I think the #1 of your list can be easily done by @James in form of a redirect (and yes I agree, that leads to a dead/old link, so it needs to change).
Since we talk remove things… I am A) in favour of this because pings to a remote always just cost even if minimal, resources, but B) not in favour because it removes any “backlink” we have inside the admin to our forums and petitions.
I sort of missed this reply and whatever followed.
I am however wondering now, how do we/did we try to build up activity and with what tools are we/did we trying to build up activity precisely?
Because the thing is:
no fresh data in a dashboard === no fresh nor existing users to build up activity === no refreshing the dashboard widget because waiting for activity build up… …
And I also know, we have averagely 10 votes on each petition, and all of them 10 votes I can name by name without going to look who voted, because its the users who daily interact here.
We aren’t going to get any more votes than that, no matter what we do, and actually I doubt it is a problem not having many votes, the problem rather is that we show “proof of death” in our Dashboard by showing several years old content as the “latest hot stuff”.
If we can, please let us know. Perhaps add this to the project list if help is needed.
If not, we still need to get something done about.
If we cannot get it updated, then really I prefer to remove this widget like @Simone suggested. Possibly as a BUG Fix in the next release (because it de-facto could be considered broken and thus a bug)
What is the opinion of folks who can make this happen on this one? @wadestriebel, @MattyRob, @James I guess you are the ones with the abilities required? Sorry if there are more, we should if possible resolve this.
Hope it makes sense.
That is after we’ve already built up some more activity. We added the forum plugin to allow voting on petitions fairly recently, and most of the petitions had zero votes at that point. Now we should be in better shape.