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From "Jukka Zitting" <jukka.zitt...@gmail.com>
Subject Improving the first impressions
Date Mon, 13 Mar 2006 18:29:27 GMT
Hi,

With the graduation from the Incubator and the release of Jackrabbit
1.0 getting closer, we can expect to receive a fair amount of external
interest in near future. This is a great chance to attract new users
and contributors, and I'd like us to make the most of this
opportunity.

The crucial time for attracting new users are the first few minutes
after a user arrives on the Jackrabbit web site or decides to try
using Jackrabbit. I'll focus on these moments for the next few weeks
and I'd like to welcome all of you contribute in whatever way you
like. Ideas, comments, documentation, example applications, and bug
reports or fixes are all welcome. What do you think are the main
issues that negatively affect the first impressions of a new user? Is
there something that we could do to make the first few minutes
smoother?

I'm currently rewieving the First Hops document for improvements (see
JCR-348 and JCR-351), but there are also a lot of other opportunities
for improvement starting from editing the Jackrabbit front page.
Please reply with your ideas or file improvement requests to Jira!

One exciting opportunity is taking the example web application
contributed by Mark Slater and enhancing it to create a simple drop-in
war file that could serve as an easy-to-install and easy-to-play-with
introduction to Jackrabbit. This is by no means a trivial task, but a
team of a few contributors could well come up with great results. Any
volunteers? I'd be happy to help coordinate such a team.

BR,

Jukka Zitting

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