Contributed Module Ideas

This group should probably have more organizers. See documentation on this recommendation.

When a developer has an idea for a module, they are often not the only one with that idea.

By announcing module ideas here, this group aims to:

  • Reduce module duplication. We can prevent two independent developers from writing separate, duplicate modules.
  • Increase developer collaboration. We can get interested developers working together at an early stage of development.
  • Improve module quality. Others can shape and improve the ideas, leading to a better module from the beginning (or, at the least, a better road map for future development.)

Before submitting a new module idea, please do a little research and search for an existing module with the same functionality.

aklein's picture

Drupal Developer/Programmer/System Administrator, Global Digital Business | SONY BMG Music Entertainment

Employment type: 
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Introducing ourselves
SONY BMG Music Entertainment is a global recorded music joint venture with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars, as well as a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. Sony BMG Music Entertainment is 50% owned by Bertelsmann A.G. and 50% owned by Sony Corporation of America.

Job duties
•Working with a team of designers and Drupal developers to create compelling and cutting edge web sites and web applications

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IceCreamYou's picture

Idea: "Trust" module

I'm building/have built a social networking site, and coming across Twine made me realize that it would be nice to build some kind of "Trust" module, where users could specify what level of trust they attribute to others, and this trust level would affect how content shows up and is organized.

Trust Levels

Specifically, I'm thinking of 5 levels of trust:
* Always Hide - Essentially equivalent to "block user," this would make it so the blocker doesn't see any content from the blocked user

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mgparisi's picture

Library API

After spending hours with Taxonomy trying to use it to construct a single tiered Library, The problem was that the module of taxonomy was too specific to what it does. I also saw that with in my code, I was running multiple select statements that were unnecessary. In addition my library was small, and I feared using a growing database full of taxonomy data would hinder the performance of my script. Simply put, Taxonomy was to high level for what I needed, and didn't provide the low level functionality and flexibility that I wanted.

I needed to write my own library routine, and modifying taxonomy was not an option. I wasn't using this to classify content, but as a simple place holder for strings. I then went off to write taxonomy 2.0, but found the task was too large on its own to complete in a reasonable time.

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axel.rutz's picture

Private / Personal Vocabularies in Taxonomy (hack og_vocab?)

Just looking around for components for an issue tracking system. One key feature would be that users can setup their own controlled vocabulary for their issues...

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ilo's picture

Jailing a user..

Hi all.. I've found a little tool to be usefull in one of my sites. Let me explain.. Under certain situations, I should be sure the user completes a step of a form or a quiz, or just I do need the user to select one Item or accept the terms and conditions before letting him continue, but I have a lot of documentation in the site about how to help filling these forms, or just with enough knowledge to help the user to comply the requeriments.. Even if the user must complete the operation, it should be able to see other content in the site, but do nothing else..

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David_Rothstein's picture

Lenses (selecting a subset of fields from a node)

I'm working on an idea for a new module and was wondering if anyone had any feedback. It may overlap a bit with existing modules (especially Views), but I think it's different and potentially interesting.

Basically, the idea is this: Sometimes, when viewing/editing/creating a particular type of content, you might want to do so through a "lens" that only shows you a subset of fields that you are interested in at that particular time. You only want to deal with those particular fields, without having to deal with the node as a whole (which may be very large and complex).

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mpare's picture

Sessions on "Community: Role of the Contributor" Wanted For Drupalcon 2008

My name is Matthew Pare and I'm a Co-Chair for the "Community and Core" track for Drupalcon Boston 2008. Over the last couple of weeks we have been planning and brainstorming to make Drupalcon Boston 2008 the best Drupalcon to date! One of our recommended track session topics is "Community: Role of the Contributor" and since your viewing this post on the Contributed Module Ideas group I thought you would be excellent candidates for submitting sessions on the topic.

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dewolfe001's picture

Desktop CCK

I saw this great piece from John VanDyk :

We've been having problems with our staff and their connectivity to the server. That is a separate track of what we are running down. But this got me thinking: could I write a desktop application?



  • A standalone application that can reside on the desktop
  • Negotiate login to the site
  • Get a CCK content-type schema and produce a form
  • Open up a form with ActiveX controls
  • Post to the site via an API call (or something like a PHP cURL submission)
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    agentrickard's picture

    Node Access Manager

    In the last week, I've helped two people deal with {node_access} table issues. is fairly typical of this sort of problem.

    Node Access is spooky stuff for most people, and there is generally no way to fix Node Access issues -- or bulk reset NA rules -- without writing SQL.

