Someone here not too long ago shared the idea of a “Needs List” forum so everyone knows what everyone else in the guild is working on. We tried that out for a while and it worked pretty well, but being the overachiever that I am (or maybe it's just because of the never-satisfied guild officers that we have in MG ) I took it to the next level. Using an externally-hosted mySQL database and a combination of PHP and XML/XSL (displayed in an XML transformation content box), I set up an interactive system for tracking ongoing needs, including a way to “sign up” to meet a need. For example, Guild_Member_06 needs Saltwater Seaweed for blacksmithing, and Guild_Member_42 needs Fresh Fish for baking. I pledged to supply a certain amount of each, since I can get them both at the same time fishing in Ocean of Tears.I guess it's more easily explained by viewing it, so go to http://www.guildportal.com/Guild.asp?GuildID=2002&TabID=9801 and click the “Needs” button to see what I'm talking about. Incidentally, this system is a “proof of concept” for Aaron - hopefully he'll implement something like it (but with actual authentication and other goodies) for all of us some day
Bah, double-post. I swear I only clicked “submit” once!
ACK I have mySQL, php, and XML capabilities on my personal webspace, but sadly I have no clue how to do all that coding. I added a phpbb forum once and that was step by step explained. Then I moved the site and I don't even know how to remember the forum db. Some days... I just feel so blonde.Great work Witlan and if you ever feel like sharing, I will be one of the first in line trying to figure out how to make it work.