[wp-hackers] GSOC - A Couple of Ideas

Takeshi Young takeshiyoung at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 11:09:41 GMT 2009

Hey everyone,

I'm planning on submitting a couple of proposals to GSOC this year, and
would be grateful for any feedback.

1) Centralized Plug-ins

The first idea is to have some centralized way of managing the plug-ins
installed in Wordpress.  Basically, instead of having each plug-in install
itself wherever it wants on the dashboard (which gets unwieldly once you've
installed a bunch of plug-ins), there will be a centralized locations that
users can go to configure all there plug-ins.  No more searching around the
dashboard to figure out which plug-in went where.

2) Voting Plug-in for Wordpress

User interaction is all the rage with Web 2.0, with sites like Digg and
Reddit harnessing the wisdom of the crowds to sift through the mounds of
content available on the Internet.  It would be cool if WordPress came with
a plug-in that gave users this functionality right out the box.  Visitors to
the site would be able to submit content, and other visitors would be able
to vote on it, adding another layer of interactivity to Wordpress blogs.

3) Enhance the WordPress Video Solution Framework

Video is going to be big in the next few years, since video cameras will
become ubiquotous once they come standard on all cellphones.  WordPress
needs a better way of dealing with video to handle this deludge.  Some
features that could be added to video on WordPress include screeshot
previews, integrated adds, and social features such as showing related
videos (a la YouTube).

4) User Roles

The WordPress roles/capabilities system could use an upgrade. The current
system is a little clunky, and is missing key functionality such as the
ability to limit an author to a specific category, setting permissions for
viewing/altering/moderating content (currently very basic), and on the back
end it is hard to query for "users who have capability X" etc.

Thanks for your time!


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