Development Log – Week of 2015-02-15

Over the previous week I had been shuffling to reproduce the features of the previous version of this website as quickly, and efficiently as possible. WordPress provides a strong basis for my work, and migrating the old code over to plugin’s for WordPress has been much easier and faster than originally anticipated. Because of this, over the last week, I have been able to work on the User Account pages, as well as network maintenance. Things that I once thought would take until about the end of March may only take another week or two, and after a 25.5 hour spree of binge coding, I decided to give it a rest for the weekend.

Development picks back up on Monday, and I hope to improve listings with flags & categories. The new search is good for finding networks with keywords, but I think it’s important to categorize networks and allow people to browse by category. The flags system will contain items which I think you should know about a network. These flags will include whether or not the network has Janus links, or if it’s an Adults only network, “XDCC Friendly” networks will also be marked as such.

Over the past week I think manually verifying networks has not been working out so well, so I’m excited to try and finally roll out an automated process this week, and I will of course be keeping a close eye on it to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Some people have requested that I allow networks to start uploading images as part of their network pages, since this is a purely cosmetic difference this isn’t top priority however I will place it into the road map for future updates.

Paging of network listings has been another widely requested feature, this is something which will be implemented, hopefully, this week.

Featured networks is something that I hope to work on this week, and I would like to feature networks by the hour, day, week and month at random. First, however, my goal is to make sure that networks are properly identified as 18+ so that those don’t get mixed in with featured networks as they aren’t suitable for all audiences.

As a note to those of you who are joining the support channel: If you don’t receive an answer right away, I’m sorry I may not be around all the time. Please be patient and I’ll try to handle all requests in the order that they are received.

You can always leave a comment on these development posts and I’ll read them and try to respond if you have any feature requests or suggestions. Your feedback is always appreciated, and I will try to implement feature requests by demand.

xnite

I am the founder, and lead developer, of IRC-Source. I started IRC-Source in May of 2014 because, although I don't use it as much any more, I still have a deep interest in IRC. I also carry a deep interest in web development, and wanted to write something that would be challenging, and allow me to bring my passions together in a way that would be interesting for others. I run a network called BuddyIM (irc.buddy.im), it's pretty cool, you should chill there.

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