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Dec 09 2009, 06:29 am

I just wanted to know what you are doing right now for your project designbreak? As there is no new message on the site, maybe your project is in standbye. I have a lot of idea to relunch it. I see designbreak as an OpenResearch plateform. I wrote an article about there : http://ths1104.wordpress.com/ (fr). Here is an article that inspired me : http://wikipendium.blogspot.com/2008/07/vision-need-and-new-compendium-of-human_01.html (en). Are you interested by the concept?
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some suggestions for designbreak

Apr 01 2008, 01:04 pm

I have a suggestion for designbreak--when a project you are on is updated, you can choose to receive email updates. What do you think?

Mar 04 2008, 10:21 am

I think it would be nice to have some text editing tools that let us side-step HTML coding when posting in blogs or projects. Can't be that hard, could it?

Feb 19 2008, 07:55 pm

It would be great to add a "notify" option with the ability to select members of the project who will receive a notification in their mailbox, or perhaps this should be standard on my "home" page--updates that occur under the projects I'm on.

Jan 27 2008, 01:13 am

what if under the "people" heading we have next to each user name some indication of what languag/s each person can comunicate in? Users could be required to provide this info in their profile. Maybe this would help make international colaboration a bit easier at a glance.

Nov 21 2007, 10:20 pm

The new design looks great!!

Oct 31 2007, 02:30 pm

Maybe it wouldn't be an overkill to send every new member an email letter with the site's objective (which can be found in the About section I know), instructions on how to operate the site and make the best of the tools provided by it, incite participation, and a very elaborate and official-looking signature from the president of the organization.

Oct 31 2007, 02:26 pm

I think is nice to have the links related to a project in the Project navigation bar that is to the left of every project; however, I think that this bar is not right-out obvious to first-time users. For this reason I would like to sugest that more of the links we find in the Project navigation bars should have their equivalent in a project's main page. Especially links to the member's page.

Oct 31 2007, 02:21 pm

I think that joining a project is a slippery well at the moment. When someone joins there is no way to un-join. There should probably be a "leave project" button that would allow us users to correct the ocational mistake o a misplaced click.

Oct 31 2007, 02:19 pm

There shoul be a feature that lets one know when he/she gets new messages in the internal mail. Having a number added next to the mail link would be my personal preference. (so under "Personal" the "Mail" link would read "Mail(1)" if I had one new message and "Mail(2)" if I had two, etc.)
It woudl also be useful in my oppinion if the website sent me an email to my regular email account when I got new designbreak email and when someone made a comment or added to aproject that I am involved.
It would be even better if we could chose from which projects we can get email notification and weather or not we want email notification of anything at all.

Oct 29 2007, 04:54 am

It would be convenient to have an additional default section within each project where references and links to relevant and/or related information to the project could be posted.
Also, this feature should also alow the user to link pertinent entries in the "inspirational research" section mentioned in the blog entry above (if such a section is ever created) and vice verse. (Or maybe we could just have people copying and pasting in-site URLS.

Oct 29 2007, 04:50 am

I would find it useful to have a section where users can post some of their research or other research that can serve as inspiration to other (either because it is related to one or more of the Designbreak projects or just because it is plain cool.)

Oct 29 2007, 04:47 am

I think that the site looks great, and I love the new addition of the the project cathegories. However, I think that there should be a cathegory labled as "Other" so that projects that don't fit in the existing cathegories can be put somwere and then re-arranged approprietly when more cathegories are creates. And, I also think it would be good if we could come up with a system that would allow us to have multi-cathegory projects to be found by looking under any of the pertinent cathegories. For example, a health related social movement should be found both under "social movement" and "Healt" projects.

Oct 23 2007, 05:13 am

We need to implement multi-language support for designbreak. There are several approaches that we could take.

1. Software translation of the entire site into other languages such that everything, including the blogs and the chats could be shared. The drawbacks are obvious, translation software tends not to be very good.

2. Wiki-translation. This has high potential in terms of accuracy but lacks applicability real-time. Perhaps we could eventually apply this to our publications when we have them.

3. Language delocalization. We could make separate designbreaks for different languages like Wikipedia. (e.g. fr.designbreak.org)

4. A combination of (1) and (2). Similar to Google translate, you could view a computer translated version of a page and you can hover your mouse to see the original sentence, and correct it if the translation is wrong. This has the advantages of both (1) and (2) and eliminates some of their drawbacks. I like this especially because it means that we can collaborate more effectively with speakers of other languages.

I want to hear what other people think about this, and especially if they know of, or want write a program to implement (4). Thanks,