A totally inconsequential blog post. Because I can.
This is where the developers hang out, and people trade ideas and complaints and how the heck do I do X discussions. There is something worth noting in the dog food eating department that they are using their own software in support of it.
Meta, get it?
I must say the response to my questions, especially n00bie ones, was incredible quick, and helpful. Most of the time I got a response in 30 minutes. When was the last time some commercial software company gave you a response that quickly?
Anyhow, last week, while trying to work out the kinks of the bulk account creation, I posted there asking if there was some way of seeing a count of the number of pending invitations and the ones that had been redeemed by users. The only way I had done it was by scrolling the whole list and counting the number of finds in the name of a button that is in every line.
Discourse co-founder Jeff Atwood gave it a thumbs up within a few hours, an in less than a week, the code changes were pushed to github. And the latest update to discourse (for which Tim helped out with) rolled in my suggestion- now when I look at my invitation displayed, I can see the counts right there in the column heading.
It’s hardly a world changing feature. And this is pretty much old hat for open source software.
But it feels pretty damn good to ask an idea, have it discussed, and see it appear as a feature in a system I am using. Within a week. When I make a suggestion in an Apple forum, all you hear are the plinks of small stones falling down a bottom less well.
What if school worked like that?
Top / Featured Image credits- emailed to me my Tim Owens, ask him where the heck it came from. Or just read the freaking graphic. That thing on the bottom? It’s called an Earl. There is a badge generator site, you don’t need Mozilla
The post "Gimme a Badge! My First Discourse Feature Suggestion Baked In" was originally pulled like taffy through a needle's eye at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2015/08/gimme-a-badge/) on August 25, 2015.