[geeklog-devel] Future of the Forum plugin

Tom websitemaster at cogeco.net
Sat Mar 19 10:35:16 EDT 2011

>> So in my opinion, we should keep the Forum backward-compatible for now

Okay I will update my tooltip patch to support older versions then.


-----Original Message-----
From: geeklog-devel-bounces at lists.geeklog.net
[mailto:geeklog-devel-bounces at lists.geeklog.net] On Behalf Of Dirk Haun
Sent: March-18-11 4:49 PM
To: Geeklog Development
Subject: [geeklog-devel] Future of the Forum plugin

This discussion shouldn't be buried in the bugtracker[1] ...

The Forum plugin is one of the most popular non-core plugins for Geeklog.
Unfortunately, it is currently without a maintainer. Since there were some
security issues to address, we took it under our wings[2] - so to speak -
for the time being.

I, at least, never intended this to be a permanent thing, though. There's
enough to do in Geeklog itself and I don't think we should add maintenance
for yet another plugin on top of that. In other words, we should be looking
for a maintainer or group of maintainers to ensure further development of
the Forum plugin, but outside of the Geeklog core team.

Now back to the discussion on the bugtracker: It was about adding support
for features that will be new in Geeklog 1.8.0 to the Forum plugin. Which
would mean that the Forum would require Geeklog 1.8.0 at the minimum. I
don't think this is a good idea at this point. We should try to keep it
available for older Geeklog versions, too.

Of course, we could create a branch, but that would then mean twice the
amount of work. Which is really too much for us to shoulder, IMO.

So in my opinion, we should keep the Forum backward-compatible for now
(nothing wrong with adding features, just make sure they don't require a
current Geeklog version). And in parallel, we should be looking for a new
maintainer or maintainers to ensure the further and proper development of
that plugin. There's a lot to do there and I have some ideas myself (and
would possibly be contributing some code as well). We just should get it
into someone else's hands again soon(ish).


bye, Dirk

[1] <http://project.geeklog.net/tracking/view.php?id=1220#bugnotes>
[2] <http://project.geeklog.net/cgi-bin/hgwebdir.cgi/forum/>

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