Of course, there already is a place to make feature requests and get community votes: Bugzilla (http://bugzilla.wikimedia.org), which is meant to hold feature requests as well as bug reports, and which has a (little-known) voting feature.

I think the ideal place for that kind of discussion, though, is via the mailing lists - semediawiki-user or this one, depending on the feature. Then you can really get in-depth input, and try to reach some sort of consensus about what makes sense. There have been numerous discussions about SMW features on the mailing lists over the years, so this is already basically the default place for it.


On Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 2:29 PM, Jeroen De Dauw <jeroendedauw@gmail.com> wrote:

Following the recent discussions about the roadmap, I'm asking myself if there is no need for a process to get new items on it. I have several idea's that I think would be nice to implement, but not maybe not everyone agrees they should be. I think ideally there should be some place to request features with something that allows the community to categorize these by demand. And then a mechanism to check if the features with high demand make sense to put on the roadmap, and find out where to best put them.

Some people might think this is overkill since there is very little community involvement with these things right now, but I think this is in part caused by the current way of doing things itself. Right now I can either create a page somewhere with a list of stuff I want to have implemented, that no one will ever seriously look at, or just place things directly onto the roadmap.

I'm not sure what would be a good approach here, but it's probably a good idea to have a look at how other communities are managing this. I'd be very interested in other peoples thoughts (and suggestions) on this.


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