Along with the visual changes and overall speed improvements that are on their way in WordPress version 3.2, it looks like two new community-focused pages will be added via the Dashboard footer: Freedoms and Credits.
The Freedoms page currently describes the freedoms that the GPL license provides, followed by encouragement to spread the word and continue using GPL software:
Every plugin and theme in WordPress.org’s directory is 100% GPL or a similarly free and compatible license, so you can feel safe finding plugins and themes there. If you get a plugin or theme from another source, make sure to ask them if it’s GPL first. If they don’t respect the WordPress license, we don’t recommend them.
The new Credits page will list off the current project leaders, core team, a special selection of “recent rockstars”, and a list of the rest of the contributors for the current version of WordPress. Along with the various credits is a prompt at the bottom of the page that says “Want to see your name in lights on this page? Get involved in WordPress.”
You can take a look at both of these new pages in their current version (as of this morning) using the gallery below.
Gallery: New screens coming to WordPress 3.2
What do you think of these new pages? Will they encourage new folks to contribute to WordPress in order to see themselves recognized on Dashboards? And will they become more aware of the freedoms they are granted by the GPL?
Editor’s note: This information is pulled from the WordPress Trac, which is about as early in the stages of planning/development as you can get. Well, except the mind itself. But until we can perfect our mind reading techniques here at WPCandy, which would undoubtedly increase the provocativeness of our blog posts, we have to rely on Trac tickets for early WordPress project movements. All of this is to say: take what is reported here with a grain of salt, since it could end up not happening. And try to limit those terrible, terrible thoughts of yours.