Anyone want to help make the Addon application into a user Showcase application?
I just discovered this Addon application (new to me) on GitHub at: https://github.com/vanillaforums/VanillaAddonsApp. I was helped to get it working on my forum (thank you!) in this post: http://vanillaforums.org/discussion/26932/how-did-you-make-the-vanilla-addon-theme-application
I'm going to, as time permits, modify it so users can showcase their efforts using my open source software on my Vanilla forum, and I thought it would be useful here (Vanilla Community Forum) as well as elsewhere, for users to have a place to showcase their websites, or whatever they build using the developers' tools.
The showcase section of the forum would be for peers and developers to review and be inspired by actual installations.
Anyway, to do something cooperative like this should I just make a fork off the GitHub repo of the Vanilla Addon application, name it Showcase, and see if others start joining in? Would it be best to create an organization maybe called Showcase or Forum Showcase on GitHub for the remix of the application, and then have the organization fork the repo (that way I would not own it, and could welcome others in)? Is there a preferred method for remixing and adding back in Vanilla open source applications, pluggins, themes, etc.?
From Addon to Showcase Idea
My thought is to replace the download button with a "Come See!" button.
The approved message with something else more content or best practices related, or maybe no message at all, as content on sites can change at any time, unlike uploaded pluggins sitting in your site's folder.
Replace the "Questions" title for user posts with "Comments" or even better with the ability to use the Q&A plugin to both ask questions and make comments. Essentially, a mini-forum focused on users' attempts to implement whatever the main forum is about.
Create a form for users to enter descriptive information, since it will not be pulled from an uploaded file (that might be too challenging for me if that involves adding database fields to capture these details). I'll at first just aim to have all the describing done by the user in the description field, unless someone else would help with the form creation.
Anyway, I've always wished there was a place on forums like Vanilla's or like The Bug Genie's (the other project I'm very appreciative of) to see what others are doing with the software, and read what developers and peers think of their modifications, customizations, uses, etc.
I found this post echoing this desire for a user showcase: http://vanillaforums.org/discussion/comment/197229
I'm thinking if done right, it would be safe place both for users to show what they have done and recommend the pluggins, themes, etc. they used to accomplish what they are showing off. Mmm... So would also need a list of links for users to credit all the people who contributed to their look and feel and functionality. Cheers!