Unknown Bliss wrote:
Pony99CA wrote:One example they often used was that word processors had to have search-and-replace, even though many users never even used the replace feature. But it's nice to have in case you do need it.
Word processors are designed for every user, forums are designed for those slightly more technically minded. Web development scripts quite often have plugins/extensions/MODs, desktop applications don't have them so much.
Actually, boards have (at least) two types of users -- the owners who install phpBB (and are often more technical, although often not by much as some of the Support forum topics show
) and the users of the board (who may not be technical at all). Board owners often claim many of the features requested are for their users. Other features are to make administering and moderating the board easier (like the plug-in system and better warnings/banning previously mentioned). I think that some admins might use checklists for both classes of features.
Unknown Bliss wrote:
Pony99CA wrote:Yes, that leads to bloated software, but in the case of phpBB 3.1.x, that could be mitigated by adopting my officially-supported plug-ins development model. (I do wish at least one of the developers would give me feedback on whether they thought that it was a good idea or why it wouldn't work.)
Indeed, official MODs by phpBB would be a good idea. The main problem would be man-power, I personally think it would be preferable that time would be spent validating modifications/developing phpBB itself than developing phpBB MODs? And it would most likely come under the MOD Team, not the development team
If you read my original post
, offically-supported plug-ins weren't just intended to add new features; they were also supposed to be used to make the core leaner (an oft-stated goal here) by removing lesser-used features from the core (Jabber, birthdays, etc.). I expected that developers would remove the features and put them in officially-supported plug-ins. (If you haven't read that topic previously, please at least read from that post on; I flesh the concept out more by suggesting more features that could be candidates for removal and suggest creating a "phpBB 3.0 compatibility pack" to get those features back.)
If you want the MOD team to develop new features as officially-supported plug-ins, that's fine by me. The important thing is that such features would be guaranteed
to be supported in future versions of phpBB.