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    Free Web Based Noticeboard Software

    Does anybody know of any software which can be used to submit notice's to. Just simple things that staff can email items to - something along the lines of posterous but I need to be able to host it internally for confidentiality reasons - although they shouldn't put confidential information on.

    Something Just so staff can say Assembly Today is Cancelled etc.

    also an added functionailty would be to have it be auto-removed after a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    Does anybody know of any software which can be used to submit notice's to.
    Not offhand, but it doesn't sound difficult to write - you've just got to have something which checks an email address every minute or so and updates an HTML file appropriatly.

    How would you have it handle security? An open email address to which anyone could just post anything might get interesting if the children work out the address. You could have the application only accept emails from username@yourdomain.whatever where "username" is also in a given Active Directory security group. You could also have people include a password at the start of the email, but I'm guessing that would confuse some people (they'd forget the password, they'd forget to put the password in the first place, they'd put it at the end not the start of the email, etc).

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    I don't think i would have an open email address - probably setup a mailbox in Exchange then restrict sending to a group - Say the all staff group on the mailbox properties.

    I didn't want to have to code one myself but if push comes to shove then I will! More me not being bothered to do so!

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    Why not just use something like WordPress blog? Can be installed within minutes and I'm sure it has email to post option.

    Post to your blog using email WordPress Codex

    You can set timeout on your articles etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    Why not just use something like WordPress blog? Can be installed within minutes and I'm sure it has email to post option.

    Post to your blog using email WordPress Codex

    You can set timeout on your articles etc.
    i'll give that a go see how I get on - cheers

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    I looked at wordpress but don't have pop3 support so can't use that.

    I'm thinking of just coding one myself - to be honest i've looked into it and just thinking creating a form to submit to a table in mysql and then set up a php page to display first 20 posts which have not expired.

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    Would you be willing to share it if you did make one?

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    I can do - I'ts not going to be complicated. Just a few simple php scripts and a database. I'll pm you the info once its finished if you like

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    That would be great!

    We have an area on our main page that would be better if it was dynamic. All it does is house text so this sounds perfect!

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    I've got it working in chrome - just IE doesn't like it yet!

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    Always the way! :-)

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    Doesnt SIMS have a notice board area ?

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    It does but it's a faff to have to login, then launch SIMS. Plus some of our curriculum machines which staff use more frequently don't have SIMS on then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    It does but it's a faff to have to login, then launch SIMS. Plus some of our curriculum machines which staff use more frequently don't have SIMS on then.
    Exactly that - plus its extra strain on sims. I'm hoping this sort of thing will remove the need for all staff emails. We can then restrict who can send all staff emails.

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