Drupal 7x:SpringNet Bulletin Network Service

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The Bulletin network service provides a way to broadcast notices, events and updates to the network in a distributed and near real-time fashion. It is tightly integrated into Drupal as a Content Type. Once a bulletin is posted to your Drupal site, your node will start broadcasting it. Being a Content Type means it is automatically categorised and handled by Drupal.

Currently it is only plaintext so won't support formatting.

Main Page[edit]

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To access the Main Page of the bulletin service select Content. This page will provide a list of the published bulletins (as well as other content types). Clicking selecting SpringNet Bulletin as a type and click filter will display all the bulletins. Each bulletin in the list can be edited or deleted by selecting the action from the hover menu.


New Post[edit]

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To create a new post, click on Add Content > SpringNet Bulletin. This will bring up a familiar interface for writing a post with a Title and Body. You can also tag the post using the Tag field. The Categories field provides a way of placing your posts into categories.

Clicking Save will tell the node to start broadcasting the post.


Content Blocks / Widgets[edit]

Latest Bulletins[edit]

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A content block widget that comes with the service is called Latest Bulletins. This widget displays all the bulletins broadcast on the network and can be placed on a page of the Drupal site. The widget also enables finer filtering by selecting tags.

Click on Administration > Structure > Blocks to bring up the Blocks page. There will be a block available called SpringNet Latest Bulletins which can be dragged over to a content location.


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Once placed and saved by clicking Save blocks, the widget configuration can be opened via the Configure link :

Network -- This is the network you wish to query. It will default to your current network (e.g. esusx) or you can enter one to your choosing.

Tags -- This is any tag filters you wish to send with the query

Limit -- This is the limit constraint you wish to send with the query


Explorer[edit]

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A widget that comes with the service is called Explorer. This widget shows bulletins that belong to a particular category. This provides a cleaner and more relevant way of viewing bulletins within an area. Clicking on a node's URI brings up their profile in a pop-up box.

Click on Administration > Structure > Blocks to bring up the Blocks page. There will be a block available called SpringNet Latest Bulletins which can be dragged over to a content location.


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Once placed and saved by clicking Save blocks, the widget configuration can be opened via the Configure link :

Network -- This is the network you wish to query. It will default to your current network (e.g. esusx) or you can enter one to your choosing.

Categories -- This sets the category tabs to show on the widget, each category is separated by a comma. By adding a category, it will allow the widget to request bulletins of that category. The reason why it isn't a fixed set of categories is because you may wish to select more relevant categories.


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