[development] Duplicated modules

Steven Peck sepeck at gmail.com
Thu Mar 12 15:57:04 UTC 2009

If only there was a drupal.org redesign process people could get
involved with on the groups site.  I mean how neat would that be?  I
think I've read something about that somewhere.  Maybe on one of the
get-involved pages....  perhaps on a front page posting... I am not

Steven Peck

On Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 8:02 AM, Tomáš Fülöpp (vacilando.org)
<tomi at vacilando.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> I totally agree with Ivan Sergio Borgonovo, As If Productions, and some
> others on this issue. Duplication is not such a problem; it is the lack of
> useful categorization (module relation, similarity) and lack of efficient
> searching that leads to time wasting.
> 1) I used to use the long page with all modules and search using CTRL+F in
> it. That kind of worked for me - I could find related modules, and then read
> about them in tabs. But since the long page is broken by pagination, I am
> lost. The categories are unhelpful, as is the module search tool. Most of
> the time I find related modules by Google site search, but that's
> inefficient as well.
> Hence: let's aim for better categorization (by maintainers AND the module
> users), without limiting the tag count, and for a high-quality search (maybe
> autocomplete would be helpful).
> 2) Duplication means diversity and that means evolution. Even if it hurts
> and takes time, I am sure it is the best. In the process of testing
> prospective modules, we often discover exciting facets of them, and by
> communicating with maintainers we may help some of the projects flourish in
> unexpected directions. I would never trust any approval seals. Even download
> counts are more useful than any seal, IMHO.
> (I am imagining a large ToughGraph or suchlike map of Drupal modules, with
> all sorts of groupings and color-coded relations, with explanations on
> mouse-touch, etc., that might be lovely for the module jungle exploration!)
> Cheers,
> Tomáš (vacilando)
> --
> Tomáš J. Fülöpp
> Tomi at vacilando.org
> http://vacilando.net
> On Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 14:41, As If Productions
> <everyone at asifproductions.com> wrote:
>> At 05:45 AM 3/11/2009, Ivan Sergio Borgonovo wrote:
>>> What I'd find useful would be
>>> - better categorisation system and better search system on categories
>> Big +1 on that.
>>> - a flag to check if a module provides an API or is just an application
>>> - an activity index (average lines of code changed/time)
>>> - a issue queue index
>> Regular +1 on those.
>>> Maybe we could let people (other than the maintainers) to "categorise"
>>> the project.
>> Best idea I've heard yet.  Ivan, I want to have a beer with you.
>>> I really don't see duplication as a problem.
>> Ditto.  In fact I appreciate it.  It's finding the one you need that is
>> the problem.  The way I see it, this problem requires a
>> taxonomical/navigational solution, not a paradigm shift in methodology.  It
>> would have to be an ongoing task/project in its own right, but IMHO it's one
>> that could easily be supported by less-than-hardcore developers.
>> LVX
>> TF
>> ---
>> As If Productions
>> http://www.asifproductions.com
>> Interactive Worlds and Immersive Obsessions

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