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SMF Development => Feature Requests => Next SMF Discussion => Topic started by: MrPhil on September 05, 2011, 12:15:03 PM

Title: Feature Wishlist
Post by: MrPhil on September 05, 2011, 12:15:03 PM
Here are some ideas for new SMF features that might greatly improve the product. Feel free to either mod them into the mainstream product, or use them in your own fork. Some of these might be better addressed as theme features, but would be useful to have widely available.

That ought to do it for now. Sorry about the haphazard order. I'll add more later if I think of them.
Title: Re: Feature Wishlist
Post by: emanuele on September 05, 2011, 12:35:44 PM
That's a huge list! :P

ability to repeat first post of a thread on each page ("what is is about" reminder) regardless of time ordering. May be pinned to each page
A bit of spam ( :P

  • for multiple items (topics, posts) displayed on one page, have an easy choice of preferred sort order. Order may vary by section (category), e.g., sort forum topics by creation date or subject line rather than last post timestamp
  • ability to vote posts or topics to the top of the list

reasonable way to re-add a user and associate their old posts with them, or add with a specific ID
Reattribute user posts (

ordered lists with choice of styles: 1., 1), 1 --, etc., B, b, II, ii, β, etc.
There is already ( a quite good list of possibilities! :)
Would you propose others?
Title: Re: Feature Wishlist
Post by: MrPhil on October 13, 2011, 09:31:53 AM
That's a huge list! :P
Shor 'nuf is... I hope it will give some ideas for new themes, new mods, improvements to base SMF, and even new forks. If someone is looking for something to do, but can't come up with a useful new feature, this list might help give them an idea or two.
Title: Re: Feature Wishlist
Post by: MrPhil on November 01, 2011, 09:30:47 PM
Hmm. It's kinda died stuck out here in a sub-subboard :( . Anyway, I'll poke it with a stick: "What kind of things do you wish SMF had done differently? If you were in charge of SMF 3.0, what would you put in it even if it meant breaking compatibility?" Even, "If you were designing a forum from scratch today, especially given the state of social media (blogs, Twitter, FB), what would you put in it?" How about some unlimited blue-sky thinking!
Title: Re: Feature Wishlist
Post by: live627 on November 02, 2011, 01:28:59 AM
I would infest the core with hooks, redo the theme so it uses more modern technologies, combine many templates into a unified form class, do away with mods or hacks and introduce plugins or add-ons that use purely hooks (file edits reserved only for updates), objectify a few things (central stuff), require 21st century software.