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Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

@Karoli Yep, and like many things in USA, it is an old white guy platform, users over 50 serve vast majority of disinformation on just seven web properties (facebook owns seven of them)

Greg McVerry

Okay the initial shock of being asked to trust the people who spend time commenting on @politico has worn off and I read more: "will be vetted and, if deemed appropriate, added and categorized into our public database of disinformation." Lot of humans involved. That is good.

Greg McVerry

Giving up the CMS would have to be #HigherEd first step into #IndieWeb

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Most universities in have their general web strategy all wrong. The "canonical url" should be light weight. A predictable and accessible navigation with fewest pagesΒ  possible that render HTML from databases that faculty populate (Yes classic garbage in, garbage out, but that is a supervision problem and not a technical one).

Faculty and departments shouldn't run web pages. Leads to self imposed disinformation,Β  and university websites running hundreds and hundreds of pages long get more and more useless for students and perspectives.

Keep your main website light. Maybe headless, no CMS.

Then develop common stylesheets that have some basic things folks might use like tables, cards, call out boxes, etc . Make a few template pages. Or use a CMS. It doesn't matter. These subdomains are not the official record. Allow faculty and departments to then run subdomains with the explicit policy you link to the main website when discussing stuff like programs, faculty, etc.

Heck maybe you could even make some of the APIs available to clubs on campus or Computer Science and see what kind of apps students could build or discoveries they could find in the data.


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