I would like to propose a new feature for the redesign of the d.o forum.
Wouldn't it be nice if the author of a forum topic can give the topic a resolved or closed status?
This way it's easier to see what topics need more help.
A proposal for some topic statuses:
- closed (resolved)
- closed (unsolved) -> when a topic is open and has not been replied within a month for example or if the author sets it t manually to unsolved.
Maybe you know experts-exchange.com? This is a commercial forum that also works with open and closed questions.Read more
Drupal has many (thousands of) modules and themes that make it an attractive platfrom to use. But often researching modules and themes takes longer than to build them into a solution. Here are a few suggestions for how the new d.o could help people find modules and themes more quickly:
- A list of modules by category, where you get a page with all the modules in that category (not like the current category list with a pager). Please retain the current listing of all modules - a text search in the browse through this page is often the best way to find things.
Today is the second in our scheduled dates to ask you for your feedback (if you haven't done so already). This week the focus is on the top level information architecture.
- Top Level IA:
Leisa continues her incredible work trying to understand the community's needs and desires for the IA and how to incorporate this for 'insiders' and 'outsiders'.
As with previous weeks; Leisa is still openly blogging about her research, but we still need and welcome your feedback. The relevant research for the IA can be found at the following:Read more
With all the new sites added to the planet lately it seems like a silly process to be done manually. Also the border between Drupal Planet and Drupal Talk is getting pretty vague, especially with all the resposts of late. The Smashing Magazine post about the Drupal Toolbox appeared 4 times on the same frontpage for example.
My suggestion: replace both Drupal Planet and Drupal Talk with Drigg. For those who don't know what Drigg is, it's like Digg but completely written in Drupal. Here are a couple of popular sites running Drigg:Read more
Matt hits on one of the core driving factors of this redesign. In order to grow the Drupal project, we need to make it easier to contribute. How do we do that? Big prizes await those who crack it.
Today is the first in our scheduled dates to ask you for your feedback (if you haven't done already). There are two areas of work done to date that we need your help on:
- Initial Research
Leisa has been doing some fantastic work on trying to get to know you, the wider Drupal community, and what does d.o mean to you?
Leisa has been openly blogging the process for a while now, but we're still gathering comments and suggestions. This is a pretty fluid process.
a) the experience strategy for drupal.org, (http://www.disambiguity.com/draft-drupalorg-experience-strategy/),
b) proposed audience segmentation for drupal.org (http://www.disambiguity.com/insiders-and-outsiders/) and
c) initial wireframe ideas for drupal.org (http://www.disambiguity.com/drupalorg-come-wireframe-with-me/)
- Initial Branding
For a bit of back story as to why Drupal needs to change its logo, please read this post from Larry.
The latest round of logotypes are attached here. For more rationale on how we got to this point, please have a look at:
a) What's in a Word(mark)? (http://www.markboultondesign.com/news/detail/whats_in_a_wordmark/),
b) Initial Wordmark designs (http://www.markboultondesign.com/news/detail/initial_wordmark_designs/)
c) Why do we need a new logo anyway? (http://www.markboultondesign.com/news/detail/why_do_we_need_a_new_logo_a...), and
d) Cap D or Not? Splash or Not? (http://www.markboultondesign.com/news/detail/cap_d_or_not_splash_or_not/)
Since this has been such an active group, with multiple concurrently active threads, I did a little Panels work here to (hopefully) make it a bit easier to keep up with everything.
The Discussion tab shows all content in the traditional River of News format.
The Recent Activity tab shows a table of posts, sorted by the date/time of the most recent comment on the thread. (Current Drupal aficionados will recognize this as much like the Tracker view.)Read more
just a little update of more redesign collaboration we're doing.
if you haven't already, consider whipping up a wireframe of a page you think needs some attention ref: http://www.disambiguity.com/drupalorg-come-wireframe-with-me/
We're also getting into tackling Information Architectuture issues with an online cardsort: http://www.disambiguity.com/drupalorg-help-overhaul-the-information-arch...
(phew, what a long URL!)
and a discussion about whether d.o is one site or many: http://www.disambiguity.com/drupalorg-one-site-or-many/Read more
I think it is crazy that the regional events don't get more coverage over at the drupal.org main site. DrupalCampLA just had a 400+ person event, but if you put DrupalCampLA into the d.o search box, all you get is a forum post from last year where one of the badcamp organizers mentions them as inspiration. We (badcamp) will probably have around 300 people show up and I am sure DCNYC was huge. g.d.o placement is nice, but d.o is missing out on a big marketing opportunity by not bragging about these events more.
I just thought I'd drop a note in here about some thoughts on branding we're having, and particularly, the Drupal Wordmark.
This doesn't mean we're ditching Druplicon by any means. What it does mean is that we're progressing the Drupal Wordmark (and associated styleguide) beyond an off-the-shelf typeface.Read more
Lets provide users with a better experience, designing for A crappy browser like IE6 will just hold us back, and limit the features that can be done, 37 signals and Apple MobileMe have already announced dropping IE6 support on all their products, shouldn't we make this step as well ?
Lately the Drupal Planet is starting to look more and more like Drupal Talk. A whole bunch of people have been added to the Planet the last couple of month and I don't feel it has done a lot of good to the quality of the feed. I wonder what the criteria is to get added to the Planet these days, and even what we expect the Planet to be?
We've created a new group for people who would like to contribute to the drupal.org themes. This includes the current theme, the Drupal 6 version of blue beach, and the new theme for the redesign.
We had 37 volunteers sign-up at Drupalcon Szeged.
Current Redesign Conversations You Should Take A Look At! Experience Strategy & Audience Segmentation
Just wanted to get these in front of you for your review - we're currently discussing:
a) the experience strategy for drupal.org, (http://www.disambiguity.com/draft-drupalorg-experience-strategy/) and
b) proposed audience segmentation for drupal.org (http://www.disambiguity.com/insiders-and-outsiders/)
take a look, give us some feedback!
and don't forget you can also participate on Flickr, Twitter and Slideshare!
(more info here: http://www.disambiguity.com/opening-the-floodgates/)
As mentioned in the d.o front page post, here is the working schedule for the redesign (e.g. please tune into this redesign group at these regularly scheduled times!):
- Friday, September 19th – Sunday, September 21st: initial research and branding development
- Friday, September 26th – Sunday, September 28th: proposed top level IA
- Friday, October 3rd – Sunday, October 5th: prototyping round 2
- Friday, October 24th – Sunday, October 26th: prototyping round 3, branding development round 3, IA strategy, design concepts
- Friday, October 31st – Sunday, November 2nd: prototyping round 4, branding development round 4, design concepts
Last updated by Boris Mann on Wed, 2008-09-10 06:21
In reviewing the *.d.o sites, I've begun compiling an inventory of existing "templates" and interface elements with examples. The benefit is two fold: 1) to serve as a reference for MBD and 2) to serve as a checklist for interface components we'll need addressed in the final design solution.
I've started first with the "templates" or page layouts and then broken it down with more granularity into interface elements with links for reference as necessary. This is a work-in-progress. Please make suggestions for items that seem to be missing. Thanks!Read more