[theforum] weo signoff

Richard Bennett richard.bennett at skynet.be
Fri Mar 4 05:02:04 CST 2005

On Friday 04 March 2005 01:48, Martin Burns wrote:
> On Fri, March 4, 2005 12:23 am, Richard Bennett said:
> Hi Richard - glad to have you aboard.
> > It sounds like it is using the default drupal 'basic' document
> > moderation. I was at the Drupal conference in Brussels last week, and one
> > excellent talk
> > was given by John van Dyck, where he outlined the workflow and actions
> > modules.
> > This allows building arbitary worflows (using your own defined terms)
> > depending on the task at hand, and allows you to attach actions to the
> > transition between states.
> > You can set which states are allowed to transition to which other ones,
> > who
> > has access to which states, and what actions are to be taken when a
> > transition happens. (Send email, publish to user-group etc)
> >
> > http://drupal.org/project/workflow
> > http://drupal.org/project/actions
> Yes, we have those installed. And we tried it. But:
> 1) The range of available actions isn't sufficient (can't remember off the
> top of my head what we were missing), and we didn't have anyone with time
> to code new ones.
Hhhm, as you can change an articles state, it's author, and send email it 
looks like most things should be covered...
The only thing I can't immediately find is how an admin could send custom 
feedback to the author... preset messages are no problem though.

> 2) Available actions aren't restricted by role.
No, but they can only be triggered by transitioning from one state to the 
next, and the roles who are allowed to perform these transitions CAN be 
restricted, so I don't think that should be a problem.

> If I'm missing something, let me know. The current workflow is documented
> at http://wiki.evolt.org/index.php/Workflow
Wow... whasat? it's big.

The main difference is that in this setup the actions are attached to a state, 
while the Drupal workflow attaches the action to the transition between 2 
states, which allows easier diagramming of the workflow.

I should add that I tried the current setup, and it's actually not that bad. 
As a regular user I cannot aprove my own post, and the process was pretty 
I would change 2 things though:
The 25 word minimum req didn't work, I had to put in about 40 words before it 
accepted it.
The checkboxes to choose who can view or edit my post should remain hidden 
from the regular user, and be admin-only.



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