inranelagh.com is up and running. There's some activity on the message boards - mostly me, admittedly, but there are two other users registered. There are some business listings in, and I'll be hunting for more.

What else is useful on a local site? If you live in or near Ranelagh, what information would you expect to find? If you don't, and you're visiting, what would be useful? What's on local info sites wherever you live? Should I concentrate on adding funky cutting edge stuff like tagging and feeds, or should I work on more mundane content first?
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gothwalk: (Default)
( Apr. 5th, 2006 05:07 pm)
A question for the more technically minded among ye. I'm going to be doing some work on a database of local information for inranelagh.com, and I'm think about how to structure it. At present, I'll want to flag entries in the database with various notes, and also attach tags to them, in the short-established Web2.0 style. Since there'll be an arbitrary number of possible tags for a given entry, and an occasionally changing number of flags, what's the best way to manage this?

Possibilities in my mind is to have one field, "flags", containing a comma separated list of words, and the same for tags. Another possibility is to have a field per flag, and let them be 1 or 0 - although I can't see that working for the tags. And finally, there's the possibility of a table co-relating flags/tags and entries separately.

I might just use tags overall, but I'd like to distinguish between the ones I set (flags) and the ones anyone else sets.

And a separate question - does anyone know how easy it is to get at phpBB's user storage, and if that login could be used elsewhere on the site, for comments, feedback, submissions, and the like?

I'm in an odd place on this; I know the stuff that can be done, I work with it every day, but in many ways, I haven't the slightest idea how to go about it anymore without developer support.
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