On a fairly frequent basis, I (and Jen Riehle) have to help resolve random website issues for sites hosted on campus. Generally, the remedy ticket comes in, we check it out, and try to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Sometimes it is very quick, but sometimes it takes a little longer because we were not the people who originally developed the website. It would be helpful if we could easily find the original developers, so either they could resolve the issue, or at least help point us in the right direction. This becomes quite necessary when dealing with graphics that need to be altered, or navigation that doesn't immediately make sense.
So, what I'm asking is for ideas on the best way to store this information. I'll pose this as the starter idea:
In the .htaccess file at the root of any ncsu website, add the following information as a commented section:
# Begin Author Information
# Date: (site launch date)
# Lead Author's Name (or multiple author names)
# Email Address:
# End Author Information
This way, it can be replicated on any website developed on campus, and can be found in the same place for any website at all. If you don't have an .htaccess file in the website you're developing because you're not creating any permissions or custom rules, then you can still put this information in there, and nothing else.
Anyway, there's a start. I'm open to new ideas, because at the end of the day, I'd like to have something standardized that all web developers on campus can follow without too much effort. Ideally, I don't want us to get bogged down with implementation issues or buy-in questions before we develop the template or method itself.