Often, an item comes up in the development mailing list, or elsewhere that should be addressed, but is told in a simple way that it won’t be changed. A great example of this is the post revisions issue. Many people, including myself, would like a simple user interface added to WordPress that allowed us to enable, disable, or set the number of saved revisions, but this idea has basically been closed on WordPress Trac without a fix.
Who decides what UI enhancements are worthwhile, and which ones are not? In a community project like WordPress, I would have liked a vote over such a thing, especially since there are multiple items in the WordPress administration panel, that probably don’t need to be there any longer.
Maybe it is time for WordPress and team to have a basic and advanced toggle for the UI, so that most options are hidden, unless an administrator otherwise needs them. Things like the post revisions selection and management could fall within the “advanced fine tuning options”.
What do you think? Has WordPress acted on all the community’s best needs and interests, or are they still missing crucial elements towards satisfying the die-hard WordPress user base? Let me know in the comments below.