How to define stories. How to define news.
Wed, 29 Aug 2001 11:25:21 -0700
> 1. What exactly are the features of stories versus the
> features of news?...
A News Item is: a structured discussion group entry that has the
following fields: Url, Title, Department, and Body. The news item may
be in one of several states: editing, pending, or released. The news
item format maps to the RSS 0.91 syndication format. Macros are not
rendered in the body of news items. News items may be listed by
A story is an unstructured discussion group item that has Title and
Body fields. Stories differ from non story discussion group items in
their display (no reply form, no list of replies, includes the skull link)
and the permissions required to view them. (stories are always
publicly availiable, unless the entire site is restricted to editors only.
Non-story DG items may be restricted.) Non news dg items have
macros in the body evaluated. A non-news, non-story dg item may be
promoted to a story.
> 2. What are some of the things to consider in choosing
> one or the other?...
If you want multiple discrete items on your home page each day that
can be syndicated well in RSS 0.91 form, then use news. (Weblog
style) If you write essays or other free form material, use stories. (Web
Journal) Or use both.
> 3. How would they be combined?...
Stories do not have to appear on the home page to be useful. Unless
you do custom programming, news items generally need to be on the
home page to be useful.
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