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From Rich Bowen <rbo...@rcbowen.com>
Subject Re: projects.apache.org overhaul proposal
Date Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:40:47 GMT


On 01/14/2015 06:48 AM, Daniel Gruno wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I was having a conversation with Rich (Bowen) some weeks ago, and the
> sentiment was that our projects page ( projects.apache.org
> <http://projects.apache.org> ) could use a big overhaul. It's outdated,
> not very user friendly, doesn't really compile the data into anything
> useful (mostly just displays "raw" data) and it's difficult to navigate
> (no search abilities, no actual overviews).
>
> Therefore, I propose that the community development project takes over
> this project from Infra, which has no interest in continuing/maintaining
> it, and revamps it with both a new site design and a new LDAP/JSON-based
> information system which would enable people to edit their project
> details online without having to upload/change RDF files when something
> happens. This would also mean that everything could be rendered in the
> browser instead of relying on daily cron jobs to compile the page, and
> also allow us to add some inspiring/interesting graphical charts and
> overviews/timelines.
>
> I have been working on a proposal that follows these ideas, which is
> available for preview at http://projects.apache.pw/ for those
> interested. Only the first two tabs in the menu currently work (and the
> extensive search feature), but that is still most of what the old site
> has and then some. I am pondering on moving some of the front page stuff
> to the 'Timelines' tab instead, feedback is appreciated on this.

This is really cool stuff, and answers many of the questions that I go 
hunting for every time I do a presentation about the ASF. I'm *sure* 
I'll have feature requests going forward.

>
> So, comments, feedback, questions, anything is most welcome, especially
> comments on whether you:
> 1) think comdev should be responsible for the projects directory
> 2) think the proposal looks good/swell/nifty/whatever.
>

So, one thing you don't appear to mention ... what language is this all 
written in. My biggest concern with this is that it, like the first 
generation projects.a.o, might end up being another single-developer, 
single-maintainer site, and thus end up being unmaintained in short 
order. We want to avoid that.


> A few notes on the search feature:
> - You can search for virtually anything within a project, types,
> languages, descriptions, bug-trackers etc
> - Try typing your committer ID or Apache ID into the box, and it will
> show all projects you are a part of
>
> If there is consensus for moving this into comdev framework and
> collaborating on this, I will commit the proposal to a sub-folder in the
> comdev svn repository and ask infra for a VM where we can set this up.

+1 to moving this into comdev svn, but I do want to hear an answer to 
the above question. (Yes, I know, you've discussed this with me in IRC, 
but I'd like to have details on the record so that other people can step 
up and say, hey, I can do that!)


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Rich Bowen - rbowen@rcbowen.com - @rbowen
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