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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Need Apache Member/Officer to submit list creation request (Was: [PROPOSAL] Reinvigorate extension authors community)
Date Tue, 02 Oct 2012 14:01:18 GMT
On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM, Louis Suárez-Potts <> wrote:
> On 12-10-01, at 08:49 , Rob Weir <> wrote:
>> 5 days have passed and no objections were raised, so I'll start moving
>> this forward.

No luck with a JIRA issue asking Infra to create the new mailing list.
 Evidently they are moving to a new request system that uses a form
that only Apache Members and Officers can access.  So until we
graduate we need to filter mailing list creation requests through a
Mentor or someone else with permissions.

Details for the list request are here, if anyone is able to help:



> Great, thanks.
> Louis
>> -Rob
>> On Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 1:34 PM, Rob Weir <> wrote:
>>> As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I'm shifting my focus more to
>>> the extended OpenOffice ecosystem rather than day-to-day release-cycle
>>> tasks.   One of the things I'd like to push for is reinvigorating the
>>> application development community.
>>> In the legacy project we supported extensions authors via a dedicated
>>> mailing list, a wiki, its own IRC channel, and of course the
>>> extensions repository website.  Today we have very little of that
>>> active.
>>> I'd like to breath some new life into this part of the ecosystem.  Now
>>> that we have a steady heartbeat of releases, both delivered and
>>> planned, and a solid record of end-user downloads, it is easier to
>>> argue the value of developing extensions for OpenOffice.  I'd like to
>>> help promote this side of the ecosystem via the following tasks:
>>> 1) Create a new mailing list: (or
>>> if we prefer).  I'll assert that the
>>> current mailing lists are inadequate for encouraging this community to
>>> thrive.  If they interact on ooo-dev then they are bombarded with 99%
>>> irrelevant posts, and if they gather on ooo-users then this will be
>>> disruptive to the end-user subscribers there.  Extension authors
>>> really are a distinct sub-community of their own.
>>> 2) Promote the mailing list via the usual means:  website, social
>>> networking, maybe a blog post.
>>> 3) Try to contact the existing extension authors, to encourage them to
>>> joint the list.  I'd try to do this via SourceForge initially, since
>>> they might already have the means to send them all an email.
>>> 4) Promote AOO extension development in general, by interviews of
>>> extension authors, blog posts, perhaps even a rotating spot on our
>>> website featuring an "extension of the week" (or day).
>>> 5) Encourage this community to provide feedback to the project and
>>> help maintain the current app dev and SDK documentation, website and
>>> wiki.
>>> If there are no objections to the above I'll go ahead with step 1 in
>>> 72 hours.  I'll need a couple more list moderator volunteers as well.
>>> And of course, if anyone wants to help with other parts of the above,
>>> or complimentary tasks, please let me know.
>>> Regards,
>>> -Rob

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