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Posted by: Bob Cozzi
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Published: 07 Dec 2011
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Private Content Published by: Bob Cozzi on 07 Dec 2011 view comments(1)

When I created this web engine for IBM i, one of the goals was to do for IBM i what WordPress has done for non-i platforms. In addition, I wanted a way to store my own notes on technology topics.

The original site, is named ClassAnova.com and is active today but not monitored by me. I will get back to it at some point.

But one of the features it contains is the ability to create content an classify it as any of 4 states:

  1. Public
  2. Members-Only
  3. Premium Members-Only
  4. Private

The states are pretty self-explanatory but the Private setting is something I'm thinking of releasing "into the wild". 

The Private setting on content created by a MidrangeNews.com member would allow you to post content by not publish it. That is, only the author/member creating the content and the site Administrator would be able to view that content.

This feature is available to me at the moment and I use it for my own stuff. I'm wondering if you, the membership, would have a need for such a feature?

For example, when I'm at a client and I want to write down a procedure for them, I do so in the site and mark it Private. That way I have it "in the cloud" and can get to it from their systems or mine without transmitting it. Certainly I hear that Google Docs can do this and I see some people using it--I don't personally use Google Docs, however.

The only enhancement that's needed is the ability to list your own stuff (private or not) on the homepage so you can quickly access it. This capability already exists in the "Custom Settings"  on your Profile, but you'd have to know what to enter to turn it on.

So the bottom line, would this feature be beneficial to anyone? Should I enable it for the membership or keep it to myself?

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Posted by: neilrh
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Posted: 12 years 5 months 11 days 22 hours 30 minutes ago
Edited: Wed, 07 Dec, 2011 at 15:14:36 (4546 days ago)

I like the idea, could it be expanded to give others read permission, or multi-way collaboration?