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  • Axion Shareholders Group Website Development Blog 15 comments
    Dec 26, 2011 6:56 PM

    I have created a draft website placeholder to help organize and index data from the Axion Concentrators and other sources about Axion Power International, stock symbol AXPW.OB  The website is here:

    This blog has been created to allow members of the Axion Concentrators post their ideas about the purposes, content and struture of the website. The comments herein will be useful to the ultimate design and creation of the website. I offer to create and manage the website and additional volunteer website editors and creators will be offered an opportunity to participate in the design and management of the site. 

    Someone has to be in charge of the creation and editing of the website and I nominate myself for the moment. However, I intend to listen to and respect the wishes of a majority of the members. If desired we could name additional inviduals to the task of managing and oversite of the website and make it a collaborative effort. 

    The key thing is to keep it simple. Remember the website can be restructured or edited easily in Google Sites. That makes creation and management and changes easy to make. I wish it were that simple in my past experience managing a large ecommerce website that cost 10's of thousands of dollars, outside design and coding consultants, and thousands of manhours to develop amd manage.

    I look forward to your comments. Doing this right will take some time. Proper plannng is the key to executing a well designed website and I expect this process will take a while to gell. If this instapost doesn't meet the needs of accomplishing its intent then I will just blow it away and find a better means of our collaboration. 

    Below were comment excepts from Concentrator members useful to have handy:

    So it is going to be a relatively simple website that has basic info about Axion, PbC and Axion share holders and then tons of links to important article, video clips, pdf storage area....right?

    1. Sound like a good idea. Is it easy though to categorize those many links and to do updating(adding new links)? 

    2. It also should include link to this Concentrator and make sure all the comment, discussion should keep going on at current Maya's Concentrator.

    3. If someone googles "Axion" or "PbC" and then the title"Axion Power Shareholders Group" comes up on first page, it is going to get attention, I think.

    Just my 2 cents.

    In the disclaimer, I would be partial to "informal association" over "loose confederation".

    Maybe picky, but ...

    I like the concept, but, like JP, worry about "fragmentation".

    ISTM that the all the things that point to activities here at SA, with various ordered list available, might be the most powerful aspect.

    General: chronological with article and concentrator links, occasional *important* (i.e. very informative) links directly to comments regardless of "home" container. Repetition is avoided. Other orderings: main topics, business segments, "milestone completions", ...

    Storage, ...

    Transportation, ...

    Alt energy, ...


    Ease maintenance chores by have a few very active participants maintain different sections and back-up folks for when real life gets in the way of our fantasy.

    I think the strength of organizing the site along these lines is that folks that have specific interests would find the site more useful and, I presume, a structure that raises ranking could also be applied.

    All that considered, I think a "forum" there would not be needed. New participants could come right here and participate.

    Counter: I would *love* to have a "message board" format with *true* threading and a much better search capability than SA has been able to provided thus far. If the forum could have the sub-categories *and* an "everything from any forum" category, it might be absolutely "perfecto"!


    Tim Enright

    I enjoy the concentrators because they are "live" and flow according to the current events from the news, SA articles or questions raised from comments. It's a beautiful thing.

    My suggestion for an "unofficial" Axion web site would be to point back to the resource that brought us along to where we are today - the information rich archives of SA. An index of annotated links that provides guidance to the information that has already been posted.

    Start with an "About" section with notes and links that tell the Axion story and the product.

    A "Articles" section with notes and links to all the articles and press releases that have been written about Axion.

    A "Blog" section with direct links to all 37+ concentrators with a summary of each. Although it might be difficult to do, it would help a great deal when it comes to non-encyclopedic minds such as mine. It could be as simple as a keyword list.

    A categorized "Links" section for quick reference to all the other useful information that relates to Axion and the markets it serves.

    It is the journey that is important to me. Let’s just create a map marking out the territory and let each person follow their own path. 

    Just a thought… 


    Excerpt:  Fantastic. I think there should be a place to "park" or archive pertinent Axion related information as the story of AXPW unfolds. Hopefully, down the road someday, the chapters of unfolding information will come at us with increasing alacrity, such that we will likely need several people working concurrently to choose (or rate) what's "goes in," or not. We may already be at that stage now.

