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This page discusses OpenWetWare's User management software.

NEW UMS Features

Version 0.4 (Sep. 28, 2007)

The OpenWetWare User Management System (UMS) is the tool used to review new applications for membership to OpenWetWare. Please Note: this tool is only accessible to OpenWetWare administrators.

We have done a good deal of work on it of late. A lot of the work will not be visible to members of the OpenWetWare community at large, but it will make management of the system simpler for administrators.

Among the features added to UMS include the following:

New Member "User:" Page Generation

One significant feature that has been added that will be visible to all new members involves how their "User:" page is created. Currently, a new member, fresh from being approved, is sent an email message that tells them about the User: page. However, upon clicking on the link, the fledgling OpenWetWare member is confronted with a blank page and a brand new text editor to master.

The new UMS feature allows for a single 'master' file to serve as the content that all new users will see when they start connect to their User page.

The content used to seed the User page for each member is stored as any other OpenWetWare page. This is the page where the definition can be found here: UserPageDefaultContentText and UserTalkPageDefaultContentText

The contents of this page will be placed in the new user's User: page. Since this is a standard MediaWiki page, any macros or WikiText markup used in the page will be copied to the new User: page.

In addition to this, all of the information entered when the member's application was completed is also available to populate this page. Unlike standard wiki variables, this information is converted only once: when the new page is created.

Here are the variables that are available:

The page is currently "one size fits all": the same page is used for all new members. Once the page has been created, any changes to the master file will not modify existing pages but instead become the new basis for creating all new pages.

There currently is no set policy for editing UserPageDefaultContentText or UserTalkPageDefaultContentText. This may change over time.


Version 0.3 (Apr. 29, 2006) Changes Summary - Download

Version 0.4 (August 11, 2007) Proposed Changes by Bill Flanagan

(Please help me prioritize the existing feature requests which have not been previously completed. The above features are the only ones I have on my list at the moment. [User:Bill Flanagan|Bill])