Free Software Directory meeting recap for October 28th, 2016
Every week free software activists from around the world come together in #fsf on irc.freenode.org to help improve the Free Software Directory. This recaps the work we accomplished on the Friday, October 28th, 2016 meeting.
Last week we were playing as Dr. Frankenstein in bringing new entries to life. We set about adding new entries but also working on approving entries that were already submitted. One issue the channel came across was the fact that not all our entries listed as unapproved actually were unapproved. It turned out that the act of moving an entry to a new location, even without updating the entry, would cause it to be tagged as unapproved. It's a slight hiccup in the system, that probably could be fixed at some point. But for now, it is a simple process of reviewing the entry, seeing that it was only moved, and approving as necessary.
beloved2 also joined in to work on their script for handling Icecat extensions. They've been working on adding these extensions to the directory for a long while, but their new script should help make the process simpler. bill-auger pointed out that the way browsers handle extensions might be changing in the near future, so if the maintainers of particular extensions don't port them over they won't function any longer. All the more reason to speed up the process of getting the extensions added to the directory, so people will have a resource for tracking down and reviving extensions they would like to use.
Calinou brought up some general issues with the directory and how it functions, and mattl jumped in to note that they plan on making some improvements in the future when they have a little extra time. One great suggestion Calinou added was to provide some sort of flag on older entries, so users would know if there hadn't been an update in a while. This could help encourage maintainers to keep their own entry up to date, or help a volunteer to find an older entry that needed updating.
The meeting wrapped up without selecting a new theme, but beloved2 mentioned that they wanted a meeting to focus on different things rather than a particular theme, so next week's meeting is going to be a free for all.
If you would like to help help update the directory in general, meet with us every Friday in #fsf on irc.freenode.org from 1pm to 4pm EDT (17:00 to 20:00 UTC).