Suggest new folders for downloads: plugins

mzemina

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    This is the current Plugin folder structure:
    Automation
    EPG
    Games
    Input
    Others
    Playback
    TV
    Video
    Web

    I propose creating the following new folders:
    EPG/TV
    Video/Movies
    Audio/Radio
    Utilities
    PIM

    Move all items under <TV> folder to the new <EPG/TV> folder.
    Move all items under <EPG> folder to the new <EPG/TV> folder.
    Move all items under <Video> folder to the new <Video/Movies> folder.
    Move all items under <Playback> folder to the new <Audio/Radio> folder.

    Then I ask to remove the following folders:
    EPG
    Playback
    TV
    Video

    And I would ask that the files in <Others> folder be moved as shown here:
    Asus SPresso ---move to: <Input>
    C.All ---move to: <Input>
    EasyApps ---move to: <Automation>
    File Explorer ---move to: <Utilities>
    FritzBox Call Monitor --- ?Should this be here since there is an update?
    FritzBox.CM *Update* ---move to: <Input>
    LCDSmartie plugin ---move to: <Input>
    MediaLan ---move to: <Utilities>
    MPBlue PPC client ---move to: <Input>
    MusicShare Watcher ---move to: <Utilities>
    My Burner ---move to: <Utilities>
    My DVDs ---move to: <Utilities>
    My Explorer ---move to: <Utilities>
    My Films (ANT database Importer) ---move to: <Video/Movies>
    My FM Radio ---move to: <Audio/Radio>
    My Lyrics Plugin ---move to: <Audio/Radio>
    My Recipes ---leave in: <Others>
    My Status ---move to: <Utilities>
    MyPlanner ---move to: <PIM>
    MyRefresh ---move to: <Utilities>
    Netflix Manager ---move to: <Video/Movies>
    Xbox Media Center - MediaPortal Integration ---leave in: <Others>
    XMM Importer ---move to: <Video/Movies>

    Finally, in the <Others> folder the following files should then be moved as shown here:
    My PodCasts ---move to: <Audio/Radio>
    Stocks/Shares Plugin ---move to: <Other>

    That would leave us with the following plugin folder structure with associated files [x] in each folder:
    Automation [5]
    EPG/TV [13]
    Games [4]
    Input [16]
    Video/Movies [6]
    Web [6]
    Audio/Radio [4]
    Utilities [8]
    PIM (Personal Information Manager) [1]
    Others [3]

    (Note I have one less since FritzBox.CM is *Updated* doesn't that mean we shouldn't need the original? Confusing!)

    It would take us from nine folders to ten folders. But more importantly I believe it would help in organizing the

    plugins (and associated support files) into folders which should be easier to recognize and manage. You may ask if it is necessary? Well, look at it from a new user. Even ask a user who has been involved with MP for over a year - is it easy to find a particular plugin? This all started when I found that there where more plugins in the <Others> folder than any folder. So it became apparent htat people were just dumping plugins into the <Others> folder because it wasn't easy to figure out where it should go.

    Is this a perfect structure? I'm sure it isn't but I'll accept any constructive suggestions with a solution or improvement. Or if the admin says it is too much work then I guess I'll drop it.
     

    hobbes487

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    i second the idea of organizing the plugins int he download section a little better. Right now i just search for the plugin i am looking for, because i have no idea where to browse for it.
     

    Bram

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    It's a bit anoying that it's hard to find the plugin you're looking for because of the illogical structure in the downloads section, ...true. So I vote "yes"..
     

    mbuzina

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    That really was fast from request to performed ;-)

    One question thought: I just put up a plugin to show Online Help. I did not want to, but I put it to the Others category, because I could find nothing better.

    I think there will allways be quite a few plugins going to the other category, because people will allways think of something new, which is not yet categorized and that is why they start developing plugins...

    So a regular clean-up is allways worthwhile.
     

    mzemina

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    That really was fast from request to performed ;-)

    One question thought: I just put up a plugin to show Online Help. I did not want to, but I put it to the Others category, because I could find nothing better.

    I think there will allways be quite a few plugins going to the other category, because people will allways think of something new, which is not yet categorized and that is why they start developing plugins...

    So a regular clean-up is allways worthwhile.

    Having new plugins which don't fit into the current structure is really a good thing. It means developers are coming up with new ideas. That is great! Yes, that means every once-an-awhile maintenance should be performed. Chalk that up to progress and a growing system. So anything we can do to make it easy on new users makes the system become even more attractive!
     

    mbuzina

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    Having new plugins which don't fit into the current structure is really a good thing. It means developers are coming up with new ideas. That is great!
    You are approx 102% right here.
     

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