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Subject Labels, the Next Big Thing
Posted 8/2/2000; 4:48 PM by Seth Dillingham
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The next big feature in Conversant is almost ready, we're planning to install it sometime tonight.

What is this big new feature? Message labelling.

That doesn't sound like a very big feature, does it? Read on!

Labels are very cool, they make many things possible that were previously either very difficult or downright impossible. (In English: they're just very handy.)

At its most basic, a label is just a way of visually grouping/organizing messages in the discussion group. Labels have three primary properties: color, name, and position.

Flip's going to post a set of instructions for adding labels to your site's templates, soon. For now, I'm just telling you why labels are cool, but not how to use them.

When a message has a label, it's possible to include that label in the calendar page's list of messages, and even sort the list by label (when you've sorted by label, the order of messages with the same label is set first by the label's position property, so that all messages with the same label are grouped together).

Labels can also be used when displaying DG messages... you can use the color and name of the label anywhere on the page.

There are actually lots of places that labels can be used, but that's not why they're so interesting. What is interesting is that labels have one very special property which is used for access control. Labels can have their "access" property set to one of three values:

  • Anyone
    Anyone can see messages with labels that have this access permission.
  • Members
    Guests can't see messages with labels that have this access permission.
  • Editors
    Only editors can see messages with labels that have this access permission.

If a message is admin-only, then non-admins won't see it in:

  • the calendar
  • the full-thread display
  • the list of replies
  • the topics page
  • the search engine
  • email
  • news

In other words, you can use labels to hide administrative messages from regular members and guests. Do you have a message that you include in your templates? Set it's label to one which restricts it to admins, and the members and guests will never see it, anywhere except for wherever you've inserted it into your template.

Labels can be used for some other things, too, and the list is going to continue to grow. For example, if you run a weblog on your site, you can use labels to create "departments" (like they have on slashdot). New weblog items can be created with labels, automatically.

Finally, we're going to be pushing labels into a lot of areas of Conversant. Labels are designed in Conversant to be extended: plug-ins can attach properties to labels, so that messages with those labels will act certain ways when that plug-in interacts with them.

Again, we'll have the new labels features installed sometime tonight, and then you can all start using them. We hope you like them, as we (and most especially Flip) have put a huge amount of time into them.

Seth

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RE: Labels, the Next Big Thing
8/2/2000 by Seth Dillingham
Something I forgot to mention is that the admins also have control over who

Re: Labels, the Next Big Thing
8/2/2000 by Mark Morgan
Labels can be used for some other things, too, and the list is going to continue

RE: Labels, the Next Big Thing
8/2/2000 by Brian Carnell
Several comments/questions: 1. The ability to create Slashdot-style departments

RE: Labels, the Next Big Thing
8/3/2000 by Seth Dillingham
OK, message labels are all installed. Unfortunately, due to the nature of this

RE: Labels, the Next Big Thing
8/3/2000 by Brian Carnell
"Anyone Anyone can see messages with labels that have this access permission.

Labels and Group Members
2/14/2001 by Duncan Smeed
I hadn't really delved into labels until recently and I was sort of assuming


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