I'm currently working on a newsletter plugin. It doesn't really do anything usefull yet (I'm going to implement actual sending of mailings as the very last step to make sure that I don't get pressurized by users trying to use the plugins pre-maturely, i.e. before it's ready).
The idea behind the plugin is to allow gallery owners to remain in contact with their users and alert them of news on the site. Usually, I'm not very fond of sending even more emails, as the global spam problem really sucks. However, there are two reasons why I'm working on this plugin:
- A friend of mine needs a simple-to-use newsletter script and is ready to sponsor the plugin
- Maybe we will use this plugin later to offer an opt-in newsletter for coppermine-gallery.net
The subscription method will be strictly opt-in only to make sure that the plugin is not being used by spammers. I plan to implement queueing of emails to make sure that the script doesn't consume to many resources for a large list of subscribers.
If you want to take a peek at what is ready already you're welcome to check the plugin out at the subversion repository - see http://coppermine.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/coppermine/branches/cpg1.5.x/plugins/newsletter/
Currently, this plugin goes unsupported. The only thing that is currently permitted are code contributions, everything else will be deleted from this thread. I'll edit this initial posting later, so make sure that your reply can work standalone and doesn't look silly if this initial is edited out posting completely.
I'm looking forward to suggestions from fellow devs mainly.