[Hpr] Queue Status, Backup Shows, and Prioritization Systems (oh my)

Charles Thayer catintp at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 22 06:18:58 PDT 2013

I'm horribly slow at releasing my shows, so I am in position to tell everyone else what to do.  But my opinion is that the backup shows seem to be giving us an excuse for procrastination.   

Let's release the backup shows, and use the next couple of weeks to start recording shows of our own.  I have two episodes that I'm editing right now.

If I can do shows on maths, that pretty much opens up the field of acceptable content. 

Charles in NJ

 From: Ken Fallon <ken at fallon.ie>
To: epicanis+hpr at dogphilosophy.net; hpr at hackerpublicradio.org 
Sent: Monday, October 21, 2013 12:15 PM
Subject: Re: [Hpr] Queue Status, Backup Shows, and Prioritization Systems (oh my)

On 2013-10-21 17:57, epicanis+hpr at dogphilosophy.net wrote:

> Has the unthinkable ever been thought? ie: That perhaps, two (or more) shows
> could release on the same day?
Oh, boy, has it ever :-)
Before the relatively recent rework of the queuing system, this would come up as a suggestion from various people (including me) for times when there were two months worth of shows in the queue and anyone who wasn't new could easily end up going through the work of making an episode and then not having anybody here it for three months or more.
Now that the rework is done, this is much less of an issue. Sometimes it could still end up being months before a show pops up in the RSS/Atom feed, but now it can be heard immediately directly from the website.
(And while the official Hacker Public Radio feed doesn't, probably will never, and perhaps shouldn't ever release more than one episode in a day, there's now nothing stopping someone else from creating a separate feed that pops up however many they want to present in a day.)
Actually we only "release" one show a work week day but all the future shows are available in the rss feed for anyone that wants them as soon as they are scheduled. 

The first time run: 

Then run 
to get all shows as they get added to the queue.

> The backup shows are the only shows I'll never get to listen to, unless the
>> queue empties.
>That's a good point, though. All of the regular shows now get assigned an episode number as soon as they are uploaded and therefore become available for listening as soon as any necessary transcoding is done.
>The "backup" shows by definition haven't been assigned an episode number yet because they're for "backup" - they get assigned a number and shoved into the queue in emergency situations where there is no regular episode available (i.e. probably this week :-) ). 
>Perhaps the backup shows could have a page of their own where they can be found, with <audio> tags and so forth to be listened to before they've become official HPR episodes? (Or is their hidden nature intentional i.e. "this episode I made is stupid, so I don't want anyone to hear it unless there is no other option"? I could imagine myself making an episode like that...)
Right now the backup shows are a big comfey blankey that the HPR
    community have to know that if everything is used up then these
    shows are there so I don't need to record a show. I believe that
    scheduling them all will place the responsibility for the queue back
    with the HPR Community. It will further democratise HPR and reduce
    the responsibility and importance of the "admin" role.

Are you with me !!!!


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