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Appropedia uses widgets from http://www.mediawikiwidgets.org/Main_Page.
It is possible to insert certain widgets into pages. Useful ones which have already been successfully used on Appropedia include:
|Widget||Widget Code||Used on page|
|SlideShare||Widget:SlideShare||Open Sustainability Humboldt/Veterans Day 2009|
|Vimeo||Widget:Vimeo||Six ways to die|
|Maps||Uses special extension (see Help:Maps). We are still looking for a better implementation.||User:Lonny|
|Google Custom Search||Widget:Google_Gadget||Public Domain Search|
|Google Gadget||Widget:Google_Gadget||Public Domain Search|
Widgets to look into
A small number of Google's OpenSocial widgets look useful. For example: (some of these links may not be the best ones.)
- http://www.mediawikiwidgets.org/Google_Maps there is no automatic interface
Some of the Wikispaces widgets look useful, in particular:
- RSS feed
- List of wiki pages (what kind of pages? E.g. from a category?)
- Discussion area (or is this a bad idea, to have yet another discussion area, on top of talk pages and the Forum?)
Encouraged and discouraged widgets
Some widgets are useful here, helping people to express who they are and network with like-minded people.
Some widgets (which ones?) may not serve a useful purpose here, may not help networking in the way we want, and are more likely to distract and take up people's time. If Facebook style games become available ("You have been bitten by Sue and turned into a vampire...!") these will be discouraged. (The Appropedia community might ban outright such widgets, but we can work out the details if it becomes an issue.)