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New Year BAR Wishlist

Well, the Babbage Aetheric Reader has been around for almost a year and a half, folks. I think the consensus is that it works reasonably well, on the whole.

But it could work better. On the occasion of the approaching new year (new beginnings, resolutions, etc.) the admins have been doing a bit of huddling to prepare a wishlist of improvements. So we thought we’d open it up and see what everyone else thought. 

Here’s a partial wishlist – please add your own or comment on what you would find most valuable. No guarantees, of course.


  • a better layout for avatar profiles
  • a cleaner way to manage your avatar profile
  • a better inter-avatar messaging system
  • better group stuff (customizable group page, an intuitive way to join)
  • a lightbox/slideshow interface for image galleries
  • a “Like” button on posts
  • ability to embed video/images in posts
  • a functional RSS feed (is anyone else using Flipboard on a iPad? Amazing!)
  • faster load time
  • a way to do polling/voting
  • a better way of showing content by tag
  • a better way of serializing stories/blogs

** Oh, and if anyone who has joined Babbage in the past year or so has Drupal skills and is interested in helping the admins, please contact


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  1. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk December 29, 2011

    alphabet quick link on the citizen/avatar gallery

  2. Cyan Rayna Cyan Rayna December 29, 2011

    I actually have already downloaded a couple of solutions to some of the problems listed.

    Feed – for better RSS feed integration –
    Notifications – For general notifications of all sorts –
    Comment Delete – Deleting your own comments –
    Mass Contact – For bulk e-mailings –

    Those were just a few of the things that we still had left in the Issues
    that I could find something to do with. (although figured personal
    galleries were done because all of your personal pictures show in your

    For Messaging I can download this one as well –

    As for other things on my wishlist… will get back to you.

    • Cyan Rayna Cyan Rayna January 7, 2012

      I have added these to the site and made them available. Please post any errors you see that would be caused by them in the Bugs and Request Project.

  3. Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon December 29, 2011

    Fix the Featured Location bug where if your description goes over a certain number of words it repeats the description twice in one strangely lumped together lump of text.

    Although it does encourage people to create snappy descriptions… ^_^

  4. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk December 30, 2011

    simple youTube video posting!!!!!!

  5. Cyan Rayna Cyan Rayna January 4, 2012

    This maybe a hard one to do but can we have the front page reload information without having the refresh the whole page.

    In other words have the Latest Activity and other things refresh automatically when something new is posted.

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