had to at the very least enter even some very basic details?

Just like the current Peer Listings.

Wouldn't this be far better than seeing someones e-mail address as an Alias even if it is a Yahoo or Hot-mail address?

I do not see anything wrong with my personal listing and I chose what I filled in which could be a pile of "BS" and there is no direct reference to me and only long term people here would know I'm from AU and even fewer know I'm in Queensland let alone where I'm actually at or other personal details.


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A Bit Paranoid are We

by willcomp In reply to On Personal Information

Personally, I don't have any problem with providing basic information. What would concern me is direct contact information such as eMail address, phone number, or street address.

Name, town, job description, certifications (and I don't have any), hobbies and interests, and areas of expertise are all innocuous and most should have no qualms providing such information.

It is in our interest to have a basic idea of who we are dealing with.


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Actually that is how a lot of new members appear

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to A Bit Paranoid are We

You just see their e-mail address with no link to the Peer Listings so they do have a direct link to themselves.

Personally I would prefer to see new members registered and listed on the Peer Listing so at least they have the option as to weather or not they want unsolicited incoming e-mail.

But I suspose it is something we have all been through and lived out the other side right.


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Not paranoid at all

by maxwell edison In reply to A Bit Paranoid are We

You can certainly call me paranoid for wanting to protect my privacy, but that doesn't mean I'm paranoid - at least not according to my definition of the word. Cautious and prudent is what I would suggest.

Moreover, I'm not just speaking for myself, but for future members as well. After all, that's the purpose of this, isn't it? And all I'm suggesting is that if the site requires a verifiable "real person" behind the site alias, then a lot of people, in my estimation, will be turned away from the site by their own caution.

But if the site actually wants to limit the number of people who visit and/or sign-up for membership, then it's a great idea.

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I agree

by Oz_Media In reply to Not paranoid at all

Then again, what form of verification could TR use? Credit card? Social Insurance Number? It wouldn't happen.

You're right people aren't going to provide real names, some will some wont just as today.

There's no way TR would ever be provided the information needed to 'confirm' a real name and so aliases would still be used, I think pretty much anyone can agree with that.

Therefore an alias should be enough, perhaps even mentioning so in the registration page, 'make up an alias or use on the forums' so people wouldn't be prone to use real names and find everyone else with aliases, ALSO DON'T LET PEOPLE USE EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR ALIASES!!!

I can't belive the number of supposedly IT staff who use an email address (even if only Yahoo) for an alias. Spiders will nail all those guys ad anyoe who happens to be in thier address books, I don't need SPAM and viruses from peers.

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Well that was well said

by Oz_Media In reply to On Personal Information

How creative, but I concur with your point all the way. I can agree with TR requiring a real, verified email address, but I think the personal profile should be optional, yet a profile of SOME SORT must be mandatory just to slow the ease of signups. I think if people WANT to become worthwhile community participants, they will have no problem filling out some form of profile.

But I agree wholly, 'personal' information should NOT be mandatory but filling out a few fields should be.

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What would be terrible is a required PHOTO

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Well that was well said

Seems that Digital Cameras seem to malfunction when pointed at me for some reason.

I'd be left with a "Baby Photo" from about 47 + years ago.


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Or just an avitar

by Oz_Media In reply to What would be terrible is ...

Some form of 100X100 graphic to represent you in the forum. Doesn't have to be a photo but in your case it could be a Ducatti or a roo or comething, I could use a music related icon etc.

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