Re: [Gimp-web] Check

I mostly recommended WordPress because, as a PHP/MySQL application,
it's the most similar to the previous Drupal solution. And Drupal and
Joomla are a lot more painful to work with. I do think WordPress could
do just about everything we want for the registry if you install the
right plugins, but if we decide to write some of our own plugins,
WordPress's beautiful simplicity and usability start to go back down. 
After working with WordPress for a couple years, my personal preference
is definitely more in favor of using static site generators, but I
don't know if that'd work so well for the plugin registry. Instead,
what we might do is just maintain a list of descriptions and links to
the various GIMP plugin repositories on GitHub or wherever they are
being developed... This would certainly be the simplest way -- the
registry wouldn't even need to be a separate repository or website.
However, that would also isolate the users of each plugin from each
other, so it would be harder to try getting help from the larger GIMP
I'm just spit-balling here.
Otherwise, for a dynamic web server and friendly web UI, using more
focused software would probably be a better solution, I just don't know
so much about administrating them. Discourse is definitely high-
quality, functional, beautiful forum software. They apparently even
have converters for other forums <>
which is nice. I don't know about versioning for user file uploads,
though -- I can't find anything that says Discourse supports such a
thing. Perhaps, unless someone finds an even better solution, plugin
developers could just update the original post where they first
announced and released their GIMP plugins? Or, users could still
download plugins from the git repo, but developers are encouraged to
provide support/discussion on the GIMP Discourse site.
On Tue, 2015-11-10 at 03:23 +0000, Pat David wrote:
I'm actually sort of leaning towards the idea of possibly using a
discourse instance as a replacement for the registry. It would serve
the dual purpose of incorporating a forum/comment system that we
could use on the site as well (if we were so inclined). 

Honestly, the existing functionality of the registry was pretty much
exactly this. I'll expand on my rationale a little later. 

I'm personally not so sure that a Wordpress infrastructure would be
the most appropriate (but would be happy to hear thoughts around it).
On Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 10:14 PM John Roper <johnroper100 gmail com>
I would be willing to set it up. I have setup at least 5 wordpress
sites for various uses before.
I also write scripts for it.
On Monday, November 9, 2015, Andrew Toskin <andrew tosk in> wrote:
If we decide to rebuild the registry site from scratch, I think
WordPress would be *much* easier to set up than Drupal or Joomla,
WordPress has pretty good spam filters via plugins officially
by Automattic, the company developing. There are a lot of web CMS
applications out there, but WordPress is by far the easiest to
among the PHP/MySQL stacks, and still pretty versatile for web
Either way, I think the GIMP Plugin Registry provides an
service. We shouldn't let it fall to the wayside. 
On Sun, 2015-11-08 at 16:44 -0500, Kasim Ahmic wrote:
The site looks great! I only have a few minor cosmetic concerns

1. The About GIMP, Documentation, Donations, Get Involved, and
Tutorial links in the footer and menu bar don't have icons next
them. What's strange is that on the mobile version, the
and Tutorials links both have icons. I personally think these
look nice:
 - About GIMP: Not sure but maybe a question mark?
 - Donations: A simple dollar sign
 - Get Involved: A handshake

2. The images for the GIMP icon in the menu bar and footer are
lower quality than the other icons. I'm only looking at the site
my phone so I can't tell for sure but I'm gonna assume that the
icons are vectors whereas the GIMP icon is a bitmap image. Also,
icons for Scribus, Inkscape, and SwatchBooker should either be
in size or replaced with higher DPI icons for hi-res devices.
do the same thing with the "Graphic Design Elements" and
Algorithms" backgrounds but loading higher DPI images for those
start causing load issues for people on mobile devices so I
think that's too important personally.

3. The Recent News title on the News page doesn't have a border
shadow underneath it like the Documentation, Tutorials, and
titles on their respective pages do.

4. The OpenHub activity tracker's design and style doesn't fit
the rest of the site. But that's just mostly color scheme and

Other than that, everything else looks great!

A far as the GIMP registry goes, part of me wants to preserve it
just update Drupal to the latest version (assuming it's
compatible) and hope it has better spam protection. But on the
hand, I'd like to see it redone entirely in a way that's built
spam protection from the group up. They both have their pros and

Fix the Current Site
 - Should be relatively simple.
 - No loss of plugins and posts.
 - Current registry users won't have to learn a new system for
posting plugins or responses.

 - AFAIK, there's no real version control on Drupal making it
difficult for users to find the version of a plugin their
 - Potential for future problems due to old server configs.

Create an All New Site
 - We can rest assured spam won't be an issue.
 - We can modify it to our and the users needs from the ground

 - Will be a massive undertaking.
 - Will have the need for moving over old plugins from the old

Those are just my thoughts on it.

Kasim Ahmic

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 8, 2015, at 10:27 AM, Pat David <patdavid gmail com>

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback!

On Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 4:37 PM yahvuu <yahvuu gmail com>

  There is a typo in Section 'High Quality Photo
      'GIMP provides the tools for needed for high quality
                 (delete word)  -------^

Awesome!  Thank you for that - fixed in 41b3f77

  Things you might consider:
    - Section 'Extensibility & Flexibility':
      Add Link to

I agree with adding this link to the section, but am not sure
if we
hold off until we decide what we want to do with the registry
just go
ahead and link it, and let folks get the archived version
until we
things up).  The registry is in a poor state, and there's not
we can
do about it from our end (old drupal install that is
vulnerable to

I was going to address some ideas in a separate thread on the
later at
some point and see what everyone thought.

    - A new Section "Get Involved":
      ~ "GIMP is a community project which is driven by
volunteers with
a wide range of interests and skills. Have a look how you
part of the community" with link to  *)

Great idea!  I'll have a look at integrating a section like
this.  Along
that same idea, we should probably have a look at cleaning up
/develop/ and
making it a bit cleaner, simpler, clearer?  We've already had
couple of
commits for those pages, yay!

  - Section "GIMP Development Links":

    "Martin Nordholts’ GIMP Blog -- What happens in GIMP
      ^--- The blog is not active anymore, this item can be

I see that it's not active, though the information is still
there.  Should we delete the link completely or mark it as
leave the link to the old material?  I'm not sure on this and
for some guidance/opinions from those who know more than me.

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