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    robertDouglass's picture

    Should someone write a "Submit as" module?

    Yesterday I downloaded and played with the Drigg module. Among its features is an option to let a privileged role submit content as a different user. The list of spoof users is also an administration option. The motivation for this is clear... it lets a handful of people easily make a site look like a bustling community. This is great for jumpstarting your Drigg site (which is designed to be a Digg clone), but how ethical is it?

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    agentrickard's picture

    Least permissions and node_access

    OK, so I'm working on integrating Domain Access with OG.

    Problem is, the current node_access system uses OR based permissions. What I really need is the option to set AND based permissions. For example:

    -- Current node_access rules

    return TRUE IF (og == TRUE) OR (Domain Access == TRUE);

    -- Desired rules

    return TRUE IF (og == TRUE) AND (Domain Access == TRUE);

    See for a full discussion and some possible options.

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    alex_b's picture

    Feed element mapper

    Over the last weekend I started to develop the Feed Element Mapper - a Feed API compatible module that ultimately should allow you to map any item on a feed to any field on your feed item node. Currently there is an implementation for taxonomies.

    Check out the screencast on our blog here:

    and you can grab the module here:

    (I just upgraded it to FeedAPI 1.0 compatibility)

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    nath's picture

    Ordered trees of nodes

    If one wants to have multiple multi-page articles on a site, one seems to be really limited right now. Especially if one wants to have the nodes in an ordered tree and wants to be able to insert new nodes anywhere in that tree and also wants to be able to move nodes from one position to another.

    So far I am using node_relativity which allows me to put nodes in a tree, but that tree is only ordered by the nodes id. I also had to heavily modify the output of the module as I need to output a table of contents of the article.

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    agentrickard's picture

    Using MySite with external applications and data

    A few technical notes for developers concerning how MySite interacts with non-Drupal data and application sources.

    First, a little history. The core goal of the MySite module is to abstract content published to a Drupal site. So the MySie distribution supports content types native to Drupal. The reason for this is scope: I don't have time to solve every problem, so I focus on those.

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    agentrickard's picture

    Facebook and MySite

    I've been mucking around on FaceBook for the last week. It's cool, and the apps are nice.

    And the dirty little secret is that MySite supports this type of "app" functionality through its plugin API -- it might even be made to read Facebook apps.

    So where's the developer love?

    /me stops whining

    [UPDATE: I have stopped reading this thread.] 23-OCT-2007.

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    madcapjack's picture

    Request for Project Ideas

    Hi. Allow me to introduce myself. I'm a student at university in the US in a graduate web development course specifically oriented toward drupal development, including module development. In searching for a project to do for this class, I've become rather frustrated. Every time I think of something to do I find that its already been done by some module or another, or can be done using some combination of existing modules. That's a good thing for the drupal user community, but not so good for me.

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    agentrickard's picture

    Content / Context API

    I just proposed this session for Barcelona. Hope it makes sense.

    Looking deeply at the MySite / Panels integration question, I think what we need is a unified abstraction API that lets modules find, collect, render, and display data in multiple contexts.

    Working on a unified API might be the best direction. Take a look at the session proposal and this brief overview.

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    aaron's picture

    Project Page Updated

    I just updated the RPG project page with a more current description. To add to the discussion, I'm cross-posting the juicy parts here and at Drupal RPG. (Sorry in advance for the spam if you're subscribed to the three posted groups...)


    The engine itself does little more than provide a core to build a game with. Although it is intended to be for online RPG's, there is no reason the base couldn't be expanded to create other types of games, such as Turn-Based Strategy games, RTS games, or even slidescrollers. The engine is able to do this by providing basic functionality for administrators to create, use, and share 'rulesets'.

    Rulesets are definitions of the Types, Attributes, and Actions used to create in-game objects. They may be created in forms available to game administrators, and may also be imported/exported from forms or even files. RPG Object Types follow inheritance rules, and may even include multiple parents, allowing types to share and even override attributes and actions.

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    augustin's picture

    Can the scope of this group be expanded a little?


    I welcome any initiative that aims to reduce time wasted, redundancy etc.

    This group was created to allow people to post their new module ideas, BEFORE they create them, before they start coding.

    What about all the modules already created, where redundancy already exist?
    Can this group be used to find a proper resolution?

    On the dev list, we found those four very related modules:

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    alex_b's picture

    Slide show pro SSP integration

    I've got a Slideshow pro module complete with views and filter integration lying around in my drawers. didn't come around to roll out a drupal project, will happen ASAP.

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