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From Alexandre Rafalovitch <arafa...@gmail.com>
Subject Book contest idea - feedback requested
Date Tue, 16 Jul 2013 03:11:05 GMT
Hello,

Packt Publishing has kindly agreed to let me run a contest with e-copies of
my book as prizes:
http://www.packtpub.com/apache-solr-for-indexing-data/book

Since my book is about learning Solr and targeted at beginners and early
intermediates, here is what I would like to do. I am asking for feedback on
whether people on the mailing list like the idea or have specific
objections to it.

1) The basic idea is to get Solr users and write and vote on what they find
hard with Solr, especially in understanding the features (as contrasted
with just missing ones).
2) I'll probably set it up as a User Voice forum, which has all the
mechanisms for suggesting and voting on ideas. With an easier interface
than Jira....
3) The top N voted ideas will get the books as prizes and I will try to
fix/document/create JIRAs for those issues.
4) I am hoping to specifically reach out to the communities where Solr is a
component and where they don't necessarily hang out on our mailing list. I
am thinking SolrNet, Drupal, project Blacklight, Cloudera, CrafterCMS,
SiteCore, Typo3, SunSpot, Nutch. Obviously, anybody and everybody from this
list would be absolutely welcome to participate as well.

Yes? No? Suggestions?

Also, if you are maintainer of one of the products/services/libraries that
has Solr in it and want to reach out to your community yourself, I think it
would be a lot better than If I did it. Contact me directly and I will let
you know what template/FAQ I want you to include in the announcement
message when it is ready.

Thank you all in advance for the comments and suggestions.

Regards,
   Alex.

Personal website: http://www.outerthoughts.com/
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandrerafalovitch
- Time is the quality of nature that keeps events from happening all at
once. Lately, it doesn't seem to be working.  (Anonymous  - via GTD book)

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