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From J├╝rgen Schmidt <>
Subject Re: Help us brainstorm ideas for Apache OpenOffice 4.0
Date Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:17:00 GMT
On 9/25/12 3:27 PM, Rob Weir wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM, Rob Weir <> wrote:
>> On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM, Rob Weir <> wrote:
>>> As we perform the final preparations to release Apache OpenOffice
>>> 3.4.1 it is a good time to look ahead to the future.  A big
>>> opportunity is OpenOffice 4.0.  That once seemed so very far away, but
>>> 2013 is getting closer every day.   Will it be a large collection of
>>> small ideas?  Will it have a major overarching theme?  Or will it just
>>> be whatever random stuff we happen to have on a given date when we
>>> release 4.0?   The answer, of course, depends on what we, as project
>>> members/volunteers decide to do.   It is a good time now, as a
>>> background activity, to poll the community and wider ecosystem on
>>> ideas for Apache OpenOffice 4.0.
>>> To participate, go to this page on Google Moderator, where you can
>>> help us gather and rate ideas:
>>> A few project members have already "seeded" this with some initial
>>> ideas. Of course, you are encouraged to add your own ideas, as well as
>>> rate the ideas of others.   Try not to censor yourself from thinking
>>> outside-of-the-box.  We need big ideas as well as incremental ones.
>>> We don't have a close date on this brainstorming activity, but it is
>>> good to get your ideas in early, so there is an opportunity for others
>>> to rate and comment on it.
>> This brainstorming has been ongoing for 3 weeks now.  So far, so good.
>>  The latest stats are:
>> 533 people have submitted 456 ideas and cast 6,491 votes
> Today, a week later:  633 users - 527 ideas - 7,607 votes
> So we are still getting a good amount of feedback.  I added a mention
> of this brainstorming on the website header.  That
> should give this even more visibility.
> I've heard from some that it would be good to get to a point where we
> can take a "snapshot" of the feedback received, and process that, to
> help set priorities for AOO 4.0.
> Would it make sense to do that in another week, say on October 1st?
> At that point we can:
> 1) Put a "thank you" note on the Google Moderator page and stop
> accepting new suggestions.  Point the users to the ooo-users or
> ooo-dev mailing list instead,
> 2) Export the ideas and scores received so far to a CSV file and
> archive that someplace.
> 3) Discuss the results received
> 4) Maybe a blog post to highlight the brainstorming activity and the
> results received?
> Any other ideas?

not directly. We should analyze it first and should create some overall
story out of it for our next release. I think this can help to prepare
some marketing material in time for this release as well. It's time that
we sell our work a little bit better ;-)

I agree with all 4 points and I am willing to help them where I can. I
expect point 3) will be a bigger item where hopefully many will
participate and I am looking forward to this. I saw many interesting
stuff already.


> I don't need to own any of this, but since I started it I'm willing to
> finish it.  But if anyone else wants to take a lead on this, please
> volunteer.
> Regards,
> -Rob
>> If you have not reviewed the new ideas recently, it would be worth
>> taking another look.  It is good that all ideas are rated, not just
>> the ones that came in early.
>> Maybe let it run to the end of September and then we can snapshot it
>> and start analyzing the results?  Or mid October?  It would be good to
>> wrap this up in advance of ApacheCon, so we can discuss further there.
>> Regards,
>> -Rob
>>> Regards,
>>> -Rob

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