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From Roberto Galoppini <rgalopp...@geek.net>
Subject Extensions and Templates New Features
Date Thu, 09 Aug 2012 12:42:54 GMT
Below what's new, I also blogged about that at SourceForge blog.

1) Download statistics are now automatically obtained via the
SourceForge API and are more reliable than the old system, in which
the counters had been turned off and remained stuck for a long time
due to inaccuracies in the counting procedures and incompatibilities
with cache system. By the way, the SourceForge API is the same system
used for the official Apache OpenOffice counter downloads.
Additionally, since we can’t calculate statistics for externally
hosted extensions as reliably, their download counters have been
removed and they won’t appear in the “Most Popular Extensions”
listings. This is also the case for Commercial extensions with no
public releases. Note that the default home page of the Extensions
site has been set back to "Most Popular Extensions", as we believe
that newcomers would probably benefit from having the top extensions
in the home page. To provide visitors only meaningful statistics, the
daily download numbers have been replaced by a link to a timeline with
real-time statistics, charts and analysis.

2) The new antispam system is now online on the Extensions site. We’ve
tested it extensively. Since the live site receives up to 50 spam
submissions per day it was pretty easy to figure out if it was working
properly. It has been in operation for over a week and so far has
proved very effective. For end-users this means meaningful comments
are more visible and the possibility of adding comments if needed
(something we had to temporarily block for some titles because of the
spam).

3) We updated the graphic theme of the site and the primary links to
reflect the new name and new logo for Apache OpenOffice. In this way
visitors can more easily identify these sites as the official
repositories of OpenOffice Extensions and Templates, and they can be
confident that they are still maintained.

Roberto

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