Talk:Meetinghouse technology

Should we remove the word meetinghouse from the headings on this page that contain it? It seems redundant to me. -Paulscherbel 18:34, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

In most cases I would agree. The two cases where I would leave the word "Meetinghouse" is in the case of "Meetinghouse Webcast" and "Meetinghouse Internet", which are used as proper nouns and describe specific technologies. We are not describing webcasts in general, which might be accomplished with SlingBoxes or other technologies, but rather the official and specific technology called "Meetinghouse Webcast"; the same with "Meetinghouse Internet." -- Aebrown 18:41, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
I am OK with that as well, as long as we use the "(meeinghouse)" standard to show context where needed. For example, "Meetinghouse computers" would become "Computers (meetinghouse)". This would be for much the same reason as Alan states above - we would not be talking about computers in general, but would be talking specifically about those in a meetinghouse. Since there is no product called "Meetinghouse computers" it doesn't make sense to refer to it in that way. - Ken 19:10, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

Format of Page

In response to "should each section be a bullet list, as seen in the "Broadcast", "Communication" and "Media" sections - or paragraph form as seen in "Supporting..." section. Or, a mixture?"

I vote for bulleted list out of these options. Though I prefer the other idea presented: something to the tune of when someone comes to this page we have tiles that represent different types of things that people coming here may want and then these tiles link to new more detailed pages.

I'm leaning towards making the Communications and Facilities just be MH Internet with the same subheadings that you find at that page. Perhaps Broadcast Services should be broadened to Media Services. Media and Computers could become just Hardware. And leave tech support. Just my intitial thoughts.

-Paulscherbel 19:50, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

I agree with a bulleted list. This page acts like a portal, and it should be easy to jump from here to another area. The one section that is currently in paragraph form doesn't accomplish that particular goal. You have to read through a bunch of text, and pick out the links, which really slows you down. If you do need a paragraph of text, then perhaps that is an indication that the section header itself (such as the "Supporting technology..." section) should link to a page, which can provide the information needed.
As for the section titles, I have always been quite uncomfortable with "Meetinghouse Media." The bulk of the articles in that category are related to computers, and I just don't think of computers in that category, so the Category:Meetinghouse media isn't working well right now. I know it's a slippery slope, since Computers are related to Projectors, which are related to TVs, and now you're in the realm of media. But computers by themselves just don't feel like media. "Hardware" could work, but hardware is involved heavily in the Communications area as well. Perhaps "Computers and peripherals" would cover printers, projectors, and even photocopiers. Then TVs could go to Media Services. -- Aebrown 20:28, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Missing topics

As I think about a Stake Technology Specialist coming to this page for information, there are several topics that I believe are missing from this main page. Here are the things I can think of as of now:

  • Satellite (basic connection info, simple troubleshooting, etc)
  • Printers (troubleshooting, purchase, replacement, etc)
  • Facilities (web-enabled devices, such as HVAC systems, etc)

Are there others that we are missing? - Ken 20:26, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

As an STS I spend a good chunk of my time on some topics that aren't mentioned:
  • Computers (there is a heading for Meetinghouse Media, but only some random computer topics -- I repeat my claim that the term "Meetinghouse Media" just doesn't encompass computers in the minds of most people). An STS spends a fair amount of time with computers, so it should be addressed more directly
  • Sound system issues (setting up microphones, using the EJ-8 or EJ-10, use of various jacks in the chapel, technology for hearing-impaired)
  • Connecting a camera to the correct jack and sending the video signal to other places in the building
  • Photocopiers (some issues similar to printers, but many others are different)
Of the list of omissions above, I would heartily agree with Satellite and Printers, but Facilities is not in my realm (perhaps because our older buildings have no Web-enabled devices). I also appreciate the links that are already present for networking, wireless, Internet, and firewalls. -- Aebrown 21:27, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

Dnvrdan from Tacloban Stake, Philippines: I suggest a topic "Handheld Devices" for helpful hints to set up various church owned connections for personal devices used for saving printing costs, as described in the Meetinghouse Technology Newsletter, July 2011 under the heading "Tips and Tricks". It would seem a separate wireless system would be needed to allow access to members without allowing access to other things, especially the ward computer sensitive data. I use an older model Pocket PC for scriptures and ereader. WIFI would be a great addition, if, or when allowed.

Another topic "Assistance for Hearing Disabled" could address ways to assist those who have a hard time hearing the sacrement or conference talks. A weak FM signal could be used or something from more recent technology. Many people have portable FM receivers, even in cell phones. Hearing disabled could be provided with listening devices upon request each meeting that this capability is offered. I would even appreciate it when I am seated near a child who cannot be controlled quietly. I am sure the elderly would apreciate such devices and attend meetings more often. Those "shut in elderly" living nearby the chaple might enjoy hearing the meeting audio.

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