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 [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2007, 17:43
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As far as customizable front page is concerned, we can allow users to go and define what they would like to see on the front page of GMATClub. I.e., when they enter http://www.gmatclub.com, they should be able to add items that interest them or delete items that they find irrelevant. For example, while studying for GMAT, they can add 'widgets' for GMAT preparations, challenges, include only forum topics related to GMAT show up in small widgets (porbably in form of group boxes) on the front page. Once they are done with GMAT, they can recustomize the fornt page to include application related contents - Forum topics related to admissions, Blog management Widgets, RSS feed from BW and other application sites etc. Finally once they matriculate, they can include post admission related widgets.

We in GMAT Club can predefine some widgets like:
- Challenges
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- Personal Shedule for GMAT
- Schedule for admissions
- Essay Topics
- Current Admissions status like admissions 411
- Generic Widgets to read RSS from other sites like BW etc

We can use Javascript (AJAX) and cookies to help create these widgets and allow GMATClub members to customize the page!

P.S: A look place to understand the concept would be customizable Gooogle homepage or Microsoft's Live.com.


Those are some ideas ideas there. thanks for taking the time to explain this to us.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2007, 17:44
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A "printable version" button in the forum would be nice. There's some valuable info in there that I'd like to print for later use when I'm not at my pc.


Great idea, especially if we allow users to choose the forum items and put them in a basket and then at the end generate a PDF file with the contents from the items selected!
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2007, 00:41
I have seen them be a disaster, and I have seen them be a great success, but it might be worth considering a GMAT wiki to try and archive all of the questions / answers that have been discussed on here.

Almost a way to allow people to build a second interface, but will make the cross linking of ideas a whole lot easier.

I am not too great on the software side of this, but have been involved in building wiki's before. If you link editing rights to the login, it should be relatively safe for avoiding vandalism as well.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2007, 09:56
I would like to see more financial aid information. If we could have a place for people to post their basic stats (gender, race, gmat, gpa, work exp) and what kind of scholarship offers they have gotten, it would be very useful.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2007, 14:52
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I have seen them be a disaster, and I have seen them be a great success, but it might be worth considering a GMAT wiki to try and archive all of the questions / answers that have been discussed on here.

Almost a way to allow people to build a second interface, but will make the cross linking of ideas a whole lot easier.

I am not too great on the software side of this, but have been involved in building wiki's before. If you link editing rights to the login, it should be relatively safe for avoiding vandalism as well.


A wiki could be awesome - if people updated it...
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2007, 15:15
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A "printable version" button in the forum would be nice. There's some valuable info in there that I'd like to print for later use when I'm not at my pc.


This is scheduled to be part of our next update.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2007, 15:19
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MBA_Bound wrote:
A "printable version" button in the forum would be nice. There's some valuable info in there that I'd like to print for later use when I'm not at my pc.


Great idea, especially if we allow users to choose the forum items and put them in a basket and then at the end generate a PDF file with the contents from the items selected!


Interesting idea again. Have you seen this implemented on any website?
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2007, 15:26
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3underscore wrote:
I have seen them be a disaster, and I have seen them be a great success, but it might be worth considering a GMAT wiki to try and archive all of the questions / answers that have been discussed on here.

Almost a way to allow people to build a second interface, but will make the cross linking of ideas a whole lot easier.

I am not too great on the software side of this, but have been involved in building wiki's before. If you link editing rights to the login, it should be relatively safe for avoiding vandalism as well.


A wiki could be awesome - if people updated it...


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thanks for the feedback. It certainly seems worthwhile to spend some time with it. I certainly dont know much about this. We will have to learn more about what the wiki can do that our forum currently cannot.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2007, 15:29
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I would like to see more financial aid information. If we could have a place for people to post their basic stats (gender, race, gmat, gpa, work exp) and what kind of scholarship offers they have gotten, it would be very useful.


Interesting idea. Will spend some time looking at possible ways to integrate this into the profile.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2007, 16:04
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rhyme wrote:
3underscore wrote:
I have seen them be a disaster, and I have seen them be a great success, but it might be worth considering a GMAT wiki to try and archive all of the questions / answers that have been discussed on here.

Almost a way to allow people to build a second interface, but will make the cross linking of ideas a whole lot easier.

I am not too great on the software side of this, but have been involved in building wiki's before. If you link editing rights to the login, it should be relatively safe for avoiding vandalism as well.


A wiki could be awesome - if people updated it...


