I have some family members who have been asking for a family website wherewith they can assemble both family history information and upload pictures (sometimes with stories) and so forth in a friendly way. They seem to want some form of social interaction with the site as well for the stories and images. I believe the driving force behind wanting their own site is the creation of family community: they want to feel connected and to personally collaborate one with another in such ways that allow the family to feel more connected and solidarity with those within the immediate tree.
So far I have been at a loss in terms of finding an existing family history opensource solution. I've poked around at PhpGedView, but it's not very user friendly; neither does it offer some functionality that they'd like so it wound up a bust.
Is anyone familiar with some such already existing solution for personal family history or is this something that is lacking in the family history community at the moment?
Ultimately, if this does not exist I may be forced to write something myself in Ruby on Rails that integrates the features they'd like to see, but for the moment I'm hoping that something may exist to at least tide them over through the next reunion and perhaps longer.