Edit Flow is a seriously well-designed plugin for WordPress, and I’ve been very thankful for its presence throughout the lifetime of PnR so far. That being said, there are still some features I would like to see addressed, and at this point I wouldn’t even mind paying to get it done, so long as it doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg.
For starters, fixing my current bug with contributors not being able to assign notifications to the required editors. Authors and above can see the box just fine, but contributors are outcasts as far as this is concerned. I’ve made it work by creating user groups with the editor and writer pairs, but it’s a little clunky to do.
I’ll probably have to take time out to set up a dev site and test this further, just in case it’s a site-specific issue. In which case, I’d need help on debugging anyway. HALP!
Next up, my “ideal editorial notification system“:
I have this idea about how the editorial notification system should be like for a multi-author, multi-editor environment.
1. Contributor Dan writes a draft, and sets it to pending review.
2. Editor Sean automatically gets an email notification.
3. Secondary editor Dave automatically gets an email too.
I understand this can be achieved by creating a user group with Dan/Sean/Dave and using this snippet: http://editflow.org/extend/auto-subscribe-user-groups-for-notifications/
It’s a little unwieldy in that if Sean or Dave happen to write up a draft, Dan will get the notification as well. It’d be great if there was an easy way to automatically assign an editor (or two) to every user, and have them receive notifications only when the article is ready for review.
Now, if only I get some assistance on making the above stuff work, it’ll seriously make my life a lot easier in terms of assigning editors to writers and making sure the notifications are done properly.