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From Christian Grobmeier <>
Subject Re: An invitation to committers to the OOo Community Forums
Date Fri, 02 Sep 2011 12:27:12 GMT
>> In tradition, all ASF related matters - code, users etc - are
>> discussed in public on the dev list. The user lists has been utilized
>> to do support to users. Now there is an forum in addtiion to a list.
>> The credo is:"if it happened on list, it didn't happen". Ok, the board
>> is not on list - so it didn't happen. I think management of the board
>> can also happen on the board as Terry suggested (i think he did).
> That logic doesn't really work.  The fact that it is not a mailing
> list (and therefore "it didn't happen") is not magical permission to
> do things in a project that would otherwise not be allowed.  For
> example, could we create a forum for project-level fundraising, for
> paying developers, for developing code not under ALv2 and for selling
> CD's of AOOo, and argue that this is OK, because, "the board is not on
> list - so it didn't happen"?

i just wanted to outline that a forum is already extraordinary for
support questions. Using message boards for support questions but not
using it to ban users from the same board sounds strange.

For the quote I used I would like to refer you to this excellent slides:

Anyway: all projects decisions should happen on list and not on Jabber
or on a message board.
I am doubting the banning of a user is a "real" project decision.

On your example, if you are paying developers for proprietary code or
sell CDs outside the ASF and donate the money - why not? You should
just respect the branding requirements and do it on your own.

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