[wp-hackers] Filter Visualization

Jake Goldman wphackers at jakemgold.myfastmail.com
Wed Jul 7 16:56:44 UTC 2010

  Are you strictly targeting content manipulation filters? There are a 
lot of filters in WordPress...

Haven't given this a lot of thought, but off the cuff, it seems like 
"layman" users might not fully understand the consequences of 
haphazardly turning on and off certain filters. You may be able to 
document the purpose of some common filters (capital P, smilies, autop, 
etc), but that's a losing game, particularly since you can't document 
every filter added by third party plug-ins.

Developers and more sophisticated users may have a better grasp of what, 
exactly, they're enabling and disabling, but can also much more 
elegantly (and with far less overhead) turn off filters with one line of 

In short, I couldn't see me, my dev team, or any of our clients using 
"one filter managing plug-in to rule them all."

Just my off the cuff two cents.


On 7/7/2010 12:12 PM, Eric Mann wrote:
> OK, this is the third time I've tried sending this email ... hopefully it goes
> through for once.
> Over the past week or so I've been building a JavaScript-based event bus for a
> few of my projects.  In execution, it's very similar to the action hook
> structure of WordPress (which itself is an extension of the filter structure in
> WordPress).  Given the overwhelming popularity of filters on this list lately
> :-), I had the idea for a plug-in that I wanted to pass by and get feedback on
> before digging into it.
> My idea: A plug-in allows you to see all filters currently being used on the
> site and selectively turn them on or off without touching the code.  This would
> give power users the ability to quickly shut off filters they don't like, and
> would allow lay users to disable new features that might break a legacy site.
> Since it would be a plug-in, it wouldn't add additional options screens to core,
> but one day might even be able to take ownership of some of the filter toggles
> already in core (i.e. emoticons).
> Do you see any value in a plug-in like this?  Why or why not?
> ~Eric Mann
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