Recently, I started on developing a new site for you-know-what. The thing I always seem to struggle with is keeping the feature list at a reasonable size. You start creating the front page, and the reading mechanism, and then you think: "you know what this needs? a journal." and you set out programming a journal. Then you think: "but people need to be able to comment", so you also build a comment system. But then you realize that you need to create some editorial mechanism to prevent your comments section from spiralling into an unstoppable shouting fest. And then you think, “maybe people should be able to start their own discussion, so we’ll build a forum!”. And a links section, and…
Well, you get the picture.
This time around, I’ve decided to just go with the basic reading mechanism and just add a small text box to serve as a ‘journal’ and combine that with an existing comment system like Disqus and leave it at that.
So here’s to keeping the feature creep out.