as many of you certainly noted, we're having a spot of bother here at the Registry, primarily with the spam, but also with completing some features.
Therefore, I'm looking for volunteers who'd be willing to take on some tasks. Most importantly, we need more people to work on the Drupal configuration. There are some features that could help reduce the spam problem, and then the usability of the site has also suffered lately. Notably, some of these issues are due to my efforts at /improving/ usability, which goes to show that these things need quite a bit of testing before going live, which I have very limited for.
So, if you have Drupal experience and would like to pitch in, comment here!
Just to make this a bit more concrete, here are some things that could be done:
- About the spam: We've pretty much exhausted what captchas and content-analysis can do, there is still something coming through. Other sites have had more success with letting users do the rating on content (e.g., ala stackeXchange). This usually works be giving new users very limited permissions, and then, we they receive positive ratings, giving them more permissions. Spammers supposedly don't get positive ratings, so they can't do much. Drupal has some modules to do similar things, called "userpoints". These would need to be properly set up.
- The front page has numerous issues. I've put back the old home page now, after numerous complaints, but the changes had been in reply to previous complaints, so we still have something to do ;-)
- The main content navigation ("Browse the registry"), is a page, instead of a menu. This is because the regular menu is too long already. There are several Drupal modules for using drop-down menus or similar, which could be explored to integrate this
- The browsing options themselves are quite limited. There are modules for searching, with full-text indexing, etc. These would also need setting up and configuring
- Ideally, I think users could also be given the possibility to come up with their personal selection of interesting plug-ins (e.g., like lists on Amazon). This could be setup easily using Drupal content types and views, but again, would need testing, and appropriate integration into the site's lists and navigation.
- In general, I think we have great users here, and there are probably other possibilities to include them more into building the site. We'd need to build some tools for that first, though. Drupal has all the basics, but they need to be properly configured.