The mailman will love you!

A lot of FLOSS mailinglists (including KDE’s) are run by a software called Mailman. Now Mailman is great and all but it isn’t exactly a dream to work with if you have to admin a mailinglist with it. And it gets worse if you have to admin more than one list with it.

Thankfully there is a great little program called listadmin that helps here. It is a command line tool that remembers the lists you moderate and their passwords and then just checks them for new emails or subscription requests you need to deal with.

This is what it looks like if there is a mail in moderation:

Of course I want to approve sebas’ email (how could I not? ;-)) so I say “a” for approve and then “y” to submit all the changes for this list:

And done:

Not really hard, right? πŸ˜‰ Β The only thing that’s not so easy is figuring out the correct format for the .listadmin.ini file with the preferences for your lists. For @kde.org lists it needs to look like below. All settings (username, password,… apply to everything following it until overwritten). Adapt for your needs πŸ™‚

Hope it helps making admining Mailman lists a little easier for you. And now I’ll go investigate the Mailman patches the great folks at Systers have written to see if they are maybe suitable for KDE.

log “~/.listadmin.log”

username lydia@kde.org

adminurl https://mail.{domain}/mailman/admindb/{list}

password ******

amarok@kde.org

password ******

amarok-devel@kde.org

amarok-promo@kde.org

password ******

community-wg@kde.org

password ******

kde-press-announce@kde.org

password ******

kde-soc-mentor@kde.org

kde-soc@kde.org

password ******

kde-core-devel@kde.org

password ******

kde-kiosk@kde.org

help needed with kde.org relaunch

We need a lot of help collecting data for the new www.kde.org that is being worked on and you can help! It is pretty easy but a lot to do. The more people help the better.

What needs to be done? Just find some simple data about KDE’s programs following a template and putting them on a wiki. We also need screenshots. The community wiki has more details. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know all the data for a certain program. Fill in as much as you know. Everything helps. If you have questions come to #kde-www on freenode or drop me an email at lydia at kde org.

Everyone who completes at least two programs gets hugs from me πŸ˜€

It should all be done next weekend so get cracking! πŸ™‚

This is the entry for Parley as an example:

Screenshot sent: no
Name: Parley
Description: [can be HTML or wiki markup]
<p><b>Parley</b> is a program to help you memorize things.<br> Parley supports many language specific features but can be used for other learning tasks just as well. It uses the <a href=\”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaced_repetition\”>spaced repetition</a> learning method, also known as flash cards.</p><p> Β Creating new vocabulary collections with Parley is easy, Β but of course it is even better if you can use some of our premade files. Have a look at the <a href=\”http://kde-files.org/index.php?xcontentmode=687\”>KDE-Files.org</a> page or use the \”Download New Collections\” feature directly.</p>
Features (optional):
Different test types
Mixed Letters (order the letters, anagram like) to get to know new words
Multiple choice
Written tests – type the words (including clever correction mechanisms)
Example sentences can be used to create ‘fill in the gap’ tests
Article training
Comparison forms (adjectives and/or adverbs)
Conjugations
Synonym/Antonym/Paraphrase
Fast test setup with all options in one dialog
More than two languages (for example English, Chinese Traditional and Chinese Simplified)
Find words (also by word type) quickly
Easy lesson management
Premade vocabulary files ready to use
Share and download vocabulary using Get Hot New Stuff
Open XML file format (shared with KWordQuiz, Kanagram and KHangMan) that can be edited by hand and is easily usable with scripts

Homepage: http://edu.kde.org/parley
ID on kde-apps.org: 66741
Page on Userbase: [empty]
ID of subforum on forum.kde.org: 21
Link to handbook: http://docs.kde.org/stable/en/kdeedu/parley/index.html
IRC channel(s): #kde-edu
Mailing lists: kde-edu@kde.org, parley-devel@kde.org
Project name on cia.vc: kde/parley
Bugzilla component: parley

KDE-Edu IRC meeting and release parties

The KDE-Edu team will be having an open IRC meeting next Thursday at 8 PM UTC in #kde-edu on freenode. We’ll be discussing the results of the survey, the planned meeting in Switzerland and other stuff.
This meeting is open for everyone. So if you want to get involved just show up and have a look πŸ™‚ I’m sure we can find something for you together.

Oh and don’t forget: There will be a lot of release parties all over the world – one of them in Karlsruhe – join us for some fun! πŸ™‚ Details on exact place will follow soon. Please add yourself to the wiki if you plan to come so it is easier for me to plan.
BTW: I am still waiting for release parties in France, Great Britain, Spain and the Netherlands at least! Come on folks! πŸ˜€