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From karl wettin <>
Subject Re: Has anyone downloaded / build / deployed the GData-Server
Date Wed, 26 Jul 2006 17:02:25 GMT
On Wed, 2006-07-26 at 12:53 +0200, Simon Willnauer wrote:

> I will definitely stay on the project so I guess we need a plan to
> make a plan to get that software usable. This won't be a ready to use
> software after SoC so there will be some stuff to do. Will there be
> any other developers interested in it?!

You get no answers, so I wrote this. It is a general reflection on open
source projects and the participating parties. Not really about you and
your project. I hope it can give you an idea on how to promote it.

This is a great place to post things that gets ignored. Everybody is
knee deep in their own projects and does not wake up and look in to new
things until there is a discussion immediately cross referenced with
their own work or interest. With some luck, established future needs
also triggers people.

The only time I ever got people here to react for real, is when I asked
if 1.5-code would be committed.

Generally engineers have pretty bad marketing skills. We love to write
long and detailed about our projects, text nobody reads. And as we get
no response we write even more. Finally anything we write gets ignored. 

Explain in no more than a couple of sentences why GData is so great and
put it on the Wiki. Nag us with these words in your signature. Host a
demo application that will blow our minds! Do something. People will not
download and run the application just because it exists. They need to be
interested or need it first. And to have an interest or feel the need
one have to understand what it is. It is easy to end up in a catch 22.

I have no marketing skills. I am a code monkey. I keep posting stuff
until I get ignored. I have to kidnap my mentors. I have to fool people
in to using my code so I get it tested and approved. I have to call my
mother and tell her what great stuff I made to get acknowledgment. I
worry about my code getting to no use if I would die tomorrow. 

But don't despair. And don't be offended. It's not you, it's me and the
other people with an agenda and ideas of their own.

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