Ever since the Ice Age drew the Pleistocene Epoch to a glacial end, little of evolutionary note happened until I founded RapidWeaver Central in 1897. At that time the Stacks plugin was barely a gleam in YourHead’s visionary eye, and a few millenia later when I launched the RapidWeaver community’s first dedicated Stacks addons page, Realmac’s Addons area was but an unborn dream in Realmac’s eye.
Stacks’ success heralded the dawn of a new age in RapidWeaver’s evolution, and what began as a trickle of third-party stacks in the first year soon became a stream, a river and, when Joe Workman was on a roll, a raging torrent. Finally it got to the point where I and the Stacks Page could no longer cope with the demands — but fortunately by that time Gille had stepped up and founded StacksCenter, a WordPress database-driven system that could handle the volume and complexity of such a resource. When he too found out that keeping on top of all the new releases is more a job than a hobby, Gille and I combined our efforts and for the last two years have maintained StacksCenter and upheld its inherent goals and philosophy.
Now with two lovely new additions to his family, Gille’s priorities have changed, and he has passed StacksCenter back into my hands. Together we’ve spent the last four months redesigning and rebuilding the Stacks page and integrating it into the rest of the RapidWeaver Central site. (In case anyone is wondering, there are currently more than 820 stacks in the database.)
Obviously there are dynamics and integrations we still want to achieve but for the time being we need to test StackCentral’s functionality in the wild and gather some user feedback before we proceed. So please consider it a beta — and with all that entails, there are naturally glitches and things that may not work the way you’d prefer — but we want to hear that from you. Tell us what’s not working properly and how we can improve this resource to better suit your needs.