[resolved] Potential WordPress.org Improvement Projects (76 posts)

  1. Dan Cole
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Otto asked the WPTavern a while ago about what they would change, which has some good ideas: Thought Experiment: WordPress.org.

    • Allowing WordPress.org users to recommend/favorite plugins and themes in their profile.
    • Tagging tickets, topics, and other pages so they can be aggregated, in order to improve the development of ideas.
    • Look at how BuddyPress.org does groups and forums. The WordPress community should be able to create groups in order to start projects and keep discussions collected.

    Once the teams are put together, it might be a good idea to allow the community to punt them ideas, after sifting through this topic, because it can be hard to build on ideas when they're all over the place.

  2. Mark McWilliams
    Posted 6 years ago #

    In general I'd agree with most of the ideas stated within the thread, and my thoughts of (at least the main areas) were left on my blog a week ago, for the fact nothing had been written in here! :)

    Summary of what I said though;

    • Start using WordPress throughout the site.
    • Please stop using MediaWiki, and switch the Codex over!
    • SINGLE LOGIN (Nuff said on that!)
    • Clean up, and organise Extend.
    • Our WordPress Profiles...?

    And yes, I'd like to help out in some way or another, wherever I possibly can ... but I'm not sure if I can fully dedicate hours upon hours each week, although I can be around!? (They call it life outside the interwebs apparently!)

    I'm here anyway, just give us a shout!

  3. Justin Shreve
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I saw a mention at one point about doing some meet up like functionality on WordPress.org so users/devs can plan meet ups on the site. I'm not sure how exactly it could all work but it is a good idea. I believe there is a events GSoC project as well.

  4. _KB_
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I saw that bbpress is now making a plugin instead of standalone install.
    So What should I do? I'm on the final stage to launch my site where I've used almost 100 plus bbpress standalone installs.

    So here are my question?
    1. Will New plugin meet my site's criteria?
    2. Will bbpress.org will closed after plugin's announcement?
    3. Will bbPress Standalone shutdown after plugin's availability?
    4. Can We will easily able to switch from standalone to plugin without data losing?
    5. is there a function to launch multiple boards like wpmu?
    because I'm using multiple installs for my various boards.
    6. will there need for integration specially ( cookies integration ) with this new plugin.
    7. what about bbPress plugins? after bbpress plugin version will they all useless?
    8. Or we will be able to use bbpress standalone plugins with bbpress plugin software?
    9. Should I launch my site or still wait for plugin availability?
    10. When this bbpress plugin version will be available for public?

    Do you people have answers for these questions?
    Do you people have any suggestions for my site?
    Do you people have any ideas how can I achieve bbpress multiuser like WPMU functionality? after plugin's availability??

    I'm really afraid, I really don't know what to do right now.
    I'm working on my site from almost last 10 months. I don't want to lose everything if this plugin will be launched, Is it possible? Because I was working with bbpress Standalone Version. :(

    I hope you people will guide me Now what to do....


  5. David Trower
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I'd be interested in helping with training and documentation. Most of these ideas are greatly needed for WordPress to become even better.

  6. mrmist
    Forum Janitor
    Posted 6 years ago #

    @ _KB_ it's probably best to start your own topic to discuss bbpress, possibly on the bbpress forums, as this topic has a specific purpose.

  7. Toru Miki
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I think this is a great idea. There are definitely some loose ends that needs to be tied.

    one suggestions for Web site content of wordpress.org:
    A page which contains links to .org related sites. ie. wordpress.tv, wordcamp, wp jobs ... as well as dev links like dev blog, etc. would be good. I just noticed some of these links at the footer, but no many people are gonna to notice that :-)
    I am not sure in other countries, but at least in Japan, although many know wordpress.org, most doesn't know these related sites exists. I think because simply the links aren't clear on this "official" .org site. A page with not just list of links, but with screenshot and short description of what these sites are will be, I think, particularly useful for newbies.

  8. James Huff
    Support Team Rep.
    Posted 6 years ago #


    - Free coffee subscriptions for volunteers who stay up way too late.

    Thank you for your consideration!

