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

Hard Patel hardpatel28 at gmail.com
Fri May 3 13:32:29 UTC 2013

Hi Andrew,

I would love to answer your questions.
I have updated my blog
post<http://hardpatel.com/wp/gsoc-2013-notifications/>and my GSoC
to answer your questions.

A quick summary,
I plan to store data in wp_options table in serialized format as it is not
going to be too large to handle.

I have started envisioning Notifications API and more details about API has
already been updated at both the places.

By tutorial, i didn't mean simple text based tutorial. I meant current
activity based tutorial.
For eg if user has not done any initial task out of 7, then notification
center will display “Welcome to WordPress, here are 7 basic things which
can make your WP rock”.
And clicking on that notification will take them to page which can help
user to complete remaining tasks.

User walkthrough is going to be just a part of Notification Center. Since
it is going to use the same API and mechanisms.

If you still think it won't be a good idea to do both of them, and i have
to choose between notification center and user walkthrough to make only one
thing awesome, I would like Notification Center based on current activities
more. :)

Thank you for the time and consideration.

Blog Post - http://hardpatel.com/wp/gsoc-2013-notifications/
GSoC Application -

Best Regards,
Hard Patel

On Fri, May 3, 2013 at 11:44 AM, Andrew Nacin <wp at andrewnacin.com> wrote:

> 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?
> Nacin
> 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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