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From Rob Weir <robw...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Reinvigorate extension authors community
Date Mon, 01 Oct 2012 12:49:39 GMT
5 days have passed and no objections were raised, so I'll start moving
this forward.

-Rob

On Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 1:34 PM, Rob Weir <robweir@apache.org> 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:  ooo-extensions@incubator.apache.org (or
> appdev@incubator.apache.org 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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