OK. I can't make up my mind whether we are stuck or have derailed ourselves. Why don't we pause for a while and take a look at what we have done so far.
Fast forward >> and I have narrowed down quite a bit on my own little experiments on my localhost. One, I am convinced that hosting the group's site will always be better than the free online services. Two, a gallery is good but it falls short of what I had originally envisioned. Three, from what I have tried on my localhost, I have found out a couple of things - groupware and modular.
Most groupware I have tried were overkill for what is intended for the group. I created and deleted databases, downloaded, installed, experimented and removed collab softwares, and it struck me. We didn't need features like inventories, chat, e-carts, imaps, pop3s, etc. but most of what I tested had this built in and would take Merlin Whitewolf's superior sorcery to turn it closer to the simplistic UI we've talked about. Then I noticed that some of the tools I downloaded were actually modular - stuff that we won't need are removed.
I have a couple that I will be restesting, so I am calling on you guys again. If you have installed a local server on your machines, sourceforge is a good place to start ... search for web tools that we could consider using. This could be what we are looking for.
Just to give you an example of one of the tools I will be retesting - http://www.simple-groupware.de/
- and you might be overwhelmed by all the stuff in it but picture it with most of its features removed leaving only stuff we would use.
What do you think?Also, I also would like to reaffirm that we have agreed that the project will be offsite but request, exhibits, sharing will be in the main forum.