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From Donald Whytock <>
Subject Re: Call for comments: Webpage for Listing OpenOffice Consultants
Date Wed, 26 Sep 2012 21:04:23 GMT
Still suggesting some sort of expiration mechanism (perhaps a
timestamp in the entry, with a scheduled job to prune), so this
doesn't become a barnacle colony.


On Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM, Rob Weir <> wrote:
> Another one of those "larger ecosystem" things I'll be pushing on.
> If you recall the legacy project had a webpage that
> listed various consultants who provided services for OpenOffice.  We
> took it down because it was very out of date and we didn't have time
> (at that time) to figure out the policy implications and update the
> content.  Well guess what?  I have time now.
> ====> A draft of a proposed approach is on the wiki here:
> <====
> I'm working on the XSLT script now.  Looking good so far.
> If you read the wiki you'll see the policy implications are minimal:
> We'll be fair and accept all relevant submitted listings, provided
> they don't abuse ASF trademarks,   I don't think we need more than
> that, but adding more is certainly easy enough.
> Note also the disclaimer on the wiki, which I'll repeat here.  As a
> non-profit we need to be careful about how we intersect with
> commercial activities.  I think this is sufficient, but changes are
> easy to make.
> "Disclaimer:   Although most individual users are able to download and
> use Apache OpenOffice without any help, or with the assistance of
> volunteers on our Forums and mailing lists, some users, especially
> corporate users, may have more complex requirements that require
> commercial services in order to optimize their deployments.  The
> following individuals and firms offer services that may be of
> interest.   The information provided here was provided by the entities
> named here, and is not verified or endorsed by the Apache OpenOffice
> project.  We offer these listings as a service to the ecosystem."
> If there are no objections to this general approach, I'll proceed as follows:
> 1) Write up a definition of the requirements for the input XML file.
> XML Schema and plain English definition, for use by consultants
> submitting us listings
> 2) Draft a webpage giving info on how consultants can submit a
> listing.  Would list technical and policy requirements.
> 3) Complete XSLT scripts and get them checked in.
> 4) Get this all onto the website into a test directory for review.
> Perhaps we seed it with initial data from project members who provide
> services, so we have something at launch time other than fake data.
> 5) Once approved, we go live.  The legacy project buried this under
> the "support" page, but I think we should offer a more prominent
> location, perhaps a link on the home page.
> 6) Promote via blog, social networking, etc.
> 7) PMC reviews incoming submissions, etc.  Routine maintenance.
> Note: this same approach (Submission instructions page + XML/XSLT to
> generate user-facing XHTML page) would also work very nicely for a CD
> Distributor listing page.  It should be possible to copy this
> approach, including the XSLT script, even including this note, and
> with some modifications reuse it for that purpose.
> Regards,
> -Rob

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