Blogs can be used to promote democracy. A topic can be discussed and people can leave their comments. But a plugin can be made to allow WordPress to be used for debates. This is where two or more parties discuss an issue. People should be able to leave their comments that then are a pool of “questions from the audience” that the participants are requested to answer. I think this is one of the really intersting public discussion tools that for now only are in the mainstream media and not in blogs (yet).

Do feel free to use my idea for making such a plugin or similar. I would appreciate a link back to this post, though. :)

A WordPress Plugin Database is up. Would be nice if it could be tied in with a plugin manager in WP13. Looks nice, and I’m happy the compability field is used.

Right, it’s time for changes for this blog. I need the following: a photoblog section and a linkblog section. I need to revamp my photo gallery. And I should seriously not use this page to show that I don’t have a clue about what colours match. ;-)

Linkblog - if I just want to post a quick link, it takes up too much space as is. They should be collected and placed in one go on my page. I plan on implementing a linkblog and photoblog by just putting the contents in its own category. This category should then of course NOT be in the category listing.

For the photoblog I expect to have a separate theme now that I use WP13-cvs anyway. For the link aggregation I probably need to write a little plugin or so, should give me an excluse to look at the plugin architecture. With Gallery I expect to be going back to 1.4.4, the speed of Gallery 2 just isn’t there. My server is a 500Mhz thingy and that’s been sufficient for a looong time. It should be sufficient for Gallery 2 as well

Ryan Boren has released Kubrick 1.3-RC2. According to him, the changes since RC1 are:

  • Added 404 page
  • Images are loaded from stylesheet_dir instead of template_directory
  • Added links.php and archives.php page templates

After doing a diff between the two, I find that the only file that has been changed is index.php (true, the stylesheet has had a version bump in the comment, but that’s all). That means, comments, archives, index, footer, page, search, searchform and sidebar are unchanged. Good news if you’re using Kubrick as a template for building your theme like I am, but bad luck if you were hoping Kubrick is going somewhere. The RC’s seem to be status quo designwise but implementing WP13 features more and more. Up to you to decide how you like it. I don’t mind too much, but I’m always excited to see what new design ideas are thrown around.