[wp-hackers] GSoC Idea - Notifications( New User Walkthrough )

Andrew Nacin wp at andrewnacin.com
Fri May 3 06:14:09 UTC 2013

Hi Hard,

I think this is pretty cool. We already have a "welcome panel" for new
installs, and UI "pointers" for new features, but there is definitely a
very wide opening for some work here.

One thing that would be great to hear more about is how you might plan to
store data (like the user's status as they work through the walkthrough),
whether you have begun to envision any APIs in either PHP or JS that would
be required to be built (and that plugins may need to use), etc. Basically
— feed us some technical details so we can see how your mind works!

Secondly: I am not sure how well a tutorial pairs with a notification
center. I think both are pretty important, but I would find notifications
to tie closer to activity streams than I would a user walkthrough. How do
you see them tying together? If you could focus on one piece of the project
and really make it awesome, what would you choose?


On Wed, May 1, 2013 at 5:12 PM, Hard Patel <hardpatel28 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello awesome people of WordPress
> My name is Hard Patel and I am applying for GSoC 2013 on idea
> Notifications.
> This idea is derived from WordPress’s idea New User Walkthrough
> <http://codex.wordpress.org/GSoC2013#New_User_Walkthrough>and basically
> opts to do 3 things.
>    1. Upon fresh installation, give user a nice friendly tutorial and walk
>    them towards their first post . Keep track of how many things user have
>    already done and how many are still left to do. Initial setup tasks
> include
>    changing password, editing tagline, picking a theme, choosing a comment
>    setting etc. At successive login, notifies users to go through remaining
>    things.
>    2. Give users tips and suggestions based on their recent changes about
>    what they can do next to take full advantage of WordPress. For eg. if
> the
>    default post category is “uncategorized” and then the user creates a
>    category , then the system reminds user to consider changing their
> default
>    category to something else. Or if user has set to moderate comments,
> but a
>    few days have passed and user hasn’t moderated any comment, then it
> reminds
>    user to either moderate/re-evaluate how you filter/manage content.
>    3. Extend its use by allowing plugin developers to put notices in
> *notification
>    center*. Whenever a plugin asks to put a notice on pages, the system
>    instead put notice in notification center and *not* on every page. This
>    will make WordPress dashboard cleaner.
> I didn't want to bother you all by sending the "long" proposal entirely in
> the mail.
> Instead you can read the entire idea at
> http://hardpatel.com/wp/gsoc-2013-notifications/
> Also here is the link to my GSoC application -
> https://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/proposal/review/google/gsoc2013/hardyy/1
> Feedback from potential mentors are very much appreciated. George Stephanis
> and Marko Heijnen were really helpful yesterday. I would also like to
> listen from Eric Mann and other mentors.
> Thank you for your time.
> Best Regards,
> Hard Patel
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