[wp-hackers] GSoC 2010, WordPress.org Profiles

Stas Sușcov stas at nerd.ro
Sat Mar 20 23:16:14 UTC 2010

Hi hackers,
I can see GSoC in WordPress Camp is on hype :)

This summer I have not much to do, so I said to dedicate my free time
contributing to WordPress project, which fan I'm since some time.

I've read the ideas page and come to the conclusion that improving
profiles.wordpress.org would be a great contribution not only to the
project itself, but to the whole community. Plus, I like hacking all
kind of stuff, and this idea offers almost the full pack of stuff you
can play with, from php and python code (trac) to fetching svn commits
and evaluating all kind/type of data.

>From what I understand there would be cool to get some kind of
rating integrated into the system like we can see on social networks for
hackers like ohloh. Rating to depend on contribution (of all kind, from
forum activities to commits on svn repo, be there plugins or core
projects). A way I would go doing that is dividing the system into
different parts:
* backend, the fetchers and spiders, evaluation scripts that update the
db, trigger scripts that may call the update process
* frontend, where all the magic is shown and can be manipulated (I think
a good idea would be to allow users doing stuff like on facebook `like
or not`). Also the frontend part must offer simplest UI as to the
visitor, same to the user where he can specify his details like codex
username or what's already on profiles.wordpress.org.

Also, talking about backend, I believe implementing some kind of
algorithm that will grow rank/karma depending on activities kind.
Like give a 5 to the user if he contributed to codex documentation, and
4 if he committed something into svn. Or 7 if he fixed a bug.

Pretty much, I would like to steal as much as I can from the
Launchpad.net project. They got some pretty interesting karma system,
which I believe is a good starting point.

So, feel free to blame me if I'm thinking wrong or help me get my
thoughts better. Hope I got somebody interested who can support my
proposal. :)

Have a nice weekend. 

P.S.: Here's my profile: http://profiles.wordpress.org/c00l2sv/

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