I'm beta testing the new third-party apps platform that Ning will be rolling out soon and trying to decide which are right for us. At the moment, any app I add to the network will appear on every member's profile page (as well as the front page) so I need to choose carefully.

One of the more useful ones is a wiki, which you can see I've enabled in the tab above right (but haven't done anything with it yet). The question is what's the best use for it. Options include:

1) Use it for ArduPilot and Blimpduino documentation. (Paparazzi uses a wiki like this, but they're a stand-alone site, not a community).

2) Use it as a group-editable list of UAV resources, replacing my out of date list.

3) Use it for general how-to instructions, group created and group editable.

What do you think? Vote/discuss in the comments, please.

There are also a lot of other apps. The whole list is for beta testers but here are most of them in the most relevent, ecommerce, collaboration and communications:

Would any of these be useful for us? Remember that if I enable them they show up on every profile page, so we should pick only those with the broadest application. (This may change in the future, but it's the way apps work on Ning now)







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Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 16, 2009 at 11:18pm
I'm using Huddle. But am still not sure of its advantage over Google docs, either one would get my vote though.
Comment by tycinis on May 17, 2009 at 3:55am
Wiki for me .
Comment by Joseph Glanville on May 17, 2009 at 4:59am
Wiki will be great. :)
Comment by Nick Sargeant on May 17, 2009 at 5:08am
Wiki sounds the most useful.
Perhaps google docs could be used for documentation also?
Comment by Tom in NOVA on May 17, 2009 at 8:02am
Wiki and an Ecommerce application so one can post items wanted and for sale.

Ecommerce would be a good place to get rid of surplus parts, look for hard to find parts, buy kits. As a community we would need to police its members and set rules for transactions.
Comment by Howard Gordon on May 17, 2009 at 8:31am
A buy/sell/trade area of the forum would probably be easier to set up than a 3rd party app, though the concept is good.

This isn't on your list, but I'd like to see a different organization for the forum - the high level navigation page provides very little useful information in comparison to what you get from typical forum layouts.
Comment by Matt Fisher on May 17, 2009 at 9:29am
I am always down for a good wiki.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on May 18, 2009 at 1:04pm
Howard, I'm afraid I'm limited to the forum tools that Ning has. Or where you just thinking of more granular categories?
Comment by Mike Boland on May 18, 2009 at 1:24pm
I'll vote for Wiki...
Comment by Pokoleo on May 18, 2009 at 1:48pm
Sometimes a poll would be great. (What would you like to have worked on first: a or b?)


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