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From "Gavin McDonald" <>
Subject RE: Blog Created
Date Sun, 10 Jul 2011 02:38:59 GMT

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andy Brown []
> Sent: Sunday, 10 July 2011 12:18 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Blog Created
> Dennis E. Hamilton wrote:
> > Dang!
> >
> > Well, I just jumped right in.
> >
> > So, we want the blog to be the official voice of the project in some way?
> >
> > Is that a requirement?  Is that what we want?  I thought that is what web
> sites are for.  Blogs have a different kind of voice in my experience.
> >
> > I have lots of outlets for blogging, and I could always create an Apache-
> oriented RSS feed for aggregation, although probably not, since it doesn't
> seem like that much fun.
> >
> > Ah well,
> >
> >  - Dennis
> I would not say "official" but at least semi-official in that it would show, in a
> faster way, what we are doing and how things are going with the project.  I
> think what you did was a good indication of the way it should go.  That is my
> personal opinion and I my be off base here.


All blogs at are official in that they talk about the project, they don't
wander off talking about some developers own thing etc etc...

They can talk about releases as extra exposure - folks often subscribe to RSS feeds
etc rather than keep looking to a website for an update. They can talk about what's
happening currently, they can announce a new committer, a new up and coming 
feature or long awaited fix,etc etc..

What Dennis blogged IMO was spot on and a great start to the Apache OpenOffice[.org]

What Dave mentioned is also something some but not all projects do, and not all the time -

that is to draft a blog announcement for something, then post a 'preview url' to the (this)
dev list for opinions on changes/tweaks/etc before it goes live. That is ideally a tool on

improving, extending and typechecking the blog post rather than opinions to veto it .



> Andy

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