I've become a lot more aware of the details behind the scenes with the 6 months release cycle. Tracker. Docs.
We should all check out the new releases page: http://docs.moodle.org/27/en/New_features which I've found very helpful in communicating news to regular users.
Things new in 2.7, a bit random
## SPELL-CHECKER I have been inspired to make this post with one little thing:
right click access to spell checker in Atto rather than control-right click.
I've been surprised here on Moodle.org how much this has benefited me, and I'm now sometimes confused as I use several Moodles each day. There is actually a lot of other stuff in the right click menu as well.
## ALTERNATIVE USERNAME Also, I noticed this: email username alternative. http://docs.moodle.org/27/en/New_features#Log_in_with_your_email_address this simplifies a challenge I've had for a while. Tracker: https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-41115 1 vote
## INSERT IMAGE in ATTO ONE EXTRA CLICK to upload an image. (As if there were not enough clicks already) I'm going to trackerise this I think. unless I hear that it is a feature.
## FORUMS Changing the subject line of a forum notification. http://docs.moodle.org/27/en/Forum_settings#Changing_the_subject_line_of_forum_notifications Nice. Just seems so incredibly random for this to get into 2.7. The tracker item is here: https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-44505 zero votes, and suddenly, it's in core. (I wonder why?)
I'll be interested to find out if the Post Permalink is there in 2.7 or if it is just a feature of Moodle.org.
## Password expiry option. https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-42816 1 vote. (Ditto)
## ASSIGNMENT Whew, at last, teachers can delete user submissions. https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-28448 70 votes!! Yeah!!
Many other things I guess are under the hood.
I'm not commenting on questions improvements, scheduled actions etc. I know they are there, just not looked at them yet.
What has surprised me again is the randomness of some of these additions to 2.7 around the fringes. Some with no or one vote in tracker. The old story. One person's essential is another person's trivial.
WHATS NOT THERE in 2.7?? So, some good stuff. Putting my "Glass half full" hat on, still scores of valuable minor tweaks in the tracker not addressed, often with hanging questions, some with lots of votes and even some with code.
IGNORE THIS BIT IF YOU LIKE - If I can allow myself one personal hobby horse, I hope someone (with influence) thinks about forum sometime, and then actually takes some action. We have an epic https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-39707 for forum, arguably a major weakness of Moodle core in the post facebook era . . .