Appropedia:Site development/priorities

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If you can help with any of these tasks, please add your name, a contact method and/or comments next to the one you can work on. 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.

The following list is transcluded on the Desired features page 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? Leave a note on the talk page - thanks!

  1. New skin - help with any part of this:
    1. help install test skin on dev wiki - contact Chriswaterguy
    2. help choose color scheme. Like blog? Something completely different?
    3. edit CSS to achieve new color scheme.
  2. Social & forum features. E.g.
    1. within MediaWiki (like Gardenology's forum; or Wikia's forum implementation - both seem to use Stand Alone Forum Extension(?)
    2. within Wordpress? See wordpress section below.
  3. Adding semantic features without some of the non-user-friendly aspects of Semantic MediaWiki.
    1. How does SMW work with FCKEditor?
    2. 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.)
    3. Which extensions do we install to achieve this?
  4. Fix RecentChanges cache (?) so it's possible to view more than 7 days. Solution: $wgRCMaxAge = 13 * 7 * 24 * 3600; // 13 weeks a simple code change which seems to produce something more like the intended results, at Appropedia:Site development/RC fix.
  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
  12. mobile site for Appropedia

Wordpress issues:

  1. RSS feed - still getting blank line error in spite of extensive work to try and fix it (all the obvious fixes and a few obsure ones.) - Woozle gave a suggestion, which we'll follow up. --Chriswaterguy 04:04, 25 February 2010 (UTC)
  2. newsletter with MailPress (I tried but couldn't get mail servers set up. --Chriswaterguy 21:25, 24 February 2010 (UTC))
  3. Forum add-on? (From above, "Social & forum features") Extensions exist but how well do they work?
    1. http://simplepressforum.com/ looks very well featured, and integrates with wordpress login.
    2. If we can work out an automatic Wordpress-MediaWiki cross-login, this would be much nicer, less confusing. OpenID behind the scenes?


Only add or remove items here by consensus or after discussion with an admin. 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:Site development/Desired features in the appropriate section, using the standard template there.

Archive

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

See also