What sNews hacks or mods would you like to see?
I love sNews CMS. Seriously, I love it, I've used damn near everything over the last 8 years, from a custom built Perl/MySQL system to the ever popular WordPress. What makes sNews so special? It's small, contains the basic functions I need to run a blog/cms, and leaving the rest to me to "hack" or "mod" it as I deem necessary.
There are several areas in which I've already made changes, such as the pretty date and comments mod, the tags mod, and the social bookmarks mod. I'm not done yet, I think the entire search function needs a make over, for one thing, the current function uses the MySQL LIKE operator for matching, this just won't cut it once you've got a years worth of articles piled up in your system.
The fix? Use MySQL's Full-text search, it's simple to implement on any existing database, has a great default list of stopwords, and relevance. We can then create an advanced search form to allow proper boolean operators; something like the search form shown below, from one of my other sites.
One of the biggest tricks I will want to work on is to use the post method... taking the post variables submitted and then format the URL to make it SEO/bookmark friendly, i.e. if your search form submissions contains the words snews updates the URL would appear as http://www.mdj.us/search/snews/updates/. This will take the most of the effort and modifications.
So, that's the next big mod that I will want to tackle at some point in time, what about you, what's the top mod you'd like to create or see created?