[wp-hackers] NOOB Wants to Give Blogger Import Some Lovin'

Andy Skelton skeltoac at gmail.com
Thu Mar 15 20:27:49 GMT 2007

Hi Chris,

I'm responsible for the current state of the blogger importer and I'll
be the first to tell you it needs a little love. The HTTP stuff is
sloppy (it needs to follow redirects) and they have since implemented
an order-by query that may eliminate the need to import the blog in
reverse. There is information in a Google group for the Blogger API.

If you want to give the importer some love, you should start by
starting a new ticket in Trac and claiming it yourself. The guys who
commit patches prefer universal diffs against trunk, which you can
upload to Trac.

Many people subscribe to a mailing list that sends updates every time
a Trac ticket is updated, but uploads are not included so be sure to
update the ticket with a comment and tags such as "has-patch" and
"needs-testing" to get some attention.

If you want to talk about the specifics of the importer you can email
me directly.


On 3/15/07, Chris Williams <chris at clwill.com> wrote:
> I've been a long time lurker, occasional commenter, but not a
> contributor.  Well, to quote Gregory Peck as Captain Keith Mallory in
> The Guns of Navarone: "Mister, your by standing days are over".
> I have been working with Blogger importing for a couple of weeks now.  I
> think I'm getting quite familiar with all the issues.  I have especially
> been using the new blogger import tool in 2.2 and am finding a lot to
> like.  But I see some shortfalls, issues that I know how to fix.  So I
> want to fix them.
> My question is, as a noob, how do I go about this?  I've read all the
> stuff in the Codex about how to contribute, I'm in the SVN, have the
> bleeding edge code, etc.  I'm not asking technically "how do I do this",
> I've been writing code for a lotta years, I've been writing and
> debugging PHP for a year or two now.  Technically, I have a handle on
> that stuff.
> My question is more of one of protocol.  I have searched the TRAC for
> issues around the new blogger importer, none of my issues are there, and
> I think there is a need/space/opportunity for me to contribute.  I'm
> really asking how does one do this in this community, without stepping
> on toes?  Clearly someone spent a whole lot of time developing the new
> importer, I'd hate to be duplicating things they are working on now.
> Should I find out who the author of is (how)?  Do I get in an email chat
> with them?  Is there some IRC I should go to chat it up with them?
> Should I just dive in, work on it, submit a patch only to find whoever's
> working on it has been solving the same problem?
> Sorry to be such a noob, but I'd like to join in the party, I just don't
> know the secret handshake :-)
> Thanks,
> Chris
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