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Bitweaver Development Roadmap

Planning and Knowledge Share for Advancing Bitweaver

Created by: Will, Last modification: 15 Dec 2008 (15:19 UTC) by Will
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Ideas for the next major release of bitweaver

Robust Network Communication Handling

Build out SwitchboardPackage which will deal with the various complexities of network communications. Include investing in development of most common network communications as plugins to Switchboard: email, sms. The idea being that any kinds of transactions can be facilitated through switchboard. Such as enabling two way email interaction with BoardsPackage posts (e.g. sending and receiving posts like a mail list), to posting photos, videos, audio files etc, to TreasuryPackage from a phone. Also see Drupal Mailhandler and This will include removing switchboard's dependency on BitMailer, since email should become one of various possible communication methods.

Migrate all communication in distributed packages (like Newsletters) to route through Switchboard.

The idea being we centralize communication in one place and this will lead to more comprehensive solutions and lower code maintenance and better collective development.

Continue cleanup of BoardsPackage to bring it to level of phpbb

We should build out a list of specific todos - perhaps on the Boards package page. and we can point there for what needs doing.

Key missing features:
  • Board groupings
  • Nice pagination
  • Ability to add lots and lots of custom smilies. forum people are smiley insane
  • Signatures
  • Integration with MessagesPackage
  • Configurable cute little user level based on number of posts, eg "Noob" 0 < 10 posts, "Getting Aquantned" 10->100, "I'm a Regular", 100 -> 1000 "Old timer" > 1000 posts

Add History to Translations

this would allow sites to open translating to far more people. Each string would have a history.


This is legacy content from this page. Lets clarify if these goals were ever met or if we should still pursue them or scrap them.

Improved Comment Retrieval Performance

The current storage method for comments does not allow easy retrieval of a range of comments if a tree structure (i.e. replies to indiv comments) has been

Drupal has a scheme for creating comment keys such that comments can be tree structured, but easily retrieved in chunks with a single query.

Not difficult to implement, but requires a schema change.

Gateway between email and Content creation, Forums, comments, etc.

Universal Discussion

We have many possible ways for discussions:
  • mailing lists
  • forums
  • blogs
  • wiki-pages
  • IRC

Seems like it should be possible with central content management to make a discussion appear in all of these formats simultaneously. Each just being a different way of viewing the same information. email gateways to blogs and forums are pretty common, Zwiki has email to wiki, Drupal has email to content functions, comments are pretty much equivalent to to forums replies in concept.
IRC is a little harder, but while content -> IRC might not be practical except as summary, IRC -> content shouldn't be too hard.

Interfacing content with forums would probably be more practical with some kind of native forum implementation.

Edit Sections of Pages

The ability to edit sections of pages rather than always having to edit the entire page. Mediawiki supports this feature.


Allows reuse of content without making mulitple copies. See:


  • Remote API (Atom, RSS2, etc) to interact with other sites or desktop apps /spider
  • Email notification on new comment on any of your content /spider
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