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From Dave <>
Subject Re: Boosting participation and community in Apache Labs?
Date Wed, 01 Sep 2010 02:39:37 GMT
Another consideration: unless we push PMCs to be more active with
announcements on the blogs, we may not have enough blog activity to
generate a worthwhile monthly newsletter.

- Dave

On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 10:37 PM, Dave <> wrote:
> I now have a Roller task that runs periodically, gathers up to 30 blog
> entries from the last 30 days and then sends out an email that lists
> each entry with a link and a short excerpt. It can be configured to
> send out this email once a month and to only include blog entries with
> one specific tag, e.g. 'newsletter'
> So, now the questions are about format, process and who does what.
> First, what format should the newsletter take, what title and content
> should be shown in addition to the blog entry summaries? Doe we need
> special signature, links, disclaimers?
> Next, what should the process be? Does somebody get the email, add
> some cheerful chat at the start and then send it out or does the email
> just go out automatically? I think the best approach might be for the
> email to come to this mail list (, then
> somebody on the list steps up to draft a short snappy intro, tweaks
> the format, maybe adds some special messages from the ASF and sends it
> out to a wide audience.
> Thoughts?
> Thanks,
> - Dave
> On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 9:20 AM, Ross Gardler <> wrote:
>> On 23/07/2010 13:37, Dave wrote:
>>>> On 23/07/2010 12:45, Dave wrote:
>>>>> I've written a bunch of utilities like the one you describe. It's
>>>>> pretty easy to implement a Roller scheduled task that fires
>>>>> periodically, reads the most recent X entries in a tag, forms an email
>>>>> and sends it out. Are those really the complete requirements.
>>> On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 8:31 AM, Ross Gardler<>  wrote:
>>>> Pretty much, yes. I think it would be better to be teaser content rather
>>>> than the complete content (there are RSS feeds for that). The idea is to
>>>> provide a cross foundation summary of activities without requiring people
>>>> to
>>>> sift through all the project specific stuff.
>>> If you use Roller for the blog, you'd put teaser comment would go in
>>> the "Summary" field and full content would go in the Content field.
>> OK, sounds good and I can see what you mean in the system.
>>>> On 23/07/2010 12:45, Dave wrote:
>>> Either way should be easy with a Roller task we could pull from one
>>> blog or the whole site.
>> I really like the sound of that. I've sent a mail to run it past press@
>> (mostly out of courtesy).
>> Ross
>> --
>> @rgardler

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