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  • bangwhiz
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    Author’s reply » Pianomanshi> "Is it easy though to categorize those many links and to do updating(adding new links)? "


    Yes, duck soup. As simple as typing one line in the webpage while in edit mode..
    26 Dec 2011, 08:49 PM Reply Like
  • Tim Enright
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    Bang: instead of publishing the full index of Maya's instablogs on the Google page we could just publish a link to his Full Index:



    This would reduce maintenance and his efforts to groom the title and themes would show through. I suspect we will be in the tripple digits on his blog before the end of 2012...
    27 Dec 2011, 12:23 PM Reply Like
  • bangwhiz
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    Author’s reply » Yes, I had already proposed the link you suggested to Mayascribe in an email. The homepage would have a headline that read something like "For the latest news and discussion see the most current Axion Concentrator!
    28 Dec 2011, 05:41 PM Reply Like
  • siliconhillbilly
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    Excellent start, Bang. Thanks.
    27 Dec 2011, 01:13 PM Reply Like
  • f-kru
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    bangwhiz, I've been playing with the idea myself and started writing a little link spider. It's way to cumbersome to add links manually.
    I would get rid of the missing statement and just provide a link directory with some curation / categorization and link back to SA. Keeping it simple.
    Plus an additional section for official news from Axion, SEC filings etc.
    Drop me a line and I'll give you my email adress if you like.
    29 Dec 2011, 04:33 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Bang: Please be advised that all content on Seeking Alpha, Seeking Alpha holds copyrights to.


    I don't believe linking any of the Concentrators is an issue; happens all the time from other social investing websites. But linking individual comments posted on SA is a legal infraction.


    I'm sure you already know this, but I felt compelled to make sure you know this.


    Really appreciate what you are doing, as it will augment the Concentrators, not fragment them.
    2 Jan 2012, 04:53 PM Reply Like
  • f-kru
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    Maya, why should linking to individual comments on SA be a problem?
    I think it is quite the opposite, anything that drives traffic to SA they would be happy about! The Terms of Use even say: "You may link to any content on the Site."
    For the link spider I'm imagining I would show the link posted plus a link to the comment on SA. I don't think this is a problem either (Google does pretty much the same), but I'd feel better getting permission from SA.
    3 Jan 2012, 03:54 AM Reply Like
  • bangwhiz
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    Author’s reply » Mayascribe: I've been pulling links from comments by Concentrator and posting them with a brief overview. Based of the comments you made about linking individual comments posted on SA being a legal infraction it would seem what I am doing would be a copy right infringement. Do you agree? .
    4 Jan 2012, 07:56 PM Reply Like
  • bangwhiz
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    Author’s reply » If they don't like what I am doing I am sure they will let me know. I'm not going to sweat it. I would only drive traffic into SA, not away from it. I will make sure there is a contact and webmaster link.
    3 Jan 2012, 09:27 AM Reply Like
  • jakurtz
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    The site is looking great Bang. Really great stuff to have all that info in one place. Thanks again.
    3 Jan 2012, 01:10 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Bang: I second jakurtz!


    --You may want to include Envision Solar under "Axion News And Intelligence."


    --There are a two spacing gaps in the "About Us" section, in the first paragraph. Also, after, "Inc." should be a comma, i.e. "Inc.,"


    --Also, and I don't know if this will work or not (or if you want it to work, or not), if you write www. (ignore spacing after www.) rather than, a direct link to the website should pop up in blue type.


    --Missing period at the end of the second "About Us" paragragh.


    --Another spacing gap appears after Mayascribe before the comma in the "Notes and More From Axion's Shareholder Conference."


    --Perhaps you should also plunk in TG's interview at the top of the latest Concentrators?


    --What's happend to Kirk Tiereny? Hmmm.


    That's all I see for now.


    Great work, bang!
    3 Jan 2012, 01:27 PM Reply Like
  • froggey77
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    Something I have wanted a few times is a grouping of John"s articles such a grid energy.
    Not only for myself but when a newbie asks a question it would be much easier to find what was said.


    Looks good Bang.
    3 Jan 2012, 04:49 PM Reply Like
  • 481086
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    If it doesn't exist already (can't quite remember) a collation of all of TG's phonecall answers and remarks arising from the last conference call would be very valuable and useful. I know TG called several Axionistas back and answered many questions put to him. Are all his answers (as best they could be remembered/transcribed) already found in one place?
    4 Jan 2012, 08:04 PM Reply Like
  • battman
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    Looks good. It's amazing, we've had so much information over the months that what you've highlighted is probably only a fraction of what could be there. Thanks for the effort.
    4 Jan 2012, 08:09 PM Reply Like
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    Bang: Beneath was pasted in from Seeking Alpha's "Terms of Use," all of which can be found under said name at the bottom right hand corner of the SA Homepage. I pasted in those that may hold concern, or not. I'm not a copyright attorney.


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