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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: Can the Site be a Haven for All?
Date Thu, 03 Nov 2011 19:43:02 GMT
The ODF Authors site has elected to remain independent and operate with the 
tools and approaches they know best.  Some of their past work is on the site but it does not belong to the project and 
has not been licensed to AOOo as far as I know.

Most of the current involvement by ODF Authors and others appears to be 
creation of updated user documentation and rebranding of it for LO.  There is 
considerable attention on places where there are large holes (e.g., for the 
Base application).

I am hopeful that when there is an Apache release, they might 
be inspired to contribute an equivalent effort.  There is a pretty steady 
intake of volunteer writers, editors, reviewers, translators, and other 
helpers for the LO documentation.  They have the use of a contributed Alfresco 
repository to help in the collaborative handling and management of materials.

I just now cast my sympathy vote for today's ballot to elect Jean Hollis Weber 
as the LO Documentation team lead. (I am not a contributor to the team, but I 
follow their list with great interest.)

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Terry []
Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2011 03:28
Subject: Re: Can the Site be a Haven for All?

I like the idea but it would be a radical change in direction.  Does anyone 
know the current status of ?  That seems to be a 
possible site for collaboration at least as far as user documentation is 

The site has been in existence for a long time.  It 
links to


----- Original Message -----
> From: Dennis E. Hamilton <>
> To:
> Cc:
> Sent: Thursday, 3 November 2011 12:53 PM
> Subject: Can the Site be a Haven for All?
> Marcus raises an issue that has been lurking in the back of my head since
> migration efforts began to bear fruit.
> It has been common to express our intention that the http:// 
> *
> site be an umbrella or common ground (better perhaps: "bridge") for
> the sibling efforts that share a common heritage in the original StarOffice 
> and
> software.
> I don't think there has been attention on the reality of making the site
> hospitable in that respect.  I don't know that it can be a meaningful
> umbrella, especially when the branding is as one-sided as it is and will
> continue to be, financial contributions are solicited, etc.  Since siblings 
> also
> seek brand recognition for their own offerings, http:// * is
> perhaps not multi-faceted enough, especially since there is not and will not 
> be
> anything like shared control.
> Still, the Forums,
> <>, proclaim their ecumenical
> intentions, indirectly, in their banner.  And maybe it is an ecumenical
> reciprocity that is to be hoped for.  Somehow, there needs to be polite
> recognition of each other and cooperation with regard to seeing that our 
> flocks
> are at home wherever they choose to seek sustenance and support.  It would 
> be
> wonderful were that apparent in our marketing voice and in how the existence 
> of
> siblings is expressed and their users encouraged.
> It seems that the likely case is that there will be friendly 
> cross-connection
> (sort of the old link-exchange idea) and folks will tend to be asking and
> answering questions about one release or the other in various places.  There 
> are
> also some non-affiliated sites that provide substantial support to our 
> various
> users, including support for some spread of interoperability considerations
> among the siblings and also with products from Redmond, Cupertino, Mountain
> View, Beijing and beyond.  (E.g., I recently saw some fascinating statistics 
> for
> <>.  The atmosphere of some forums/lists more
> inhospitable to user-issues regarding interop with non-ODF applications than
> others.  And these different support centers do exhibit a certain
> competitiveness with respect to each other from time to time.)
> - Dennis
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Marcus (OOo) []
> Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2011 17:20
> To:
> Subject: Re: [DISCUSS] Product Branding
> [ ... ]
> I repeat my suggestion on this list:
> Let's build a roof on "" for all Office suites
> that
> are based on Then the trademark is used often enough to
> keep the rights reserved.
> - and -
> Every peer should be happy as they can use this portal to give some
> information, to be a part of the Office family and to link back to their
> real project and product home.
> Marcus
> [ ... ]

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