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From Nancy K <>
Subject Re: Blog idea: interviews with AOO developers
Date Tue, 14 Feb 2012 21:55:48 GMT
I think this is a fabulous idea - and would like your opinion or thoughts about using the interview
time to gather website usability concerns:
	1. While an interviewer has the team members attention, a survey of questions geared to usability
could be presented at the same time.
	2. Questions could include, for example: as a developer what kind of tools would you need
handy on a developers page; as a tutorial writer, how could this website give you access to
more easily upload your work; as a beginner how can we design this website so that you can
more easily find your way around; overall, what pages do you use most/least? 
	3. I envision a 'huddle' of web designers working up the survey questions and handing them
to the interviewers for feedback.This could still be accomplished through a link to something
like Survey Monkey - however, I think that two things could be accomplished at one time.I
would like to volunteer time to interview and also work towards organizing and gathering information
usable in your web design if that would be helpful.

Also - since there are worldwide volunteers, I only speak/write English.  And a personal
note - I am going to use my volunteer organizing and interviewing time to see where I can
fit in as a developer someday down the road.  I think your idea for the profile/blog is a
great way to tour the many hands holding this project together!


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 From: Jean Weber <>
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 12:40 PM
Subject: Re: Blog idea: interviews with AOO developers
On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 05:29, Rob Weir <> wrote:
> Something like this:
> 1.  Email interview off-list with an AOO contributor.  Questions like:
> tell us about yourself, where you live, what you do for a living.
> What is your development machine?  How did you start working with
> OpenOffice?   Why?  What is your favorite contribution?  What other
> OSS projects do you work with?   Stuff like that.
> 2. Interview might take several exchanges via email, to follow up on
> questions.  Interviewer then assembles this into a draft, reviews with
> interviewee.
> 3. Interviewer then posts as a blog post, hopefully with a photograph
> of the interviewee.
> We have a lot of interesting people working on this project.  So I
> think we could have a lot of interesting posts from this.
> Any volunteers to be interviewed?  Any volunteers to do the interviewing?
> I'll volunteer to help, of course.
> -Rob

This is an excellent idea. I wish I could volunteer to do some
interviewing, but I am too over-committed at this time to even
consider it.

I suggest also some interviews with contributors who are NOT
developers, to help spread the word that coding is not the only way to
contribute and that non-coders do valuable and often essential work.
Obviously some of the questions would be a bit different, but the idea
would be the same. I would love to be involved as both an interviewee
and and an interviewer, but not at this time.

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