I’m considering options for how to structure the news submission system so that users can again submit news items. One thing I don’t want to go back to is a system where everything submitted by anybody goes on the front page as-is, as this results in quite a bit of low-quality or inappropriate copy showing up in the place where we present VASSAL to the world. Specifically, if you look back through the news archive, you’ll see a lot of headlines which contain no verb, which are ungrammatical, or which are help requests which should have been directed to the forum.
I think an appropriate solution to the problem is to have an editor who handles incoming news submissions. This isn’t a big job—historically there have been only a few news items per week—and in many cases would amount to not a lot more than changing headlines like “Foo 1.2.3” to “Foo Module Version 1.2.3 Released”.
Are we in agreement about this?
Would anybody like to volunteer to be the news editor?
That said, I’m struggling a bit with how exactly to link up our news package, phpns, with the rest of the site. One way would be to let users into phpns to submit news items directly; another would be to have a simple news submission page which talks with phpns. The advantage of the latter is that we don’t have to create user accounts in phpns, but one disadvantage is that news items won’t show up as being posts by the user who wrote them.