Via Harald Hvaal’s blog I learnt that the first non-forum suggestion has been implemented! I think this shows without doubt that initiatives like the KDE Brainstorm are undoubtedly useful to the community at large, both users and developers. Keep on rocking!
Now that the KDE Brainstorm has been launched, it’s time to take a look at the results so far. Currently, the forum hosts 160 threads, approximately one for each idea, and 441 posts. Not bad for the first two days of operation. At the same time, the staff has been working hard to make sure only appropriate ideas (not bug reports, not duplicates…) are on the forum. People have also begun voting, although slowly: it’s understandable, given the fact that there are so many threads in so little time.
There are still some issues here and there. We understand that right now you’re forced to take a look at each thread to see the votes, but our plugin guru sayakb is currently working into that: hopefully you’ll see votes next to threads very soon! Remember, your input is also important to improve Brainstorm, so make sure you let us know if you find a bug or have any request.
I’m satisfied, so far. It clearly shows that there was a need to request features (also shown by Aaron’s post on openFATE a while ago) without clogging up Bugzilla. In a while, we’ll make sure that the most voted features will get forwarded to the relevant developers. As I said on the Dot story, I’m hoping this can bring users and developers more close together, and build a better community.
Last but not least, thanks go to KDE itself for being awesome, to OhReally, bcooksley and neverendingo for administering the forum, to sayakb for design and plugin magic, tkoski for moderation and more PHP, to msoeken and the rest of the mentor group. It’s always a pleasure to work with you guys!
It’s finally there: KDE Brainstorm has been launched today! Like this, it will be possible to propose features and have them voted by the community, and then submit the most voted requests to the developers. Every feature request is screened prior to posting, so duplicates, spam and flames are unlikely to occur. There is no guarantee that the voted upon features will be implemented, but as opposed to individual postings, this approach reduces the noise a lot, and allows a better communication between the “two worlds” (users and developers).
Got a creative idea? Hop over to the forums and tell the world about it!