3underscore

thanks for the feedback. It certainly seems worthwhile to spend some time with it. I certainly dont know much about this. We will have to learn more about what the wiki can do that our forum currently cannot.


Well, rather than have tons of stickied threads that are filled with useful posts inbetween replies and comments, a wiki could centralize some of that key information.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2007, 19:53
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I have seen them be a disaster, and I have seen them be a great success, but it might be worth considering a GMAT wiki to try and archive all of the questions / answers that have been discussed on here.

Almost a way to allow people to build a second interface, but will make the cross linking of ideas a whole lot easier.

I am not too great on the software side of this, but have been involved in building wiki's before. If you link editing rights to the login, it should be relatively safe for avoiding vandalism as well.


Fantastic Idea!
I'll check what needs to be done to make it happen.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2007, 20:15
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sm176811 wrote:
MBA_Bound wrote:
A "printable version" button in the forum would be nice. There's some valuable info in there that I'd like to print for later use when I'm not at my pc.


Great idea, especially if we allow users to choose the forum items and put them in a basket and then at the end generate a PDF file with the contents from the items selected!


Interesting idea again. Have you seen this implemented on any website?


Yeah the tourism webpage for Austria has it.

The URL: http://www.austria.info/xxl/_site/us/_a ... /home.html

You can view pages; as you view pages, you can add them to the 'suitcase' and then goto the suitcase to print everything as a single PDF file!

Pretty neat!
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2007, 21:09
Another strategic suggestion:

Though this is a 'GMAT'-club, there are people talking about admissions and other MBA related topics! It would be nice if we morph the focus and the name gradually to 'GMAT and MBA club' or something that suggests that the site includes topics outside GMAT.

'GMAT Club' is like a brandname that is popular in the MBA community, so we have to be very careful on how we execute this, and ensure that we do not dilute the brandname and drive away people! The process is almost like the re-branding of a company!

Perhaps, it should be a multi-phase process:
1. Decide on the long term name and vision for the club.
2. Register a new domian with the name but point to the current GMAT Club website.
3. In a few months: Change the logo to still say 'GMAT Club', but possibly add a caption below like 'Club for GMAT and MBA enthusiasts' or something similar. At the same time start adding some MBA related tools as described above.
4. After few more months: Change the Main logo to reflect the broader focus of the club.

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The reason why GMAT club is popular is because GMAT enthusiasts (the first step for admissions into an MBA program) come here, spend a lot of time and eventually get attached to the site.

The core 'competency'/aim should still be focussed around attracting GMAT enthusiast, at the early stage of the MBA admissions process to retain the club's competitive advantage.

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 [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2007, 00:44
rhyme wrote:
Praetorian wrote:
rhyme wrote:
3underscore wrote:
I have seen them be a disaster, and I have seen them be a great success, but it might be worth considering a GMAT wiki to try and archive all of the questions / answers that have been discussed on here.

Almost a way to allow people to build a second interface, but will make the cross linking of ideas a whole lot easier.

I am not too great on the software side of this, but have been involved in building wiki's before. If you link editing rights to the login, it should be relatively safe for avoiding vandalism as well.


A wiki could be awesome - if people updated it...


3underscore

thanks for the feedback. It certainly seems worthwhile to spend some time with it. I certainly dont know much about this. We will have to learn more about what the wiki can do that our forum currently cannot.


Well, rather than have tons of stickied threads that are filled with useful posts inbetween replies and comments, a wiki could centralize some of that key information.


The tons of stickied threads reminds me.. Hope this might be better for navigation..

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=41908
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2007, 05:40
bb / praetorian

I would be happy to help out with a wiki if it was something you are considering.

I think it would be especially handy for old threads on the GMAT topics where, in amongst the lot of discussion, there was a clear answer. I that way it would be a very good resource for the newcomer to find their way around the topics covered.

Maybe you want to work on a draft / concept wiki to see how it works (it sounds like bb is familiar with the system and has a few ideas though!).

Anyway - give me a shout if needed
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2007, 23:05
It would be nice if we could have an email for technical support. Does anyone know how to use PM's? It was working for a while for me, but for some reason, now all my PM's are staying in the Outbox and not being sent.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2007, 23:12
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It would be nice if we could have an email for technical support. Does anyone know how to use PM's? It was working for a while for me, but for some reason, now all my PM's are staying in the Outbox and not being sent.


I replied to your PM.

PM's stay in your outbox until they are viewed by the intended recipient. Its acts like a return receipt, if you will.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2007, 23:51
Ohh! Ok, no wonder. Hahah, sorry about that. I'm fairly new to this message board.
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