General site layout & module placement
I wasn't able to locate a topic covering this so thought best to start a new one: How flexible is the overall layout with respect to the various social component modules?
If, for example, I wanted to re-arrange the layout of the Group pages, say changing from a 2/6/4 layout with modules down the right side to perhaps a tabbed 2/10 where social graph, discussions, photos for the group each have a dedicated tab across the top, is the system flexible enough to allow such sweeping changes to layout?
I'm not a programmer but did try taking a look at the unzipped install file structures to see if there were layout-related files. I generally see a "/site/views/" folder structure across the extensions... is this where I should be looking?
Questions regarding the layout customization by configuration can be discussed in the Anahita Shiraz template group.
Customization by programming can be discussed in the Shiraz Template or Social Engine projects. If you could post your question there we would be happy to answer them for you.
In general if you didn't know which group or project to post, you can always post it in the Anahita Social Engine group or project for the programming related questions.
Sorry 'bout that, think what got me is that I didn't realize I first had to follow a group before I could post topics to the group's discussions even though I could view them. Tried following SE group and figured it out eventually, and it's logical in hindsight. I'll repost there.
I can't see the Shiraz group - does that mean I can't hear the answer to templating questions without buying a premium membership? Or am I missing something...
You might consider making the templating information a little more accessible to non-members. Although the look and feel is secondary to function (build the house before you paint it) - it's an important aspect of marketing. I know it's something I would need to know a lot more about before I would be able to decide if a technology were the right platform for my community in it's next phase of growth. This is a long standing sore point for people coming off of CB in particular, and they will want to see if Anihata has made the templating more accessible or not.
You might consider making the templating information a little more accessible to non-members
The knowledge is rightfully for those who appreciate it and pay for it.
I'm not suggesting you support it or open up a discussion forum to non-members, just that you make the details more visible somewhere.
Here's a fact: I'm not going to buy this until I'm comfortable with what I'm getting into and know what's involved, and I won't be the only one. By no means are you required to listen to my feedback, but I'm going to give it anyway. Customers really, really don't like lack of transparency, *especially* in the world of open source. I haven't found any other beef yet with Anihata, this is the only one. You want people to pay a LOT of money before they can get answers to some pretty important questions about what's under the hood.
@Bethany It is probably a better idea if you ask questions like "Does Anahita do ..." or "how does Anahita handle ..." and we answer as much as we like to. We never try to convince anyone, we only give enough information that could help people make a decision. If someone is in doubt or they are unsure, we really think they should take more time to learn about Anahita and other technologies. In the mean time we focus our attention and resources on those who are genuinely interested and nurture a network with those type of people.
In several posts that you have made, seems like you have certain opinions on how a commercially supported open source project should be operated and marketed. We think it is great. We think you should start your own open source project and operate it the way that you like. In the mean time while you are here, please let's focus on the questions that you have about Anahita and if we ever felt that we needed business and marketing advice from you, we will contact you and make an appointment. Let's keep the conversation here focus on how to use Anahita to solve technology problems.
Rastin, I apologize if I've offended you. I have only offered feedback as I see it, which you have openly solicited from potential customers through this basic membership. You (collectively) are never under any obligation to listen to it, and I've even made that disclaimer in some of my feedback. There is no call to be disrespectful to me.
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