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These are the very highest priorities for new features and fixes on Appropedia, in rough order.
 
  
 
'''If you can help with any of these tasks, please add your name next to the one you can work on (if you can commit to working on it). Or leave a message on the {{talk page}} here, or on the talk page of one of the active admins ([[User talk:Lonny|Lonny]], [[User talk:Chriswaterguy|Chris]] or [[User talk:Curtbeckmann|Curt]]).'''
 
'''If you can help with any of these tasks, please add your name next to the one you can work on (if you can commit to working on it). Or leave a message on the {{talk page}} here, or on the talk page of one of the active admins ([[User talk:Lonny|Lonny]], [[User talk:Chriswaterguy|Chris]] or [[User talk:Curtbeckmann|Curt]]).'''
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Note: New features are tested first on the [http://whatissustainability.org/ development site], so don't worry - you won't risk crashing Appropedia.
 
Note: New features are tested first on the [http://whatissustainability.org/ development site], so don't worry - you won't risk crashing Appropedia.
  
(Note: the following list is transcluded on [[Appropedia:Desired Features]] and some other pages, to draw attention to these requests.)
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These are the very highest priorities for new features and fixes on Appropedia, in rough order. Can you find a concrete task (big or small) to help with?
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''Out of date'' - working on this now. --[[User:Chriswaterguy|Chriswaterguy]] 05:01, 13 February 2010 (UTC)
 
''Out of date'' - working on this now. --[[User:Chriswaterguy|Chriswaterguy]] 05:01, 13 February 2010 (UTC)
There are many features that would be nice to have (see [[Appropedia:Desired features]]). Our current priorities,, are:
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There are many features that would be nice to have (see [[Appropedia:Desired features]]). Our current priorities are:
# WYSIWYG editor - FCKEditor looks very close, but not ready yet. We need a replacement for Uniwiki, which is proving to be a problem for some editors, and which clashes with Mediawiki 1.14. So either we work with wikiHow on accelerating the implementation of [https://svn.wikia-code.com/wikia/trunk/extensions/wikia/Wysiwyg/ Wikia's WYSIWYG editor code] (which contains a lot of wikia specific hooks) or we find an alternative interface (any suggestions?)
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# New [[Appropedia:Skin|skin]] - very important to make Appropedia an enjoyable and usable site for visitors.
 
# New [[Appropedia:Skin|skin]] - very important to make Appropedia an enjoyable and usable site for visitors.
# Social features: better integration with network sites such as [http://www.wiserearth.org/ WiserEarth] and [http://www.globalswadeshi.net/ GlobalSwadeshi], and better ways of monitoring activity and engaging with people in Appropedia - [[mw:Extension:SocialProfile]]?. (Also: better display of RSS feeds, so people can display their blogs in their userspace; [[Appropedia:Desired features #Fan mail|Fan mail]]; OpenSocial)
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# Social & forum features within our MediaWiki or Wordpress sites?
 
# Adding semantic features without some of the non-user-friendly aspects of [http://semantic-mediawiki.org/ Semantic MediaWiki]. How does SMW work with FCKEditor? Which features of SMW should we turn on? (Off: Inline semantic information is probably confusing to newbies unless handled very cleverly in WYSIWYG. On: Allowing users to view the intersection of categories would be a very useful feature. On: Project tracking.)
 
# Adding semantic features without some of the non-user-friendly aspects of [http://semantic-mediawiki.org/ Semantic MediaWiki]. How does SMW work with FCKEditor? Which features of SMW should we turn on? (Off: Inline semantic information is probably confusing to newbies unless handled very cleverly in WYSIWYG. On: Allowing users to view the intersection of categories would be a very useful feature. On: Project tracking.)
# Fix RecentChanges so it's possible to view more than 14 days.
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# Fix RecentChanges cache (?) so it's possible to view more than 7 days.
 
# A box on the navbar letting people easily email friends about the page they're viewing. "Tell a friend about this site. Email addresses will not be saved or used for any other purpose."
 
# A box on the navbar letting people easily email friends about the page they're viewing. "Tell a friend about this site. Email addresses will not be saved or used for any other purpose."
 
# Map/geotagging features. (What do we want? Allow searching by distance from location...)
 
# Map/geotagging features. (What do we want? Allow searching by distance from location...)
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# [[mw:Extension:MultiUpload]] - speed file upload.
 
# [[mw:Extension:MultiUpload]] - speed file upload.
 
# ParserFunctions - the extension, or whatever gives Wikipedia the logical functions in templates, that we don't have.
 
# ParserFunctions - the extension, or whatever gives Wikipedia the logical functions in templates, that we don't have.
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# [[Appropedia:Desired features#Banner for visitors from partner sites|Banner for visitors from partner sites]]
  
 
Our current main priorities are:
 
* Setting up a test site, for checking new features and settings and making sure they don't break the site, before running them live. This will be MediaWiki, with all the extensions and settings we have now, then adding new features to see if they work. We've been promised help with this, but if you are able to assist, that would be fantastic.
 
