[wp-hackers] Ideas for GSoC

Eric Mann eric at eam.me
Tue Apr 30 15:52:12 UTC 2013

> The new UUID would be made out of the username+timestamp from the epoch
> and that string would be md5'ed

standard and recognizable data structure.

The resulting UUID of the users may conflict between on systems with a
> large number of users as the new UUID can be the same as the old id of a user
> on those systems.

If this kind of conflict is possible, then there's a flaw in the UUID
system you're using.

On Sun, Apr 14, 2013 at 1:17 PM, Brian Iván Martínez <xangelux at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hello, I'm interested in the GSoC and I'd like to be mentored by you guys.
> I like some of the ideas in the GSoC over in wordpress site but I have some
> ideas of my own too that I'd like to run by you before submiting my proyect
> thing.
> The first Idea is:
> Public/Un-public
> Sometimes you are writing something, but then you have to go, so you save
> it as a draft; then you come back and continue your draft and post it. But
> then you realize you wrote something you don't want everyone to see, so
> your only option is copy the content and delete the post to write it
> somewhere else. It would be really useful to have a big red/blue button to
> publish your post or hide it if you don't want everybody to read it, maybe
> you have a long post and you plan to post it in a specific date, so you
> draft it but if you don't remember to post it then you may post it too
> late, this post button may be programmed to warn you to post it or even
> post it automatically via a Trigger or php.
> Besides annother idea is create a social circle inside wordpress where you
> can create a group for close friends who also public in your wordpress or
> simply in wordpress.com. This is for the only pourpuse of leave post only
> for users on a group. This groups are more important than the blogs you
> follow, because you can get a really long feed from all the blogs you
> follow and your friends posts get lost in the huge list that some times
> becomes too long, didn't read (tl;dr). That adds some interesting features
> to wordpress like  friends groups' feed on a list, friends on a group but
> don't want their feed on the friends feed and a posibility to send a friend
> a notification of a post if you know your friend will be interested with a
> "tag" friend button instead of an email .
> Well, it seems I pured some ideas in the last one, well, the next idea is
> an implementation of the not public post. A lot of users use wordpress as a
> content creation tool but sometimes they write a personal journal and don't
> want to share all of it and it shouldn't be on the regular posts stream
> because it about their personal life, how about a little journal inside
> your admin panel. This journal would have tools to link to posts and have a
> preview of the link and the ability to make a todo list. This tool would be
> very good and useful to content creators that plan their posts or the ones
> that are following the development of their site using a todo list to check
> for things that they need, program post titles, program series of posts
> etc.
> Apart from this I think the UUID for the users is very interesting as the
> new user tour.
> For the new UUID I would first add a column to the user apropriate table.
> The new UUID would be made out of the username+timestamp from the epoch and
> that string would be md5'ed. If you still want to keep working with
> integers I would convert md5'ed string to it's equivalent integer value.
> New users only have the new column value and 0 on the other to start
> conversion. When the last user has been converted, the old id column would
> be droped. Obviously before doing such a thing, a lot of precausions have
> to be taken into acount as every function that has access to or need the
> user id have to be "hacked" to verify the two numbers before each action is
> taken. The resulting UUID of the users may conflict between on systems with
> a large number of users as the new UUID can be the same as the old id of a
> user on those systems. For that to be plausible there has to be extra steps
> that migrate the users id to UUID in md5'ed strings only and then check the
> result for converting the UUID to a integer equivalent if there is a user
> with that id, if so, first convert that user to new UUID and delete the old
> id. Do that check recursively so if that issue repets, firs check the user
> down and so on. At the end of the "conversion" drop the extra column and
> un-hack the functions that you previously hacked.
> For the new user tour I think It would be better to have a meter but with
> different levels, if you only want to create posts, a quick tour to show
> you about creation of new posts, basic moderation, notifications, select a
> theme, change password and where and how to read statistics. If you want a
> more advanced tour click a button in each part of the admin tools telling
> which does what and examples or tips to get a better experience.
> I'm studying Computer Science Engeneering in México, Michoacán State and
> have knolege on databases (MySQL, PostgreSQL mostly), networking
> (Intermediate) and programming in C, C++(rusty in that), Java, PHP,
> JavaScript (basic, JQuery), learning ruby/RoR.
> If any of my ideas was interesting pleas let me know which to apply to the
> GSoC with you guys, if not tel me if I can help with annother one of your
> ideas.
> Thanks for your time.
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