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From "Zac Morris" <>
Subject ACL for viewing individual posts?
Date Mon, 24 Mar 2008 16:07:23 GMT
Howdy, I've been tasked with some investigation into 
implementing blogging within our enterprise.  Being that I'm 
not a fan of PHP I prefer roller over wordpress, but there is 
some momentum building to select Wordpress over roller.  The 
biggie that keeps getting mentioned is:
1) Wordpress development community more active.

I sort of look at them odd when they say that since roller is 
an apache project, and it's hard to think of a more active 
development community.  So I've decided to try to become active 
in the roller development community myself.  I'm not at liberty 
to say what company I'm with, just yet, so I'm using my 
personal information for now.

The reason that I keep coming back to roller is that it is 
based on Java and it supports Oracle (our Enterprise dB solution).

I've been looking deeper and deeper into roller, and the one 
feature that seems to me to be missing is the concept of 
"audience entitlement".  Said another way, the ability to post 
an entry and then set a "group" that can view that entry 
[public, friends, custom, private].

My background is a more "journal" based approach to blogging 
(i.e. LiveJournal), and not just using blogging as a "public 
publishing system" approach, that I think roller represents?

I'm guessing that the fundamental "approach" (journal vs. 
publishing) is one of root use case, so I wanted to ask the 
roller development community what the thoughts have been 
regarding these two different approaches?

As I see it the "journaling" approach is more about social 
networking.  Enabling the poster to create dynamic groups that 
represent different communities or levels of "trust" regarding 
who can see a given post.  This seems to be compatible with 
personal usage, but in my opinion also seems to mesh well with 
an Enterprise usage.  I say that because most Enterprises 
already have several "public publishing" methods in the form of 
traditional websites, news/announcement publishing systems, 
and/or collaborative workspaces, so what blogging brings to the 
Enterprise is this concept of a single place for a user to 
post, that then gives them an easy way to choose the audience 
for each of those posts.

Before I dig into the code, I wanted to try to understand if 
there was any project "philosophy" regarding these approaches.

-Zac Morris

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