Quote by: jmucchiello
3. If this is gonna be the new default theme for 1.5, why the hell are we talking about this in the forum, and not on the home page of Geeklog.net as a featured story? Honestly, excellent coders though the core team are, they've just got no sense of showmanship.
Because Eric is working on this for himself. He's not a core dev. He's just a guy making a theme. Other folks have said this could make a cool new default theme. Again, not core devs, just others with opinions. Second, when Eric showed up here looking for critiques, he picked the forums for his post. Submitting a story makes no sense until the theme is done and ready to go.
Exactly right Joe. To be clear, the theme discussed in this thread has not
been given a green light for inclusion in GL v1.5 (yet). I just formally asked the core devs via the mailing list. If they want it, they will let me know. If not, then my intent is to release it to the community just like all my other themes. My main intent with this forum thread was to seek feedback on the theme, (and I am grateful for all of the feedback received thus far) and also show that there is more than just mild interest in a new default GL theme.
Quote by: jmucchiello
Now, a totally unsexy roadmap I heartily endorse. But apparently the devs have decided that time to spend on Geeklog should be time spent coding and not time making pretty "about Geeklog" websites. Certainly understandable since the devs enjoy the coding far more than the PR work. And when you think about it, if you made core dev work a chore, who would do it?
I heartily agree. Yet additionally, just because the core devs choose not to focus on the PR side, doesn't mean that it isn't needed and should continue to be neglected. I think it would be wise to enlist the aid of long time proven GL contributors (like yourself and others) that have an interest in these other PR needs of GL that often go by the wayside, and give them some responsibilities and some sense of ownership over the site, etc. I've often found that a good programmer does not necessarily make a good webmaster, or a good PR person, etc.
I also second the need for a GL dev roadmap. It needs it in the worst way! Even if it is just someone stripping the essence out of the dev mailing list and posting it somewhere on a static page. Something concrete to benchmark progress toward, focus on desired features, and give a general sense of ongoing development is highly needed. The forum is an ideal place for this. A read-only forum for the actual roadmap, and then developer topics and threads for each coding project. IMHO, that email list has served it's purpose, but seriously needs to be retired.
Calls for feature requests, pruning/prioritizing that list, assigning coding tasks/groups to each item on that list, following up as self-imposed deadlines approach, beta release, release candidates, final release. Start the process over again. Its relatively simple when stated in these over-arching terms, but at any given step with the way things are in their current state, I couldn't give you a clear picture on any of them. That is what a roadmap is for. To get you where you want to go. Without it, you're just driving around aimlessly.
Eric 'Geiss' Warren
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