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Phorum Roadmap

Posted by /dam 
Phorum Roadmap
March 23, 2002 11:54PM
I have a suggestion.

Would it be possible to include a docs/roadmap.txt file with Phorum?

This would contain the status of features planned for Phorum and a rough timeline as well as "wish list" features.

The reasons for this include:
- it would provide an insight into the future development of Phorum for those of us who have followed the project over the years.
- it would help coordinate the various groups of hackers that are working on various features, often without knowing if the development team are planning on doing it themselves.
- posts on the support forum asking if feature X is being implemented could be referred to the roadmap. (If it is not even in the wish list then they will know it is not going to happen anytime soon)
-finally, it would give the Phorum community something to look forward to!

By all means put a disclaimer at the top stating you won't be held to any of the promises in the document ;-)

Example:

-- begin example roadmap.txt
3.3.3 - estimated date of first release candidate: April 2002
- bug fixes: none planned
- new features:
User ability to edit their posts
"Views" hack merged into the main codebase

3.3.4 - estimated date of first release candidate: May 2002
- bug fixes: none planned
- new features:
User ability to preview their posts before sending
Much better documentation

Wishlist
(the following features are planned for the future but are not being actively worked on)
- Spellcheck support
status: pending a set of good, freely available dictionaries in multiple languages.
- Custom fields in the user profiles, managed via the admin system.
status: nobody is working on this yet, any volunteers?
- Javascript console to automatically insert Phorumcode such as images, boldtext etc.
status: work is being done on this by the community but no stable hack yet exists - see the Hackers Forum for more details
-- end example roadmap.txt

Any thoughts? (other than the fact that I am being really cheeky by writing a sample roadmap for the dev team ;-) )

/\dam
Re: Phorum Roadmap
March 23, 2002 11:55PM
Sorry, I meant to post this to the Development Forum.
This is why you need a "move post" feature ;-)

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Re: Phorum Roadmap
March 30, 2002 06:19PM
I think this is a good idea.
<b>Re: Phorum Roadmap</b>
May 09, 2002 12:42AM
<HTML>just stumbled about this post.
the roadmap is wrong afaik ;-).

there will be no 3.3.3-version, 3.4 is the next release which will contain some of these
thingys.

> User ability to edit their posts

maybe, there is a hack in the hackers-boards but it doesn't look stable to me yet.

> "Views" hack merged into the main codebase

I'm working on this already

> User ability to preview their posts before sending

already merged into the code by brian.

> Much better documentation

any volunteers? ;-)

> - Spellcheck support
> status: pending a set of good, freely available dictionaries in multiple languages.

nothing planned in this direction. you can't play with this and keep the number of language files

> - Custom fields in the user profiles, managed via the admin system.
> status: nobody is working on this yet, any volunteers?

yeeees, any volunteers? planned but have no idea yet.

> - Javascript console to automatically insert Phorumcode such as images, boldtext etc.
>status: work is being done on this by the community but no stable hack yet exists - see >the Hackers Forum for more details

I don't believe that we will include this. if it could be done as a plugin, maybe, but not in the main-codebase. it does rely too much in JS (and doesn't seem browserindependent).
If anyone wants to turn it into a plugin and keep it updated, call me ;-).


you are right, this belongs for sure in the dev-forum :-).</HTML>

Re: Phorum Roadmap
May 24, 2002 11:48AM
> - Spellcheck support

I've been vaguely looking into this (english only), but couldn't think of a sensible way of showing the errors and offering alternatives.

Only thing I could think of was echoing the message back to the user with a load of dropdowns for alternatives. And that's going to get messy...

Paul
joe
Re: Phorum Roadmap
June 09, 2003 01:14PM
I think it would be good enough, at least at the beginning, to have the Spell check just highlight odd words. Most people know how to spell, they are just sloppy typists. If you highlight the word they will probably be able to repair it 70% of the time on their own. It is good enough, for me at least, to be able to allow the poster to see "questionable" words.

The corrections suggestions can come later, or be a paid for feature???

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