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Re: Process for Site Improvementby jdporter (Canon)
|on Mar 12, 2009 at 12:29 UTC||Need Help??|
I'm really grateful for all the other responses so far in this thread, particular the opener by bellaire and the latest one by tye. They address the high-level issues brought up by elisheva. So here I go:
Is there a PM "wish list" posted anywhere?
Not as such. The closest thing would be the Tutorials Quest, which is specific to the Tutorials section. For other "solicited feature requests", the gods used to use the Quests section, but that has only been used for polls for several years now.
For unsolicited requests, it's pretty much just this section, Perl Monks Discussion.
Various cabal groups, such as pmdev, have their own internal "to-do" wikis... but in fact, all of these are stale. They probably contain lots of good ideas which people raised years ago, so I wouldn't say they're completely worthless in their current state.
Is there a way we could use technology to help with the tracking and prioritizing of suggestions?
It's not a technological problem, it's a social problem. I believe we have sufficiently advanced technology already. :-)
That said - A wiki for (approved) general site feature requests, analogous to the narrow-purposed Tutorials Quest, might be nice. OTOH, it would probably serve one purpose predominantly: to show the user community just how slow/ineffective the site maintainers are. :-)
If someone really felt motivated, they could go through all the old PMD threads looking for likely suggestions. The criteria for a noteworthy candidate would be that (a) it received a good positive concensus, especially from any gods who weighed in; (b) it hasn't already been implemented; (c) it hasn't been rendered moot by later developments (i.e., OBE). Because PMD is used for other purposes as well — asking for help, reporting a bug, general venting — this will be a monumental task. But anyone who even begins such an undertaking will, I feel certain, enjoy it and will learn a lot about why PerlMonks is the way it is now. (Update:) One could start by searching for PMD nodes containing the string "we need", for example.
Between the mind which plans and the hands which build, there must be a mediator... and this mediator must be the heart.