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How to enable voting on tickets

Until now, voting on tickets has been a bit of a hidden feature. We’ve offered it for years but it’s never been enabled by default. Now all new projects, and new ticket trackers installed into existing projects, will have voting enabled.

Anyone who is logged in can vote for a ticket. Use this to gauge demand for new features and bugs that need to be fixed. And, on the ticket list views, you can sort by total votes and see what is most popular.

Votes on a ticket

If you’re a project admin, you can turn on ticket voting for your pre-existing ticket trackers. Just go to the Options page for that tracker and click Enable voting on tickets as shown below.

Enable Ticket Voting

We hope this makes tracking your tickets even better!

New Feature – Forum Stats

We’re pleased to announce a new feature for all discussion forums on SourceForge: a graph of forum post statistics.  Check it out!  Here’s an example of what it looks like on the 7-Zip forums.

Screenshot of Forum Stats

 

Project Data Export

Today we’ve launched a new feature for all SourceForge projects – data export.  The data export provides a zip file of all your project’s metadata, forum, ticket, wiki, and blog content, so you can have a local copy of your own data – for safe keeping, data analysis, custom reporting, etc.  The data for each tool is a JSON file, using the same format as our API for individual tickets, wiki pages, etc.  You can generate an export from the Admin page on your project.  Just choose “Export” from the left menu, check off the tools you want to export, and hit the “Export” button.

Export screenshot

Depending on the size of your project, it may take a few minutes to generate.  You’ll receive an email when it’s done, with instructions on how to securely download it.  If you have private data (e.g. tickets), that will be included, so keep your data safe.

Code repositories and file releases are not included in this backup file.  If you want to back up your code repository, see these SCM rsync backup instructions.  File releases are already mirrored to servers around the globe, but if you’d like to pull down a copy for yourself, see our file management instructions which also covers files on your project web space.

Longer Project Names

We’re excited to announce that project “shortnames” used in URLs and filesystems have been expanded to allow 30 characters instead of 15 characters.  This is a tiny change but a really big one too.  Now you can start your next project with a nice long descriptive name:

project registration screenshot

For existing projects, the full project name text (which can be long already) can be changed at any time on your admin page.  If you’d like to change the url/shortname, you can file a Support Ticket to request it.  We’ll process the rename for you (note: URLs, including code repository locations, will change and download stats will be reset).