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From Terry <>
Subject Publicity (was Native support of the SVG graphic format in Apache
Date Wed, 07 Dec 2011 10:41:21 GMT
Comments interlineated.

----- Original Message -----
> From: Rob Weir <>
> To:
> Cc: 
> Sent: Wednesday, 7 December 2011 3:18 AM
> Subject: Re: Native support of the SVG graphic format in Apache
> On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 8:09 PM, Terry <> 
> wrote:
>> <snip>
>>  This piecemeal approach I think is ineffective.  What would be much better 
> is a 'news' page where such items as Eric Bachard's blog can be 
> mentioned and linked, similar to the technique which has been used by 
> for years.  I follow that site because it gathers material from 
> many sources relating to subjects which interest me.
>>  Ideally, one would be able to get a news feed from such a page.  I note 
> that the AOO blog is virtually dormant.  It could be an entry on a news page 
> with some worthwhile material; on its own, it is not worth following.
> There are two parts to this:  the message and the distribution of the
> message.  For messages we can have quick, ad-hoc bits of information
> we want to get out, up to longer article length pieces.  I'd expect
> that shorter bits of information could come from anyone at any time.
> For distribution we have a few things:
> -- project blog.  This is official, but currently has almost zero
> visibility.  I'd think of it as a way of the project making
> semi-official statements, but more work would need to be done to
> direct traffic to the blog.

Quite apart from 'visibility' there is virtually no activity on the project blog.

> <snip>
> So creating a new "destination" for news stories related to AOO is
> easy.  Getting users to visit that news source is nearly impossible.
> I think that any successful outreach will need to rely on some
> coordination among the official distribution channels (project blog),
> the personal social networks of PPMC members and the OOo-branded
> social network accounts.  Right now this coordination is done
> informally and rather poorly.  Certainly room for improvement.
> -Rob

I am heartened to learn that creating a news page would be easy.  Presumably the only reason
it doesn't exist is that no one is authorised and able to create it.

If "getting users to visit that news source is nearly impossible," why should a blog fare
any better, especially when there is no content there.  A news page can pull in articles
and other items from many sources.  The blog is limited to those rare occasions when some
authorised person has time to write and something to report.

Regards, Terry

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