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From Joe Schaefer <>
Subject Re: Feedback on the CMS
Date Fri, 11 May 2012 20:23:56 GMT
----- Original Message -----

> From: Rob Weir <>
> To:; Joe Schaefer <>
> Cc: 
> Sent: Friday, May 11, 2012 2:32 PM
> Subject: Re: Feedback on the CMS
> On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 2:18 PM, Joe Schaefer <> 
> wrote:
>>  With 1100 builds so far the ooo-site CMS instance
>>  is only 350 builds behind as the
>>  most-used CMS tree so far.  I monitor the CMS logs
>>  daily to evaluate usage and this project publishes
>>  about as often as all our other projects combined,
>>  which really makes me wonder where we'd be here if
>>  the org had never created the CMS in the first place.
> Wow.  Impressive stats.  I know I use it nearly on a daily basis.
>>  The ooo-site is far and away the largest instance at
>>  over 9GB total.  The reason I'm writing here is to
>>  ask general questions about user satisfaction with
>>  the CMS:
>>  1) Is there any aspect of the CMS that needs immediate
>>     improvement?
> It works for me.
>>  2) Are you satisfied with the workflow, or are there areas
>>     that could stand improvement?
> For the novice, it would be useful to have more guidance text on what
> to do next.   So maybe a streamlined "easy" interface, and then the
> full version.

Ok, thanks.  I dunno about a steamlined interface, but more inline
documentation is probably called for.

>>  3) Is there anything that should be done to encourage more
>>     users who are not committers to use the CMS to submit patches
>>     to the list?
> There is a live markdown preview of changes, but none given for HTML
> pages.  Since most of the site is still HTML, this
> would be very useful and help catch errors before staging.

There are security implications about using a project's rendering code
within the CMS- it complicates things well beyond my threshold for that
sort of thing.  When all else fails the Static view will render the core
HTML natively with many of the linkages preserved, so you'll at least get
some idea from that how things will look on staging post-build.

>>  4) Are there any UI features you'd like to see implemented,
>>     either in the web interface or the publication script?
> In the web interface, something that would poll the build and
> automatically refresh to the staging server when the build is
> complete.

Perhaps- I just added a similar feature to the publication script,
and yes I'm having a hard time convincing users to pay attention
to the build results before trying to publish.

Thanks for the responses Rob!

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