Feature #17416


Sunsetting Digital Research Tools feature

Added by Colin McDonald over 1 year ago. Updated 3 months ago.

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We decided during last week's dev call to sunset the Digital Research Tools (I believe referred to in the past here as the DiRT Integration category I just selected, but correct me if I'm wrong). The public URL for this directory is:

It seems there may be a bug here, as clicking "Show all users" for any tool doesn't ever seem to show more than one user, which is unlikely. Rather than fixing that though, we looked at Google Analytics for that URL (see attached) that suggests along with anecdotal evidence that this feature is rarely used.

Especially as Sara looks to simplify the profile layout in #17385, this is a good candidate to remove. You can currently access "My Tools" from this link via your profile sidebar (also see screenshot):

During the dev call, Matt said that we should document this feature with some screenshots and perhaps a little bit about its original goals -- building community around users of a certain DiRT, introducing users to new tools, etc. -- and how the feature worked before we remove it entirely. It will be good to have as a reference, and who knows, maybe we revisit someday. Scott, I'm adding you as a watcher, if you don't mind taking this on.


screenshot-profile.png (230 KB) screenshot-profile.png Colin McDonald, 2022-12-20 12:20 PM
screenshot-analytics-dirt.png (246 KB) screenshot-analytics-dirt.png Colin McDonald, 2022-12-20 12:20 PM
screenshot-public-directory.png (138 KB) screenshot-public-directory.png Colin McDonald, 2022-12-20 12:20 PM

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