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Task #1

  • Type
    Developer
  • Status
    Open
  • Description
    Update the list of events available in the CMS here: Plugin/Events.
The aim is to make this a complete list of all events that are or have been available across all versions of Joomla (1.5 onwards). Consequently, each event needs to be flagged with the version numbers in which it is/was available. This is done by adding a tag after the event name, like this {{JVer|1.6}}.
Some resources that might contain useful information:

Task #2

  • Type
    User
  • Status
    Open
  • Description
    "Many hands make light work". Think about your day as a Joomla site administrator and the tasks you had to perform. Think about the goals you were trying to achieve then break those goals down into a set a of short titles that can be added to this page: Administrator goals. This is a temporary page that will be transformed into something else at a later stage.
The idea is to collect a list of goals that a Joomla site administrator might need to perform. For example, "add a new page to the website" is an obvious one. To begin with don't worry too much about whether a particular goal can be broken down into sub-goals or how you would reach a particular goal by breaking it into a list of tasks that need to be completed; we'll do that stuff at a later date. For now we just want to capture as complete a list of goals as we can. Think about things from the user point of view so instead of things like "changing the publish start date" you might add "automatically publish or unpublish a page on a given date". We want all the most common goals and most of the less common ones, listed on this page.

Task #3

  • Type
    User
  • Status
    Open
  • Description
    The Evaluators page is intended to assist people who are evaluating Joomla to assemble the information they need to make the decision on whether to use it or not. I think it is in need of a review and a bit of an update. For example, the link to the demonstration site is clearly out-of-date. Please read it through and improve it if you can.

Task #4

  • Type
    Developer
  • Status
    Open
  • Description
    Accessing the database using JDatabase. This page needs some minor revisions. In particular, the section on “Preparing the query” should be extended to show how to use the JDatabaseQuery class to the prepare the query. This should include just the very briefest example as there really needs to be separate documentation pages that cover JDatabaseQuery in depth.
Also, I think the & can be dropped from the code fragments now as nobody should be running a PHP 4 server any more.

Task #5

  • Type
    All
  • Status
    Open
  • Description
    Sometimes pages are written on the wiki but the author neglects to add a link to the new page from an existing page. Sometimes too, links get deleted because they are no longer relevant and pages become orphaned that way. Regardless of how they came to be orphaned, such pages are harder to find than pages that are linked to. So, your mission Jim, should you choose to accept it, is to seek out lonely pages and either find them a new parent or flag them for graceful retirement. Here’s how to do it:
There’s a complete list of orphaned pages here: Special:LonelyPages
Choose a page from the list and read it through. Ask yourself “is this page still relevant to Joomla users?” Then...
  1. If you think it’s a complete waste of electrons then let me know by adding a link in this thread. The Documentation Team will then make a decision on whether to delete it or not.
  2. If you think it is worth keeping, try to find a page where it would be appropriate to link to it. If you can’t find a suitable page then flag it up on this list. Maybe someone else can find a suitable page. Perhaps the text would be better merged into another page rather than being linked to, so consider that too.
  3. If you’re not sure then just leave it and look at another page from the list.
Let’s see how many orphans can be found new homes this week.