Introducing Ohloh Meta

Back when Ohloh was young, blogs, wikis and other content management systems were also a bit immature. So the original ohloh.net included basic wiki functionality, and the ability to display articles in chronological order – a blog. As content management systems have grown up, their features and ease of use have outstripped the simple wiki embedded in Ohloh. Up until now, we’ve been using this basic publishing ability to document the system, make announcements, explain what we’re doing, and keep you informed. After 6 years, over 130 posts, numerous articles and documentation pages, and plenty of engineering work keeping it running and fixing bugs, it is time to retire the old Ohloh wiki and blog, free up our team’s resources, and start using a modern CMS.

Ohloh Meta is our new site about Ohloh. It is running on WordPress, and  comments are managed using Disqus. We’re publishing FAQs, documentation, and other information about the Ohloh system here. As a separate WordPress site, it is no longer an integral part of the Ohloh web application itself, but that doesn’t mean that Ohloh Meta is not part of Ohloh. On the contrary, we see this site as fulfilling a vital role for Ohloh: a place where we can discuss together what is working and what could be improved, where we can share more information about how Ohloh works and how to use it, and publish up to the minute information on the newest capabilities of the system.

Features

Ohloh Meta is first and foremost our development blog. It includes release information so you can know what is changing with each deployment, and learn about new capabilities of the system. The blog includes a right sidebar that lets you filter and search, shows you the most recent and most popular posts and the latest comments, gives you subscription options, shows you the most recent tweets in the @ohloh Twitter feed, and gives you access to archives of all the old posts. We decided to retain the Ohloh blog’s whole history, so please keep that in mind when reading old posts. The site has changed a lot, many old features have been discontinued or superseded by newer features, and many new capabilities have been added over the years.

If you look in the upper right corner of the Ohloh Meta site, you’ll see a menu of additional pages you can view, including an “About” page, FAQs, and Documentation. You can also contact us via the Support menu selection. Click “Return to Ohloh” to jump back into the ohloh.net site itself on the home page.

Ohloh Meta Top Menu

 

With a modern CMS, we’ll be able to post more frequently and engage all of you more. We’ve got lots of plans for meta.ohloh.net including more FAQs and documentation, as well as a steady stream of articles including discussion and voting on new features, how-tos, examples, and in-depth coverage of Ohloh as a tool for better understanding the world of FOSS.

Want to keep up? You can subscribe either using your RSS reader or through email. If you choose the email option, you’ll get a daily digest only if something has been posted the day before. For subscription options and more information on following us, look for the “Follow Ohloh!” heading in the right sidebar.

What meta content would you like to see on Ohloh Meta? Let us know in the comments, please!

About Rich Sands

I’m the Principal and Founder of RSands Consulting, a developer/FOSS strategy, product management, and marketing consultancy. Formerly Ohloh’s PM, Black Duck is now a client of mine.

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