Marcus Couch


It’s called Idea Factory. And I’m sure you’ve seen these kinds of things, as far as maybe sometimes — I used to be a member of this theme club where everybody would put an idea out about the existing framework of new improvements or features to add within the actual theme. And it was handled with kind of this third-party voting software, so somebody would put an idea out there and then others would vote on it. At the end of the month, whichever top three had those votes, they would put these features in. So this allows you to do the exact same thing, so it’s like a suggestion box that everybody can then vote on. There were a lot of plugins out there that the author had seen and tried and boy, I joined them in this one. I’ve never seen anything that can do quite what this plugin does. It’s really nice — it’s HX-powered. It allows one vote per user, per idea, so they can’t just sit there and put 50 million votes on one idea. It emails the administrator every time they get a new idea submission. It’s short-code based, which is really nice and you can also give it a threshold where each idea gives a particular status based on the total votes. So it can be like, ‘hot’, ‘popular’, something like that. It’s extensible; you can have hooks, actions on events, things like that, put certain featured things based on how it responds to hooks, and it’s completely mobile-friendly as well, as far as the output.

The only problem with this.. you have to be a logged-in user in order to utilize this plugin, as far as submitting an idea or voting on an idea. That’s the problem. That was the deal breaker for me, as far as installing it on one site. Otherwise, this is a great idea, great execution. Once we get rid of this whole user restriction thing, I think this is going to be a very, very cool plugin. But for now, I had to take a point off because of that user thing, and I rated it a 8 out of 10.

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