Ello Tip: Profile "Pages" -- Post Indexes, FAQs, or Whatevs
The constant at Ello is change. Which means that after a while you find that there are capabilities you didn't realize existed.
While Ello doesn't have special purpose "pages" such as FAQs, a Profile "About" page, post index pages, or bookmarks, its everyday posts are powerful enough, especially if you make use of Markdown, to create complex pages.
Some recent changes have also:
- Increased the size of your Ello account "bio" section.
- Enabled use of links within the bio.
I realized this when I saw that @ferdiz had created an Ello index-post for his account.
As I moderate the @ellogreen community, I took advantage of this to create a FAQ for it.
Again: it's simply an Ello post, but I've named it "ElloGreen FAQ", and put a link to it in the ElloGreen account bio.
I've also wanted to create an index of my own posts.
@verreaux has been doing this by maintaining a terse but clickable post index, and frequently posting updates of how many posts are available by topic. Which means that I usually see their account's index posts, not actual content....
My thought was to create a more structured page with the title (or lede lines) and possibly a brief description of my posts, grouped roughly by category.
The result is long (and again, my apologies for those who had it show up in their streams today, but it should be just this once), but: Dr. Ed Morbius's Ello Post Index & Desiderata....
I'm using Markdown's headers to break out sections hierarchically. Ello's stock style doesn't distinguish these, but they really are HTML headers <h1>, <h2>, ..., <h6> in there, and with the right CSS styling, the different header levels are distinguished.
You can create named links like this:
[Link text or description](http://url-to-source.example.com)
That will render like this:
Link text or description
This is a manual process
I don't have an automated way of harvesting URLs and titles. It's quite likely that using Ello's data export features this would be possible, but the point here is to curate selected posts of interest.
Extending the concept
There are other documents you could create, or other ways to divide them up. For example: post topics could each be split to their own page, reducing the overall size of this document.
Or I could create other pages as, say, bookmarks, offering a curation capability. So long as I can link that from my account homepage, I can find that fairly readily (or I could bookmark it from my browser).
It would be possible to create a primitive, single-contributor wiki. Simply designate posts to be index or article pages, and cross-reference them. I may make use of that myself.
And since the pages themselves are posts, others can comment on them.
Have fun with it.