How can we make the Forge more effective?

vtiger forge has been moved  to its new house. I would like to open the discussion on how we can make the Forge more effective. There are many projects out there that can be integrated into the main trunk , that can be mashed and integrated, that can be used independently, etc. I need help in finding out how to make the Forge more effective. I have less experience on this front. The intent is to promote the forge, help developers  develop on top of vtiger, venture into new and useful avenues and prosper together. Balduin has been pointing out this Achilles Heel for sometime and I have NO answer for it now. How should we move forward on this?


My actual name is Ravindra Nath Shiva Shankar, am 29yrs old and love working on Open Source, recently married. I dream of making vtiger the default Open Source CRM solution. vtiger has to be so good that it propels a seachange towards -' Open Source is buggy' mentality. I have been with vtiger right from its inception. I have designed vtiger, implemented it and have started selling it too. Right now the focus is on Business Development and Leadership for vtiger. I was working on Network Management Solutions prior to working with vtiger. I will be sharing the inside-story of vtiger and my life. You can contact me at richie at vtiger dot com/indigoleopard at yahoo dot com. I am responsible for what I do. Things change so we must have the wisdom to accept change and move along with it instead of being stubborn.
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If i can suggest:

– good and easy for undrestanding categories (not bad defaults like now) – feature for category suggesting
– clean and simply modern layout (usability)
– pre-defined statuses (alfa, beta, rc, maturity, stable)
– pre-defined something like Component in trac (patch, hack, new module, core enhancement etc)
– info for wich version vtiger is projct tested
– comments, ratings (posibility sort by..this)
– good (user editable with WISIWIG and images) news page + clear rss feed
– language availability info
– functional SVN for devs
– bug tracker
– and much more

I want recommend use forge (or another one centralized sys) also as download section, now is very confused find anything (something is in forge, part of languages is in vt download section, something is nobody know where. I have experience with softed theme: many downloads when is post about that in forum (Weekly Snapshot), after that, absolutely pure count… So , im now suggesting new category for forge named “themes” 😉 This is promised by Radiant long time ago.



Anything happened with the forge, so far?
Just checked it out again, but still seems much the same to me…

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