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- Subject: Re: Lua Recipes Site?
- From: "Stuart P. Bentley" <stuart@...>
- Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2009 22:44:46 -0700
Yeah, a lot of guys are definitely over-thinking this (I haven't read all of
the previous comments in the thread yet, but judging from what I've seen).
The model for a Lua Recipes site isn't Github or LuaRocks; it's Pastebin /
The way I would layout the main page would be a big search bar at the top
(for finding existing recipes) and an empty form at the bottom (for pasting
into). If you're looking for a recipe for something, you can enter your
query and, if matching a tag, it would present all recipes with that tag,
where otherwise it would search descriptions, code comments, and recipe
response comments. If you're looking to submit a recipe, you can write/paste
it in the large multiline text form at the bottom (or maybe upload a file).
You can hit submit and save it (which will also then compile and save its
output/errors, if any, to be shown on the page after the code. If the code
included an io.read or io.open or require of a module not present in the
compilation/demo sandbox, it would simply skip this step altogether).
After it's saved and you are taken to the recipe's page, you would be
prompted to edit the page and add a title/description (A description that
recognizes "titles" as a line (not ending with a full stop) followed by 2
newlines, for the rare situation that a recipe needs a title to summarize
telling you what tags already exist, and the site administrator could
manually lay out a logical tag progression ("os"-> "files" -> "file-read" ->
"XML-Parsing") and synonyms (like "file" and "files", as addressed above).)
Scripts lacking tags (or descriptions) would be featured in a "Help! Tag
these recipes:" sidebar.
As stated, comments are a must, and they should be visible while editing so
you can copy+paste code suggested in comments. As for making it so that
"only the original contributor can edit", I'd say we leave this one more to
etiquette (and track IPs/include a "nuke edits from this IP and ban" admin
button to handle outright vandalism). Include an "Author" field on the edit
page for the contributor credit that's tracked with the code, description,
and tag history.
I can make an IUP window / SVG image mockup of this design.
For simplicity's sake, we should just do what Wikipedia does and say that
anything submitted to the site must be licensed under a specific license
(most likely MIT). There's no reason to force people into anything else
(except public domain): there's not really any danger of anybody getting
rich off the hard labor put into a 20-line Lua recipe because it wasn't
If you want to come up with an architecture that lets you manage a module
like a project on Github, I'll do you one better: make a project for a
module on Github.
From: "steve donovan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, September 20, 2009 A8:09
To: "Lua list" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Lua Recipes Site?
On Sun, Sep 20, 2009 at 4:37 PM, George Petsagourakis
I would like to throw http://github.com in the conversation. It can
good way to manage code in a so distributed environment we are talking
(much non coherent code, many users, etc).
Gosh, this is getting complicated. I like Web+copy/paste myself. OK,
I'll obviously have to get Git at some point in my life, but remember
that the main issue is not how to store the recipes, but how to tag
them and search them intelligently, by a combination of
classification, tags and keyword search.