October 14, 2003

Scoop

The Daily Kos is changing its software from Movable Type to Scoop:

Scoop || What is Scoop?: Scoop is a "collaborative media application". It falls somewhere between a content management system, a web bulletin board system, and a weblog. Scoop is designed to enable your website to become a community. It empowers your visitors to be the producers of the site, contributing news and discussion, and making sure that the signal remains high.

A scoop site can be run almost entirely by the readers. The whole life-cycle of content is reader-driven. They submit news, they choose what to post, and they can discuss what they post. Readers can rate other readers comments, as well, providing a collaborative filtering tool to let the best contributions float to the top. Based on this rating, you can also reward consistently good contributors with greater power to review potentially untrusted content. The real power of Scoop is that it is almost totally collaborative.

Of course, as an admin, you also may pick and choose which tools you want the community to have, and which will be available to admins only. Administrators have a very wide range of customization and security management tools available. All of the administration of Scoop is done through the normal web interface. Scoop will seamlessly provide more options to site administrators, right in the normal site, so the tools you need are always right where you need them.

Now, if you're still interested, why don't you try it out? Our main sourceforge project page is at: http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/scoop

Posted by DeLong at October 14, 2003 09:45 AM | TrackBack

Comments

You might want to look at kuro5hin.com for an example of such a community that's been going on a long time. Folks comment on stories, and comment on the comments -- and RATE the stories and comments.

In theory, the ratings will help increase the quality. I'm not convinced it's working, yet. But hundreds of folk spend dozens of hours there.

And some dozens spend hundreds of hours.

Posted by: Tom Grey on October 15, 2003 06:42 AM

Whatever K5's weaknesses, multiple unintended postings and strange bugs in comment windows opening are not among them.

Rating stories and comments is not necessary to run Scoop.

Posted by: Data Dawg on October 15, 2003 07:05 AM
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