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From Alexandro Colorado <>
Subject Re: Have you been contacted via private email and discouraged from participating on the OpenOffice project?
Date Thu, 01 Nov 2012 16:11:55 GMT
This should be a wake up call for the weak marketing effort it has
been going. Lack of connection with major information providers and
overal lack of PR. I hope this could change as we move forward. It
also puts new light on the discussion on marketing efforts/support,
funding and such.

On 11/1/12, jan iversen <> wrote:
> +1, what can I say apart from I am still here, and I mean to stay with AOO
> for a long time.
> Jan.
> On 1 November 2012 15:18, Rob Weir <> wrote:
>> I'm hearing that some project volunteers, especially new ones, are
>> being contacted by certain external parties, who then try to
>> discourage them from contributing to the Apache OpenOffice project.
>> I'm hearing that similar notes have been sent out to those who
>> submitted listings to our new Consultants Directory, also discouraging
>> them from involvement in the project.
>> This is my personal view on this matter, for what it is worth.
>> I think we all would agree that such techniques are deplorable and
>> bring disrepute to the individuals involved, and to the project that
>> sanctions such techniques.  If you recall we had a similar wave of
>> such unprofessional behavior a few months ago, when certain external
>> parties were contacting journalists who mentioned OpenOffice and
>> telling them that it was no longer being developed and to link to a
>> different product instead.
>> I any case, if you are receiving such FUD yourself, I'd encourage you
>> to simply post it to this mailing list, or to your blog, or some other
>> public website.  "Daylight is the best antiseptic" as they say.  I am
>> not a medical doctor, but I do believe that FUD exposed to public
>> scrutiny loses its potency.   But FUD ignored is FUD that spreads.
>> Regards,
>> -Rob

Alexandro Colorado
PPMC Apache OpenOffice

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