* [[Appropedia:Skin]] (including a [[Appropedia:Desired_features#Add_bigger_edit_toolbar|bigger edit toolbar]])
 
* A new, simpler, navigation-focused main page. See [[Appropedia:User experience]] and [[Main_Page_tests]]. The test page is currently a construction site - feel free to edit. We need suitable open licensed photos (the community and food pics aren't properly licensed) and they need to be cropped square (or at least all cropped to the same ratios).
 
* [[Appropedia:Desired features#Banner for visitors from partner sites|Banner for visitors from partner sites]]
 
 
The next rank of issues include:
 
* [[Appropedia:Desired_features#Search_improvements|Search improvements]] including [[Appropedia:Desired_features#Custom_searches|Custom searches]].
 
* <s>[[Appropedia:Desired_features#Special_license_namespace.28s.29|Special license namespace(s)]]</s> - we decided to use the mainspace, but add the {{tl|open access}} notice (or other relevant notice) to the top of each page that doesn't fit the [[Appropedia:Copyrights|Appropedia license]].
 
 
 
Previous list of priorities
 
* blog (set up [http://blogs.appropedia.org/ here] but skin needs tweaking)
 
* forums (on hold - [http://www.globalswadeshi.net/ Global Swadeshi] is performing this role for now.)
 
* [[Appropedia:Wikilink bot|wikilink bot]] - kind of working. [[User:Chriswaterguy|Chriswaterguy]] got this working to a degree, but as at early 2009, nothing has been done for some months.
 
* [[Appropedia:Desired_features#Special_license_namespace.28s.29|Special license namespace(s)]]
 
 
(priorities suggested by [[User:Chriswaterguy|Chriswaterguy]] &middot; <small>[[User talk:Chriswaterguy|talk]]</small> 00:43, 5 November 2007 (PST) and updated 23:29, 18 February 2009 (UTC))
 
  
 
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Please add other priorities to [[Appropedia:Desired Features]] in the appropriate section, using the standard template there.
 
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== Archive ==
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Old priority items (resolved or no longer a priority):
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* [[Appropedia:Site development/priorities/archive]]
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==

Revision as of 03:20, 16 February 2010


If you can help with any of these tasks, please add your name next to the one you can work on (if you can commit to working on it). Or leave a message on the talk page here, or on the talk page of one of the active admins (Lonny, Chris or Curt).

Note: New features are tested first on the development site, so don't worry - you won't risk crashing Appropedia.

Site development/Desired features The following list is transcluded on and some other pages, to draw attention to these requests.


These are the very highest priorities for new features and fixes on Appropedia, in rough order. Can you find a concrete task (big or small) to help with?

Out of date - working on this now. --Chriswaterguy 05:01, 13 February 2010 (UTC) There are many features that would be nice to have (see Appropedia:Desired features). Our current priorities are:

  1. New skin - very important to make Appropedia an enjoyable and usable site for visitors.
  2. Social & forum features within our MediaWiki or Wordpress sites?
  3. Adding semantic features without some of the non-user-friendly aspects of Semantic MediaWiki. How does SMW work with FCKEditor? Which features of SMW should we turn on? (Off: Inline semantic information is probably confusing to newbies unless handled very cleverly in WYSIWYG. On: Allowing users to view the intersection of categories would be a very useful feature. On: Project tracking.)
  4. Fix RecentChanges cache (?) so it's possible to view more than 7 days.
  5. A box on the navbar letting people easily email friends about the page they're viewing. "Tell a friend about this site. Email addresses will not be saved or used for any other purpose."
  6. Map/geotagging features. (What do we want? Allow searching by distance from location...)
  7. Develop a plan for grading articles and flagging them according to accuracy, reliability, usefulness. This raises many issues, including the weighting given to ranking by regular users compared to "expert" users. The Flagged Revisions extension is likely to be important, and so is the voting extension used on http://usability.wikimedia.org/ .
  8. mw:Manual:wgForeignAPIRepo - allows us to specify another wiki to pull images from.
  9. mw:Extension:MultiUpload - speed file upload.
  10. ParserFunctions - the extension, or whatever gives Wikipedia the logical functions in templates, that we don't have.
  11. Banner for visitors from partner sites



There are many priorities - these are a select few. Only add or remove items here by consensus or after discussion with an admin.

Please add other priorities to Appropedia:Desired Features in the appropriate section, using the standard template there.

Archive

Old priority items (resolved or no longer a priority):

See also