  9. Dan Cole
    Posted 6 years ago #

    How about some skeleton plugins that showcase the best practices of some of the general things that most plugins do, similar to the skeleton plugin for BuddyPress. Example plugins are better than tutorials in the Codex because you can download and activate them now, without writing your own plugin, and start messing around with the code. The plugin might include creating a widget, an options page, adding in JavaScript, using filter and action hooks, using nonce, creating a shortcode, and whatever else is commonly done or miss-done by plugin developers. The code could have documentation that links to tutorials if new developers need a more detailed explanation. Skeleton plugins allow new developers to see how chunks of code, with different functionality, go together to make a fully functional and well designed plugin.

  10. Xavier Borderie
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I'd like to suggest some things towards local communities.

    - improve local codepoet (/europe is hard to read by country, really, and doesn't bring a lot of information/verification it seems -- yes, I know how hard this can be).
    - have a local version of the job board on xx.wp.org.
    - biggest request: make it possible for local communities to easily integrate xx.wp.org tools (download page, showcase, potential job-board, potential improved codepoet) on their own domain (such as in a sub-domain), so as to not have their community spread on many sites.

  11. Brett
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I would love to help out in the Training aspect or the "Welcome to WordPress" portion. So count me in for that.

    I know in the beginning it is easy to become overwhelmed or get lost in the shuffle.

  12. I would love the ability to have a unified WordPress.org profile and some sort of trust ranking and community involvement ranking.

    On the MSDN forums (uggghh closed source I know) when a Microsoft developer provides support the users provide feedback on each issue that states if the problem was solved and a rating. Encouraging this type of feedback would help cleanse the forums of un-resolved issues and encourage more volunteers to follow through until the issue is resolved.

    How do we encourage users to provide feedback? We integrate everyone's WordPress.org profile into their WordPress dashboards. When you are logged in to your own install of WordPress you would be able to see threads you have started or that were recently responded to. All user activity across WordPress.org could be tracked and manged through their profile either logged on here or through their dashboard.

    Another idea for the users profile would be to add verified services ala the new Gravatar profiles.

    I would like to volunteer for any of the theme repository tasks and also anything involved with the support forums.

  13. To be more clear I would like to suggest a WordPress.org dashboard widget.

  14. Milan Dinić
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Another idea for the users profile would be to add verified services ala the new Gravatar profiles.

    Since there is Gravatar profiles data is public, there is no need for it, you can simply include it from over there.

  15. Dan Cole
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Any plans to support child-themes in the WordPress.org directory in some fashion, such as under a new parent theme tab? Here is an article on it: http://developdaly.com/wordpress/child-theme-inclusion-in-the-wordpress-directory/

  16. Doug Provencio
    Posted 6 years ago #

    On plugins:

    For legacy plugins, I like the idea of id'ing ones that haven't been updated after a certain period of time and of having an adoption program. Can that be separated further by the different reasons for non-updating: lack of time/interest/focus, functions of the plugin becoming folded into core, and hooks used in the plugin becoming deprecated? This is somewhat over my head technically, but is there a way to create a taxonomy of plugins by which hooks and other parts of the API they use, to make such sorting easier? Retroactively or starting now?

    Potential plugins -- can we create a there-oughta-be-a-plugin-for-that list?? Maybe from ideas marked as such in the Ideas Forum, direct requests, etc.

  17. curtismchale
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I'm up for helping out with pretty much any area. I see holes in docs, plugins, profiles... so where ever I'm needed is fine.

  18. dphiffer
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I have a very small, specific feature request for plugin pages: make readme files linkable with #hash-style URLs. The current readme syntax works something like this:

    == Section == -> <h3>Section</h3>

    Here's how I'd like it to work:

    == Section == -> <h3 id="Section">Section</h3>

  19. Brian Layman
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I would propose we also update the IRC chat log pages to allow it to:
    Show logs across ranges of dates
    Show dates with activity beyond joins/aways/returns/quits.
    Filter out all of the joins etc.

    It is really tedious to catch up on the slow channels.

  20. Chip Bennett
    Theme Review Admin
    Posted 6 years ago #

    +1 to Child Theme support in the Theme Repository!

