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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: [RELEASE} a few DL questions...
Date Thu, 26 Apr 2012 19:04:50 GMT
On Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM, Roberto Galoppini <> wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 7:02 PM, Rob Weir <> wrote:
>> On Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM, Kay Schenk <> wrote:
>>> I've been working on a prototype of the DL button in the /download/test area
>>> given our discussions about split mirror setup for 3.4 etc. I have a  few
>>> more edits to do  before sending out a notification about final review
>>> (later today).
>>> But...I have a few questions for this release.
>>> * The DL scripts have a good amount of logic surrounding the naming/download
>>> of 3.2 and 3.1 releases-- the "old" naming schema. Since we won't be
>>> providing "friendly" DL buttons for these anymore, is it safe to pull this
>>> stuff out?
>>> * DL locations for Mac PPC and FreeBSD are as follows (excuse wrapping):
>>> var MIRROR_MAC_PPC_URL      =
>>> "";
>>> var MIRROR_FREEBSD32_URL    =
>>> "";
>>> var MIRROR_FREEBSD64_URL    =
>>> "";
>>> Will this still be the case or will all versions be served from either
>>> Apache or SourceForge? The DL logic needs to be changed if this alternate
>>> URL is not used.
>> I think the main download link should only provide links to official
>> AOO releases.   We could have another section (maybe in other.html)
>> where we can point to third party binaries and ports.  But we should
>> have a disclaimer making it clear that these packages are not official
>> releases.
>> I also agree that we should not inter-mix 3.3 and 3.4 downloads.
>> Another thing to consider is how we actually invoke the download.
>> Right now we simply link to the SF site.  So after the download is
>> done the user is left sitting at SF.  This is not ideal.    I wonder
>> whether it would be better to load the SF page in a new page, via
>> target="_blank" and then refresh our download.html to contribute.html
>> so after the download is done, and the user closes the SF page, they
>> are back in the openoffice website with a "thanks for downloading"
>> messsage and followup info to engage the user in the community.
> Actually to avoid to open new pages we did modify the download page by
> adding all info previously available.
> We have been beta testing for over a week, and is now live. Hope this
> will remove the need to open new pages.

Hi Roberto,

So what we have today looks like this:

After the download, on the left, are some boxes that contain all the
info that we used to show to the user here:

That is good, since it gives several different ways for the user to
engage with the project, etc.

However, it is less prominent than before and does require additional
mouse clicks to navigate the different sections.    I think it is less
effective than what we had before.  For example, I'm seeing only 47
referrals since April 11th from SF to our "Get Involved" paged, the
first link given.  We used to get hundreds of these from the old
contribute.html page.

I wonder if simpler would be better?  So instead of the pop-up page
which I suggested before, and which is annoying for some users, maybe
keep the SF as it is, but make the content simpler, with the aim of
referring users back to contribute.html.

So something like this:

Thanks for downloading Apache OpenOffice, the free and open
productivity suit.   We invite you to learn more about how to enhance
your experience with OpenOffice, sign up to receive important
notifications and learn how you can contribute to make the next
version of OpenOffice even better".

If we make it short and sweet like that, maybe even use some of the
AOO graphical elements, then mayb we can improve the engagement?
But I'm not a web UI/marketing expert.  Maybe someone has some other


> Roberto
>> -Rob
>>> Thanks for your time.
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