From time to time I get questions from people who want to set up Radio2 servers who are having trouble, are highly motivated, but it really isn't something they should do. I'm learning that running a server, like a lot of things, requires a temperment that most people don't have -- no matter how much they may want to do it. But it would be great if these people had Radio2 accounts somewhere. Then we could develop utilities to download their archives locally. This is a lovely little project I've been meaning to get to. If we had some users who needed it, it would actually make it easier to write.
Anyway, all this is preamble to this question -- If you're already running a Radio2 server, would you be willing to let someone else virtually crash on your couch? Radio servers probably can host several hundred users, if not more. It's a pretty lightweight server app.
Anyway, reply here with a comment if you already have a server and are willing to volunteer for this.
I think it can be a good experience for everyone.
I am running a Radio2 server, and I will be happy to host others. I'm starting with a good friend next weekend to see what I need to know to help others use my server, then will be open to adding others.
Actually, it's because Dave let me use Radio2 on one of his servers that I got hooked on this tool, so I know how important this sharing can be to building our community.
Yes. Of course, you are right. Sorry for not thinking about *searching* worknotes.scripting.com, rather than just following along.
There are a lot of different places to look for information, and sometimes their scattered nature makes it easy to lose track. As I work through things, I'll start gathering information into outlines that make sense to me (probably via includes), and hopefully that will help me retrace my steps when I need to, and explain things to others if they ask.
David, export and import is available. I was hoping not to create support work for myself with this. Could you do a search on worknotes.scripting.com before asking for help? If you're going to have users of your own this is a prerequisite. I want people to get in the habit of trying to find the answer instead of using me as their search engine.
Let's create a culture where looking it up is the first thing you do, not relying on me to do it for you. It's there. I searched for it. Found it in the first hit.
Also, you should check the Frontier river, to see if anything has been released recently to address the issue you are concerned with. You're responding to something that appeared in another post on this site. I did write the script that it mentions I might write. And it even links to it. In many different forms. But this is not the export facility for Radio2 blogs.
This isn't just for you David, it's a general note. If this is going to be a real user community, then people need to be serious about using the docs that we already have, and also be thinking about how to help this process get better.
The more that users can document -- 1. The better the docs will be for users and 2. The more time the developers (right now that's me) will have to develop new stuff and fix bugs.
The more I'm tied down doing support work, the less things get better. (And I'm an old hand at this, I just don't do the support work, because I know that there will always be as much support work as I'm willing to do. If I do everything people want me to do, then I won't have any kind of life.)
Another note -- I have stopped releasing stuff that I think will be difficult to support. It just stopped being anything like fun for me. I'm trying an experiment with Microliner. I'll try to keep the released server software in synch with what I have, as long as there aren't any major problems. But a few minutes after releasing it, there was a question that was answered on the docs page for the release. Reminder that this is still a huge chore, with limited rewards.