  21. KrustyRuffle
    Posted 6 years ago #

    So many good ideas...

    For plugins/themes that are no longer maintained by their creators, it would be nice if there were a way to mark them as such along with the ability to add the reason why. It would also be nice if unsupported plugins/themes would show up as such in the admin pages of the users installs, possibly with an 'adopt this' link and/or a link to search for similar plugins/themes.

    I dearly love the idea of handbooks and tutorials as well as a forum reworking. Sorry I don't have many ideas for that.

  22. Dan Cole
    Posted 6 years ago #

    WordPress.org could create a forum for each plugin, similar to what BuddyPress does. I guess we do have tags, so maybe just a link to the tag from each plugin's directory page.

    We should allow plugin users to better use Trac. It would be cool if plugin authors and their users could use Trac in the same way Core does. Right now it's just doesn't feel the same, i.e. to much noise and not enough done for you filtering. If a plugin author wanted to use like core, there is a steep learning curve for new people. Linking to a plugins Trac could be better, e.g. link to new ticket for this plugin and link to a list of all open tickets for this plugin from the plugin's directory page.

  23. Dan Cole
    Posted 6 years ago #

    How about a PressThis like feature on every WordPress.org page. Visitors would be ask what their WordPress blog URL is or it would be fetched from their WordPress.org profile. Below that would be a quick summary of the page, which they could edit, and a publish button. It would then publish a new post on their website, linking to the article, codex, plugin, or theme page they were just reading. Some websites have twitter, Digg, Facebook, and other sharing links, why not make one that works for any WordPress install. The only difference is that you have to fill in your URL, instead of just redirecting to a predefined website. While it might seem redundant since all WordPress installs have PressThis, it would introduce people to the feature.

  24. Mark
    Posted 6 years ago #

    This is sort of tangentially related. The link between WordPress.org functionality and the Dashboard could benefit from some attention — I'm thinking especially of the plugin compatibility info. This idea proposes to show plugin compatibility of currently installed plugins with new WP version — data that is already there, but not easily available.

  25. Aaron
    Posted 6 years ago #

    All the forum suggestions are great. Would love to see those done.

    Also I would like to volunteer for learn.wordpress.org

    Id like to get involved in that if its creating tutorials, videos, or whatever is decided. I'm a certified instructor in the US Navy. :)

    Please contact me if you are looking for more help in this area.

  26. bmilne
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I'm a little late to the party, but definitely willing to help with the documentation, editing or writing. I was an editor/reporter with McClatchy newspapers for 10 years before leaving for the tech world ... and if there was one thing we did right in that time, it was use WP to power our blogs.
    I think it's great the WP community is taking a cycle off to address some of this stuff.
    Look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.
    I like the idea of bringing in WP news and the Twitter feeds to .org in hopes of making it a hub for WP news, events and happenings. That's what community is all about, right?

  27. MAVIC
    Posted 6 years ago #

    A huge improvement for the plugins and themes search function would be the ability to sort results. For example, sort by # of downloads, date updated, rating...

  28. Eric Martin
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I would *love* it if there was a feature for each plugin (or theme for that matter) that allowed users to upload their translations.

    As a plugin developer, I find it overwhelming to try and maintain all of the different languages and versions.

    It would allow the wonderful translators to upload their plugin and associate it to a certain version. It could work very similar to the current "does it work with version x" rating on the plugin page.

    It would be great if there was a rating and/or comment system too.

    Anyway, just a thought. Something I would be thrilled to see.

  29. number cruncher
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Jane, could you write a follow-up sticky that shows where we stand on each of the to-do list items? Thanks.

  30. Erlend
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I really wish there was a way for me to communicate directly with moderators once in a while, and vice versa. Be it PMs, private threads, safe e-mails or what-have-you. 24 hours ago I post my site to Your WordPress. At the end of my post I wrote a paragraph that was kind of a job ad. A moderator promptly linked to the WordPress jobs board and closed my topic.

    Now, I can appreciate these rules. My problem is, I'd rather have my small ad-paragraph removed so the thread could stay open, but there's no way to communicate that directly to any moderator, is there?

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