I was wondering if it was time to clean the slate on the WordPress ideas website to start over. It’s because the top five most-popular ideas were submitted more than two years ago. This is a problem, as it suggests that WordPress has not implemented ideas that were requested by many people who use the software. On the flip side, many of the ideas that are still labeled as UNDER CONSIDERATION have since made it to the core in one version or another. Are you correct or does this just mean that someone or a group has not provided patches to fix those issues? It is important to erase the slate because all ideas should relate to the current software and not what it was two years ago. Even though there was a high demand for a particular feature two years ago, it might not be true now and we don’t know.
If the Ideas site is not going to be wiped clean, then there needs to at least be a user driven way to flag a particular idea as IMPLEMENTED with a small explanation of when and how that idea has been implemented into the core of WordPress. It would give people the feeling that their ideas and voices are being heard. You could also look at the implementations and gain a better understanding of where the project is heading in the near future.
The ideas part of WordPress is another area I have been noticing. While the core WordPress project gets most of my attention, other parts of the project are suffering because they are not getting enough attention. According to what I know Matt is in charge of the Ideas section. I hope that he has plans to have a few helpers. WordPress is much more popular than it was just a few years back, and the Ideas section may have lost its prominence. Although I wish all the branches of WordPress were tended to at the same rate as the trunk, the sheer scope of the project and the lack of Core Developers may prevent this from happening. It would be beneficial for the project to have a variety of methods that allow average Joes to get involved.
Of course, you’d still need someone taking care of the administration/validation work, but at least the initial load would be taken off their back.
I suppose that I could just publish this post as an idea for the WordPress Ideas site, but why? Looking in from the outside, I can see ideas that have been voted on for more than two years. To a new person, it would appear as though WordPress has yet to add them to the core. I am familiar with the software since version 2.3.3 and I know of some ideas that have been implemented, but are still under consideration. So, why would I submit an idea when all the other ideas have been implemented or modified to the current software?
To top it all, I don’t know who I should contact regarding the Ideas Section on WordPress.org. Do I raise this issue on the WordPress.org forum Do I send this to the WP.Hackers mailing group in fear of being published? Do I email Matt to ensure that my email doesn’t get lost in the noise in Matt’s inbox? The lack of WordPress Whitepages is one thing I have become frustrated about the whole WordPress Project. I don’t know who to contact regarding which part of the project. If I don’t know who to contact, I just contact Matt. However, that’s not the right way to do it. I would love to see a central directory of contact information. Most likely, a page on Codex with fairly up-to-date information so end users know who to contact and what they are doing.
I started with an idea, but ended up with a rant. If I want to solve these problems, then I need to get out of my own way. With that in mind, I look forward to creating a WordPress Contact Directory that I will publish on this blog and then implement it onto the Codex, where I hope other contributors will.