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04

Jul

2008

7 Myths to voting and reviews on the Joomla! Extensions Directory
Written by Ben Rogers   
Friday, 04 July 2008 13:26

 

What does it take to get your opinion of an extension onto the rating system?

 

This could be something that is floating in your subconscious whilst you frantically type away, submitting your welcome opinion on an extension you have just installed on your joomla! website. You have now typed up your review, voted for your favourite extensions and after a few days, you realise that only half of your reviews have been approved!

 

Being apart of the JED administration team, we respect and welcome all reviews and votes whole heartedly, although some measures must be put in place to reflect the utilitarian view we strive to incorporate into the integrity of the Joomla! extensions directory. Lets take a look some scenario's on how when we will approve ratings, voting and reviews.

 

1. Questions vs Reviews

 

Have you recently installed a new extension on your site, and found that it does not work or there is some feature of the extension which you can't figure out? This is a constant question we are presented with in the reviews section. Questions about the extension will not be published in the reviews section. These enquiries should forwarded to the developer. If you feel there is no response to an extension and it is in violation of the joomla Listing Rules report so or state the error within your review. The JED team will promptly adhere to your response. Just remember you are helping us keep the integrity of the Joomla! extensions in order!

 

2. Can I vote for my own extensions

 

Joomla! developers may not vote for their own extensions. Once you have released your extension through GPL or commercial licensing the popularity and stability of your extension will be decided through the voting system by the community.


3. How do I know if the voting on my extension is honest or a fallacy!

 

This is a question that the JED team takes very seriously. The directory is the centre for joomla developers to promote their products. For many developers the Joomla! extensions directory is the sole source for traffic to enable them to sell or release their extensions.

 

What does this have to do with voting and why is this of such importance?

 

When viewing a Component, Module or Plugin, nine times out of ten, people will base their decision for downloading the product on the previous votes of fellow community members. The voting and authenticity of the votes will be extensively and painfully monitored by the JED team to ensure that competitors are not voting down other peoples extensions whilst promoting their own. This creates a balance which is viable for the joomla guidelines.


4. Hey! how come my extension was not approved!

 

First of all we would like to say that we we appreciate, value and welcome all extensions. These are the pieces to the puzzle that makes joomla! what is is today. Before an extensions is published the team will firstly check the download link, install the extensions and check that it works on the platform the developer has specified when he has submitted it to the directory. Once everything has been verified, we will approve the submission.


5. Wait a second! I checked my submission everything works and my download link is valid, why is it not approved!

 

Once your extensions has been tested and prompted for approval, the last step we will take is checking the validity of your website. There could be one minor problem, your extension could work perfectly but your website may have some implementations which does not fit is so well with the joomla! collective community and rules.

 

Extension Download Websites should not have

 

  • Adult Material
  • Modifications of the joomla! logo
  • Modifications of the joomla! font type in relation to the logo
  • Explicit swearing or pornographic images
  • Misleading download link areas

 

6. I have just taken over the development of an extension which was GPL/GNU licensed. I think I might release it as a commercial extension?

 

This happens frequently, developers create an extensions and it changes hands to another developer.

 

In this instance lets look at a few factors

 

Originally the extension was developed as an open source GNU/GPL extension, the reviews and votes tied to this extensions were based on these facts. The corollary would be that they should stay with the original developer based on his preference in releasing the extension.

In such instances the original version of the extension will be unpublished. The JED team will contact the latest developer to submit the extensions again. We feel that in changing the licensing for an extension this should entail providing a clean sheet for voting / ratings for that extensions. This ensures the joomla! community is not mislead by previous statements for the GNU/GPL licensed extension.

 

7. This extension does not work and the website provides no support?

 

As the Joomla! extensions directory grows, developers will stop developing a product or it may become outdated. In this case submit your review or report the directory listing to an administrator. We will review the extension and make sure it fits within the joomla! Listing Rules. If the extensions no longer works we will unpublish it await a reply from the developer.

 

Fri

04

Jul

2008

JoomlaCode Maintainence - 5th July, 2008
Written by Sam Moffatt   
Friday, 04 July 2008 12:07

JoomlaCode is scheduled for software upgrades for three hours at midday GMT on the 5th July, 2008. This is get JoomlaCode up to date and provide some performance improvements. Additionally we will be performing some limited database maintainence as well following the success of the maintainence completed earlier in the week.

Check out http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=406&t=305136 for more information about the downtime and any further notices related to this down time.

Check out http://forum.joomla.org/viewforum.php?f=406 for up to date information on down time related to JoomlaCode.

 

Fri

04

Jul

2008

JoomlaCode Maintenance - 5th July, 2008
Written by Sam Moffatt   
Friday, 04 July 2008 12:07

JoomlaCode is scheduled for software upgrades for three hours at midday GMT on the 5th July, 2008. This is get JoomlaCode up to date and provide some performance improvements. Additionally we will be performing some limited database maintenance as well following the success of the maintenance completed earlier in the week.

Check out http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=406&t=305136 for more information about the downtime and any further notices related to this down time.

Check out http://forum.joomla.org/viewforum.php?f=406 for up to date information on down time related to JoomlaCode.

 

Thu

03

Jul

2008

Five Ways to Get a Review Edited or Removed
Written by Steve Burge   
Thursday, 03 July 2008 11:33
  1. I haven't used it, but ...  (please use it before you review it)
  2. How do I make it do this?  (please send support questions to the developer)
  3. Please could you make it do this?  (please send feature requests to the developer)
  4. I like it and am using it on my site: buy-viagra-and-play-texas-hold-em-with-angelina-jolie.com (self-promotional links will be removed)
  5. Add this code to make it work ... (unfortunately JED doesn't deal well with inserted code)

Its worth noting this line from the JED rules:

"The Joomla! Extension Directory reserves the right to edit and moderate all reviews to make sure their content is appropriate for publication on the JED."

That means that we may edit some reviews so that they obey JED rules. Its not unusual to get a review that is 90% fine and 10% unfit for publication (a self-promotional link inserted at the end for example). Rather than remove the whole review it makes sense simply to remove the invalid lines.

 

 

Wed

02

Jul

2008

1.5 Template Forum Changes
Written by Jennifer Marriott   
Wednesday, 02 July 2008 05:51

Please note.. your posts have not been lost! 

All of the posts from the Usability and Accessibility Forum and the CSS and Design Forum have been merged into the main 1.5 Template Forum.  Don't worry, your posts are still there.

We made this change because it was confusing to users which forum to post in, and it was also difficult for other users to help with answering questions, because posts scattered among so many different boards. If you are looking for your post, you can view your posts by searching or by using the View your posts link at the top of the forum.

What hasn't changed is that there is still a specific forum to deal with Template Overrides, which is a very specific new topic, and of course if you have an issue with one of the default templates that are installed with Joomla! 1.5.x, we have the BEEZ, Milky Way and JAPurity forums still to handle those specific issues. The good news is hopefully this change will allow all of us to ask and answer questions and help each other more effectively. 

Please remember there are some resources on the Docs Site.  If you know of a css slick trick, or have information you can share about templating, the documentation site would be a great place for you to share that information.

In the future I hope to share some templating resources, and interesting templating tidbits so stay tuned.

 


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