Before I go any further, I would like to commend you for taking the lead in the Themes project. Also, I like the look and feel of the "Themes" subdomain — very simple and elegant.
Heh. Thanks. It's a fun project. I hope people jump in and add pages, contribute themes, or whatever they like.
I have some suggestions:
(1) Is there a way to create a separate Forum section to explore topics that will transcend the various themes — new and old. This would be more like the "CSS/Layout Forum" section in the main Tikiwiki page. I read somewhere that there is plan to migrate the latter here, anyway.
Yep, that's the intention. If we don't have things set up right yet, we'll add and change until they are right.
(2) I have just started reading the features of the new Tikipedia. [Kudos for the good work and I can empathize with what you stated somewhere how difficult to hack the whole thing to adapt it to Tiki.]
Aside from the overall appearance, I really like the plugin features. They may be the solution to the related questions I have been asking in the main Tike page forums in regard all sorts of issues such as page-specific layout customization and page specific insertion of randomized photos or text scripts using "module scripts" that are not accepted or not doable for example by the Dynamic Content System or the Banner plugin.
Yeah, plugins are great. My idea is that the page author should be able to do just about anything with a Tiki wiki page that he/she can do with HTML tags. If the wiki syntax lack something, then that's where a plugin is needed. (Of course these plugins basically just insert HTML syntax along with the author's parameters and are therefore "dumb" plugins. "Smart" plugins have logic or communication abilities. These are still mostly beyond me, unfortunately. )
Yes, I expect some better documentation on plugins to happen fairly soon.