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What's next?

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What's next?

For months now, we've been working on a set of features which we figured was the minimum with which we could launch Growstuff to the public. We wanted people to be able to track what they'd planted, upload pics of what they're growing, find other members near them, and discuss food gardening with each other. We've got this far, and so... public launch!

However, that doesn't mean we're finished. Oh no, not by a long shot. We have bucketloads of things still to build, and you'll see new features being added all the time -- keep an eye on this forum for a post each time we push new code up to the site.

I wanted to take this opportunity to pause and say, what next? I know what I'd like to do next, but what would you like to see next? What are you hoping to get from Growstuff? What is it lacking right now that it really really needs in order to be useful to you?

If you're interested, you can take a look at our tracker to see what features we're already thinking about, but do feel free to mention any idea at all, whether it's in the tracker or not.

If it helps at all, here are some leading questions you might like to answer, but feel free to ignore them and write whatever comes to mind if you prefer.

1) What parts of Growstuff are working for you/what do you like at present? 2) What's missing, that would be really useful to you? 3) What really bugs you and you wish we could fix it ASAP? 4) What would make you use Growstuff more often/spend more time here?

5 comments

Posted by Skud on June 11, 2013 at 03:10

Ooh, that's interesting. I can't reproduce it as myself... can you point me at an example of a planting you weren't able to edit?

Posted by maco on June 11, 2013 at 03:15

Hah, I deleted the comment and just added it to pivotal. My grape planting is the one I keep trying to update to 4 quantity, and the cherry one I tried to change the description.

Posted by maco on June 11, 2013 at 03:20

Oh, and a small UI change I'd like (and some time after I move next weekend I should just knuckle down on "oh come on, Ruby and Python can't be that different") is for when I click on my username in the top nav bar, each of my gardens should be listed and linkified, so I don't have to navigate through my profile to each garden's tab to finally clicking the garden's permalink in the small text under one of the plantings.

Posted by Skud on June 11, 2013 at 03:21 and edited at June 11, 2013 at 03:23

@maco: I think I have found what the problem is. When you go to edit the grapes, you'll see the date is set to "not yet set" -- a text string. This is invalid. I think something in the code changed to cause that, and that's what the problem is. If you set it to a date or delete the string "not yet set" then it will save properly.

I've seen your bug report in PT and will update it with my diagnosis, and address it ASAP.

Also, I agree that the profile page needs some seriously usability reworking, and that's definitely one of the things I want -- better display and navigability of your gardens/plantings from there. But for the meantime, you might also note that the gardens are linked (in an easier-to-get-to way) from the homepage, too, when you're signed in.

Posted by maco on June 11, 2013 at 03:29

Thanks!