[development] Issue queue links from project pages?

Domenic Santangelo domenic at workhabit.com
Thu May 7 21:37:30 UTC 2009

On Thu, May 7, 2009 at 2:11 PM, andrew morton
<drewish at katherinehouse.com> wrote:
> On Thu, May 7, 2009 at 1:01 PM, Michael Favia <michael at favias.org> wrote:
>> Derek Wright wrote:
>>> However, the point of the maintainers block isn't necessarily to provide
>>> links people click on, but text people read.  And data about how many
>>> maintainers, who they are, and how active they are is important information
>>> for assessing the health of a project.
>> Project statistics are useful  to us but most users dont care about them.
> Are you basing that statement on anything or is that just your speculation?

I'm not sure they're useful as presented. They're interesting for
sure, but not informative as-is.

http://drupal.org/project/paging - last commit from Gurpartap: 2 weeks
ago. Next maintainer (Darren): 48 weeks ago. Last D5 recommended
release was in January.
http://drupal.org/project/panels - last commit (now) by merlin, next
by Sun: 11 weeks ago. Last D5 recommended release was Aug 2008.

Two heavily used and (I think) maintained modules, but the "at a
glance" stats paint a different picture. If I knew less about these
projects or the Drupal community as a whole, I do not think I would
conclude that these are healthy projects. YMMV.

As to the issue queue re-placement, the fact that someone asked on the
dev list, and the first reply didn't notice it either should be a hint
as to the UX issues caused by putting that block there. Perhaps it is
a "zomg they moved my taskbar to the top of the screen and i cant find
the start button anymore lol!" kind of thing, but I'm having a tough
time reconciling those RHS blocks as related to the full page post in
my head.

My $0.02.

Domenic Santangelo
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