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Tony Henrich
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    Users want to download skins and extensions. I don't see where users can do this on the site. I suggest a download link in the main menu. Very similar to what nopCommerce does. Browse by version number like they do. No ones wants to download something if it doesn't work with their installation.

     

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    Peter Donker
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      I don't think we'd host stuff ourselves. It's all about open source and central in open source are the public repositories Github, Codeplex and Sourceforge (with Github the current market leader). So the question is more: how would we build a directory of "stuff". I'm all for having that.

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      Tony Henrich
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        A directory of links. That's fine. But a way for module owners to add to the directory and set some properties about their modules like category, DNN versions support.. etc. So no single person has to maintain it.
        Greg Brown
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          I think this is an excellent idea. This was what I was trying to explain in the DNN thread we were recently posting in but I called it a store. Directory is a much better term for what I had in mind.

          The directory can list commercial (as well as open source) modules that are available and then either send the user to the developer's site or the DNN store to purchase it (or both) or wherever the open source module is hosted.  I see this solving another often complained about issue - DNN approved / reviewed modules.  The DNN approved modules idea was probably never going to work as it took too much time. But I'm thinking we would crowd source this task Newegg.com style - let the users give feed back on the module. Via threaded comments so the developers could respond to a comment and a custom form which forces users to input their DNN version and other important info. If we structure the input form so that it requires the info we want instead of just giving the reviewer a text box I think you could get some specific information.

          As far as nobody maintaining it and just letting developers add their modules - this has been tried before with less than stellar results. Someone (or a group) would need to "own" it to ensure it was complete and up-to-date. This is not a problem as this is an excellent job for the non-developers in the community who want to give something back. For that matter I would volunteer to help get it going and possibly maintain it.

          Philipp Becker
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            I don't really like the idea of having yet another directory. I remember when we were discussing the whole solutions situation we were focusing on high quality extensions.

            In another meeting we wanted to create best practices for module developers.

            My personal bottom line: I don't want a listing where every crappy developer can put his non working 10$ module in. If at all, we will need to find very strict policies.


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