[development] Please suggest user experience improvement patches for: managing large list of items, and discovering Drupal administration settings

Trae McCombs traemccombs at gmail.com
Mon Oct 16 00:29:06 UTC 2006

Kieran, Sorry if this is OT, but I think it sorta makes sense to say this on
this thread.

I think the #1 problem Drupal faces is this:

Difficulty to upgrade.

I'm sure I'll get flamed for this, but... I think there should be a button,
or something in the admin section that says goes something like the

Upgrade - Configure when your Drupal software is upgraded

1. Status
Upgrade is pending - Somewhere something should say: Upgrade pending!
No Upgrades present - Same place it should say: No Upgrades Needed.
(wording is off, but you get the idea)

2. When are your upgrades to be run?
[Only when security releases are available - does this poll drupal.org? heh]

3. Level of upgrades [Email UID 1 (or whoever is specified) when something
is done or available ]
Simple Notification
Download update but don't install
Install upgrade but perform only when UID1 logs in and approves
Automagic upgade with no user intervention needed.

Heh, Ok, I know I'm probably smoking crack here, and none of this is
possible, BUT, from a "newbie" Drupal Administrator, this would be a MAJOR
plus on helping keep things maintained.  I'd personally select the Automagic
upgrades.  That way I wouldn't have to worry about things.

There is a LOT more thinking that has to go into something like this, and I
know it's probably a 6.0 feature, but... it would really make managing a
Drupal site a complete and utter breeze.


On 10/14/06, Kieran Lal <kieran at civicspacelabs.org> wrote:
> Hello, there are hundreds, possibly thousands of available patches in
> the queue for head.
> If there are patches available that address managing large lists of
> items (users, nodes, comments, groups, blocks, menus) then please
> help identify them.
> Also, if there are patches that help in the discovery of Drupal
> settings for administrators please help to identify those patches as
> well.
> These are not requests for new features to be added to Drupal 5.0.
> It is a request to help identify proposed solutions to user
> experience problems that have been identified in the Drupal
> administration survey.  We would like to include these proposed
> solutions as part of the user experience survey report.
> Cheers,
> Kieran

    Trae McCombs || http://occy.net/
  Founder - Themes.org // Linux.com
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