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Was wondering if anyone knew of a good "status page" that I could use or point me in the correct direction, without having to rewrite a bunch of code for our organization?

Basically, it would be a page with a text area to post and update.

Anyone in the organization should be able to post, as this is an internal only tool.

We just want to have a centralized place to get a status of updates. I know I could do this with my own code, but I don't exactly have a bunch of free time and wanted to know if there was a way to do this with tools already out there.

I've already tried wordpress, but that requires you to have a user login to have permissions to post. I literally want it to be public, almost like a wiki, only more along the lines of twitter (update->post->everyone sees - without any form of authentication)

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It really sounds like you should just run a simple wiki for this. If the website is internal-only then you don't really have to worry about spam. Set up something like PmWiki and leave it wide open for anyone to update. You should probably also set up email notifications just to make sure nobody accidentally erases a page or posts bogus data.

PmWiki is a good choice because it's dead simple to set up and stores all data in text files so you don't even need to configure a database to use it.

I understand that doesn't give you exactly what you want, in that it requires free-form editing of the wiki page. As an alternative to that you could set up a PmWiki form so users could just type in the update and choose 'post' to make it appear on the page in list format.

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There are also open source status page dashboards like http://www.stashboard.org/ that you can utilize.

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Looks like a good tool, although I don't know if it meets the OP's criteria of not needing a password to edit. –  Phil Hollenback Apr 20 '11 at 21:04
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How about yourworldoftext? I think you can restrict it to members only.

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I do not want it member based. I want it completely open. –  drewrockshard Apr 20 '11 at 19:50
    
Well you can have it be open to everyone, but since it's on the net, that means I could see your wall. –  GregD Apr 20 '11 at 21:29
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There are services dedicated to hosting system status pages such as Status.io.

(Disclosure: I am the founder of Status.io)

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