Welcome to the DEAL Community Platform Development Hub!

This is a space for community members to engage with the development of the DEAL Community Platform (aka this website) by exploring important areas of the platform, proposing new features, discussing ways to improve existing functionality, and helping us prioritise upcoming changes.

You can find answers to common questions and read more about About the Platform Development Hub below.

Feature Proposals

Proposals for new or improved platform features to be explored, expanded, and considered for implementation with community input.
💬 >> Add comments, 'like' your favourites, or submit your own idea for a feature proposal.

Areas of Exploration

Aspects of the platform that we're actively exploring, from which specific feature ideas and proposals may emerge.

💬 >> Add comments and 'like' areas you're keen for us to explore together

Current Features

Previously implemented features that are now live on the site. Although these are "done", there may still be room for improvement.

💬 >> Add comments and feedback on how these could be improved.

Upcoming Changes

New or improved features that we're looking to develop, and roughly when we hope to finish them by.

💬 >> Click on an item to read more about it and offer your feedback and suggestions.

About the Platform Development Hub

Welcome to the DEAL Community Platform Development Hub!

This is a space for members of the DEAL Community to engage with the ongoing development of the DEAL Community Platform (aka this website). Here you can suggest new features, discuss ways to improve existing features or ideas, and see what changes are coming up.

This platform was created within the spirit of a healthy living system; that is, to experiment, learn, adapt and evolve. We hope this hub will allow the community to engage more fully in this process and help us build a platform that meets everyone's needs.

(Please note, this hub is focused on the underlying infrastructure and features of the platform itself, rather than content, such as tools and stories. For sharing ideas and questions about creating and uploading new content, please use the DEAL Contact Form and select the 'Tools & Stories' category.)
Do you have an idea for a new or improved feature proposal that you think could improve the DEAL Community Platform?

If you're a member (you can sign up here if not), click the 'Submit a feature proposal' button at the top of the page. You'll be prompted to give your proposal a name and brief description, and you'll be presented with some questions to help flesh out some of the details.

A new proposal won't immediately appear publicly. First, it will be sent to the DEAL Team to be reviewed, expanded and placed within the context of other proposals and ideas as appropriate. Once this is done, it will appear in the 'Feature Proposals' section.
You can add comments to any feature proposal, upcoming change, or previously implemented feature. Simply click on the item above, give the full description a read, and then browse to the comment section below the main body.

You can also 'like' any proposal that you would like to see implemented. We'll use the number of 'likes' as a general gauge for community enthusiasm, but there is no specific threshold of 'likes' that will ensure a feature is implemented. Please 'like' freely!

Comments and 'likes' will help determine whether or not a change is implemented (and when) alongside many other factors, such as: complexity, potential benefits, the need to expand or revise the proposal, impacts on other areas of the platform or DEAL's work, and so on.

If you have feedback about this process or the hub itself, please do drop a comment on the Platform Development Hub feature page.
Once a new or improved feature has been explored, discussed, and expanded to the stage that we're confident it can and should be implemented, we'll move it into the list of 'Upcoming Changes' and assign it an approximate release date, rounded to the nearest quarter.

It will be possible to build some features (generally the smaller, less risky ones) on a rolling, week-to-week basis, while others will require a more concerted and intensive phase of development in collaboration with our friends at Groundforce Studio.

We completed one such phase of development in June, 2021, building several of your most requested features. We aim to have at least one additional phase like this later in 2021 (ETA Q3/Q4) alongside regular, on-going development updates and improvements.

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