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== Where to make modifications ==
== Where to make modifications ==
[http://directory.fsf.org/wiki/Property:Featured_date Featured date property], [http://directory.fsf.org/wiki/Property:Featured_source Featured source property], [http://directory.fsf.org/wiki/Property:Featured_category Featured category property], [http://directory-dev.fsf.org/wiki/Template:Featured Featured template], [http://directory-dev.fsf.org/wiki/Template:Featured_output Featured output template]
[[Property:Featured_date Featured date property]],
[[Property:Featured_source | Featured source property]],
[[Property:Featured_category | Featured category property]],
[[Template:Featured Template for marking a page as featured]],
[[Template:Featured_list | Template for displaying query on main page]],
[[Template:Featured_output Featured output template]]
== Organizing involvment ==
== Organizing involvment ==

Revision as of 15:11, 20 October 2011

This is one of the proposed features to this site.

The Premise

The idea is to feature program(s) about once a month within the directory, and to display a history of recently featured programs on the main page. The initial source of programs will come from the GNU Spotlight in the FSF Supporter publication.

Appearance: Todo

  • There will need to be a "Featured" section under the "Query or Browse" section that lists a few of the most recently featured items.
  • There can be a short "featured programs" section at the top of the search results if there are any matches.
  • We should make a bold "This program was featured Sept 2011." string for previously featured programs on their info page.
  • Have a "featured" page that lists all of the featured program history.
  • We can make a "featured" icon in browse mode next to each featured program's name.


  • Create Property:Featured property (date format)
  • Add parameter to form
  • Make a Template:Featured template, so we can have a string describing the source, such as the FSF Supporter. This should also allow for multiple "featured" dates.

Sample SMW Code

This template can be used on an entry page:

|featured date=2011-10-03
|featured source=FSF Supporter
|featured category=Development

However, editing by hand shouldn't be necessary, as there are is a section of Form:Entry that lets you set values there. (You can use it on any page by selecting "Edit with Form". On the other hand if there is an error in another field, then you may not be able to use the Form, in which case, you will need to click "Edit" and paste in the above template at the bottom of the page.

This query can be used on the main page to show a featured item:

{{#ask: [[Featured date::+]] [[Featured category::Desktop]]
|?Featured date
|?Featured source
| link=none
| format=ol
| template=Featured output
| sort=Featured date,Name
| order=descending
| limit=5

Test SMW Query

  1. MultiBit: featured on 9 August 2013
  2. Tahoe-LAFS: featured on 8 August 2013
  3. Coreboot: featured on 11 July 2012
  4. GNU Denemo: featured on 11 July 2012
  5. Pino: featured on 11 July 2012
  6. CUnit: featured on 5 June 2012
  7. GNU LibreJS: featured on 5 June 2012
  8. Icedove: featured on 5 June 2012
  9. GNU Linux-libre: featured on 26 April 2012
  10. LibreOffice: featured on 26 April 2012
  11. Lua: featured on 26 April 2012
  12. Blender: featured on 17 March 2012
  13. Django: featured on 17 March 2012
  14. GNU Health: featured on 17 March 2012
  15. Audacity: featured on 4 February 2012
  16. GNU Octave: featured on 4 February 2012
  17. SDL: featured on 4 February 2012
  18. Glade: featured on 5 January 2012
  19. QtiPlot: featured on 5 January 2012
  20. GNU Parallel: featured on 31 December 2011
  21. ... further results

Where to make modifications

Property:Featured_date Featured date property, Featured source property, Featured category property, Template:Featured Template for marking a page as featured, Template for displaying query on main page, Template:Featured_output Featured output template

Organizing involvment

Developing the feature

Right now, I (sudoman) am working on this. If you are interested in helping, get in touch with sudoman or jgay by leaving a message on our talk pages, or on IRC (irc.freenode.net).

After the feature has been developed

An active volunteer may be chosen to update the program information each month, and then to add the "featured" tag (with the date) to each featured program's page. If updating the program information for each page turns out to be time-consuming, then that volunteer can delegate some of the work involved in that process. If a dependable volunteer agrees to do the job on a regular basis, then they may do so.

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