[wp-hackers] GSOC 2013: Post by email

Luca Evgheni juk.eluca at gmail.com
Tue Apr 30 19:05:11 UTC 2013

so, here is my fully "refactored" idea:
I tried to include answers to all the questions provided by Eric Mann,
thank you once again for your feedback.
I excluded ajax idea because "it's outside the scope of ... overall project".
And tried to be as explicit as it is possible in a project proposal. If you
have any questions, ideas, remarks, things which would be good to include
in the proposal please let me know. I will be glad for any kind of feedback.

Thank you in advance. Have a nice day

On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 7:12 PM, Luca Evgheni <juk.eluca at gmail.com> wrote:

> ohh, I am sorry, nobody was looking at the post with my idea (I was
> checking this each 12 hours in the statistics) so I began to change it
> writing directly on the site, publishing it from time to time, but I lost
> my internet connection when I was at the university. So you have read a
> draft which wasn't meant to be read by someone. I am really sorry, I will
> come with a structured version ASAP and will try to answer all questions
> you provided. Thank you a lot for your feedback. Again, I am really sorry.
> On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 6:38 PM, Eric Mann <eric at eam.me> wrote:
>> I'm replying here rather than on your site so others can join in the
>> conversation.  I have a few questions and a few observations:
>> *Are you recommending this as a plugin or a patch to WordPress core?*
>>  Your
>> proposal mentions "the first version of the plugin" but also attempts to
>> address "problems with the current implementation."  The current
>> implementation *is* core.  So will your plugin modify core's
>> implementation
>> or add a new one as a replacement?
>> *"They can’t be managed intuitively, you have to read their documentation
>> in order to get things done."*  What is "they" in this context (you're
>> referring to problems with the current implementation) but I'm unsure of
>> what you are saying can't be managed.  Options? Emails? Posts created by
>> email?
>> *"You have to perform some additional actions beside sending an email in
>> order to have it posted on your blog which isn’t user friendly at
>> all."*Aside from configuring the email address in the first place,
>> what
>> additional actions are you talking about?  In your proposed
>> implementation,
>> writers would *still* have to configure the plugin and their mail account
>> to get things to work.
>> *Technical Stuff - using Markdown/HTML/RTF for formatting* - I think the
>> use of HTML for formatting the message would be a great first step.  Most
>> writers will be using a WYSIWYG email client (like Gmail) in the first
>> place and can easily control their formatting that way.  While I, too,
>> prefer Markdown, I think that might be a bit too advanced for the scope of
>> a summer project.  Perhaps specify categories in some sort of pseudo
>> shortcode format at the bottom of the post (which can be parsed and
>> stripped out by the plugin)?
>> For example:
>> [category]Miscellaneous[/category]
>> [tags]WordPress, GSoC, proposal[/tags]
>> *Main Settings - All posts displayed in a table with ordering* - The
>> current implementation of Post by Email creates new posts that are regular
>> WordPress posts and which are visible on the All Posts page.  Your
>> proposal
>> makes it sound like emailed posts will be available in a wholly different
>> UI.  Are you suggesting emailed posts would be distinct and separate from
>> posts created inside the WordPress dashboard?  If so, why?  What happens
>> to
>> these posts if the email plugin is disabled?
>> *Technical Stuff - updating posts* - It sounds almost like you're
>> proposing
>> some sort of live update for the WordPress front-end after a post is
>> published by email.  While this would be a cool feature, I think it's
>> outside the scope of your overall project.  Live updates are a very
>> different beast; don't overcomplicate things.
>> *
>> *
>> *Technical Stuff - using flush()* - I think you misunderstand what flush()
>> does.  Once I request a page from a server running PHP, the page is
>> returned to me and the connection is closed. Another user calling flush()
>> on the server side will have absolutely no effect on what I see on the
>> page.  All it does is clear PHP's output buffer.
>> http://php.net/manual/en/function.flush.php
>> All of the above are just my thoughts while reading through your proposal.
>>  Feel free to respond here and keep the discussion going.  When you feel
>> you're ready to apply, be sure to use the Application Template (
>> http://codex.wordpress.org/GSoC_2013_Application_Template) so we have all
>> the information we need.
>> ~Eric Mann
>> On Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 9:54 AM, Luca Evgheni <juk.eluca at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> > hi,
>> >
>> > here is my brief description on post by email project
>> > http://jukgsoc13.wordpress.com/
>> >
>> > Can I get a feedback from someone interested in mentoring this project?
>> > I would appreciate it a lot. Thank you in advance.
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