- I am a systems analyst schooled in Brain Science and IT.
- I operate a WP + Discourse forum.
- I have never written a Discourse plugin.
Out of the box, there is no programic workflow in WP + Discourse that enables for example, a casual patron of my site to instantly share, Wired: This Guy Is Creating An All-NewW CELL Network Built By You, an article relavant to an existing discussion or to spawn a new topic using the WordPress/JetPack "Press This" (codex: functions, hooks, classes, or methods) allows quick publishing with a special web browser bookmarklet. You can create a post by quoting some text, images, and videos on any web page. That is primative compared to hundreds of social media plugins.
To imply the creation of such an app or extension is in some fashion exotic or not a common expectation of functionality when using social media is not an informed opinion. If you wish to debate that in another thread of discourse I’m interested if we stick to a context of evidentiary science.
I use Facebook professionally. However, I don’t personally enjoy it. I have no choice but to take my patron’s enjoyment of the platform seriously. The Facebook Discussion Groups, their mini-forums, are now integrated with their Page architecture. The workflow for sharing data both in and out network is virtually seamless, and the official facebook smartphone apps for administrating for groups and pages are well designed and easy to use.
If you post in one group then go to another, the moment someone responds to your comment a contextual box opens as a option to respond if you want. The UX notifies with context, and require no User action. The group format remains poorly formed but I totally want that notification feature adapted to Discourse ontology.
Back to spontaneous sharing.
Crafting a smartphone app and browser extension is not remarkable. The saturated level for apps and extensions and the tools to make them with is mindnumbing. There are apps for making social apps that don’t require any knowledge of programming, whatsoever.
While there may be logic specific to the Discourse ontology and code schema, niether evidences prerequisites outside your experience. The cost of productionalizing an app and extension suite for the Discourse ecosystem is significant, but not insurmountable.
The way I see it, time and project bandwith is the real problem. I would chose to hire the talent, and gift the project to our community instead of stealing mindshare from projects that I know deserve higher priority.
If you are interested in being on that team, pleave let me know. It will be third project in the queue and a year out from inception. If you have a candidate to recommend for project manager with elite personnel, business, and code management kung-fu, let me know please.
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