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  1. The planet is a bizarre thing. Just having some way for the community to decide what is included in it would be a huge step forward for it. As it is right now, it seems to be a bunch of junk included for historical reasons. Some of it good, but a lot of it is just garbage. In fact some of it is not much more than advertising.

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  2. Thanks for the mention Jeff,
    As well as the outdated sites on the official feed, another main reason I created this was to allow people a way into the feed as the old one seems closed off to newcomers.
    Anyone can submit their site & I’m holding a poll once a month to see which new sites are added.

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  3. Whilst it may seem to be a ‘bunch of junk’ there is a greater selection of links to articles of use and interest to WordPress users. The standard dashboard aggregates are fine, but very limited in their scope, more often than not linking to videos of talks where the point, the meat of the talk, is hard to find. With a printed version it is easier to skip through and find what you need quickly.

    What I miss is a configuration button, so that the number of links shown can be increased – not everyone can or wants to go in and change the code. And I miss, more than anything else, a link to archived links. There is a wealth of information available which has been shown at one time or another through these dashboard plug-ins, but no way to find it easily.

    Viktoria Michaelis.

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  4. The answer is clear, Matt simply doesn’t have the time to maintain it, so he should delegate to someone who does. I’m sure there are many capable of doing so, though I’m happy to step up if necessary ^_^

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  5. The feed is pointless. The whole dashboard is pretty much pointless. I’d vote to remove the feed altogether, and do a major restructuring of the dashboard while we’re at it.

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  6. @Brian Krogsgard – In the back of my mind, I’ve thought about that scenario as well. Just get rid of the Feeds with the exception of the one to the official WordPress dev blog. As for restructuring the dashboard, I know one thing, I only have two boxes setup on mine. Right Now and WordPress development blog feed. If you look at the proposed dashboard for Ghost, people are going goo goo gah gah over what they’ve seen and it’s mostly pretty colors with different types of graphs. Is that the direction WordPress should head down or some other direction?

    It was suggested that perhaps when you log into the back-end of WordPress, that it should automatically take you to the Write Post page. I think that’s stupid but I wouldn’t mind a better QuickPress box for the dashboard.

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  7. Ever since I really got re-energized into WordPress I’ve bee looking at the planet feed every day. I got here through that feed. And I’ve discovered so many great WordCamp talks. I like it a lot.

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  8. @Jeffro -

    The ghost dashboard designs would take a lot of work to implement, and a lot of additional non trivial infrastructure to track and grab data and statistics for various social media and traffic, and then keep it in a historical data format so that charts can be generated from it. If it were so simple someone would have done it by now, which is why you tend to get traffic stats on the dashboard if you install ana analytics plugin but rarely anything else

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  9. Ted Clayton

    @Viktoria Michaelis -

    What I miss is a configuration button, so that the number of links shown can be increased…

    For sure, better control over how these content-blocks display/behave on the Dash would make them more attractive … at least to those who don’t mind having yet-more choices ‘confronting’ them on their Admin page.

    Choices & complexity are high-profile issues. Those who guide WordPress design policy get strongly-conflicting, highly-polarized demands/feedback about them. Especially concerning the Dashboard & Admin interface. There’s a tendency for newcomers to be overwhelmed, and some of these just give up. Some then feel hurt, even become resentful.

    Everybody is ‘forced’ to used the Dashboard, so the default Feed-settings should be selected with the novice in mind. For more experienced or ambitious users, plugins can provide alternative Feed-choices and assorted control-options, to virtually any degree.

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  10. @Ted Clayton – I have no problem with the Dashboard as it is, since I can move or remove those items which are not needed at will. But I would rather have the choice of changing something, which doesn’t have to involve complexity, than have no choice at all.

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  11. @jeffro for 99% of the sites I am involved with I don’t use the dashboard at all. In fact a lot of time is spent making sure users don’t ever get to the dashboard. But then there is very little blogging in those sites.

    I would like the dashboard to be more of an instance of something repeatable, like the post edit screen(s) with the same level of control available to plugin/theme developers.

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