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From Louis Suárez-Potts <>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Reinvigorate extension authors community
Date Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:00:33 GMT

On 12-10-01, at 08:49 , Rob Weir <> wrote:

> 5 days have passed and no objections were raised, so I'll start moving
> this forward.

Great, thanks.

> -Rob
> On Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 1:34 PM, Rob Weir <> wrote:
>> As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I'm shifting my focus more to
>> the extended OpenOffice ecosystem rather than day-to-day release-cycle
>> tasks.   One of the things I'd like to push for is reinvigorating the
>> application development community.
>> In the legacy project we supported extensions authors via a dedicated
>> mailing list, a wiki, its own IRC channel, and of course the
>> extensions repository website.  Today we have very little of that
>> active.
>> I'd like to breath some new life into this part of the ecosystem.  Now
>> that we have a steady heartbeat of releases, both delivered and
>> planned, and a solid record of end-user downloads, it is easier to
>> argue the value of developing extensions for OpenOffice.  I'd like to
>> help promote this side of the ecosystem via the following tasks:
>> 1) Create a new mailing list: (or
>> if we prefer).  I'll assert that the
>> current mailing lists are inadequate for encouraging this community to
>> thrive.  If they interact on ooo-dev then they are bombarded with 99%
>> irrelevant posts, and if they gather on ooo-users then this will be
>> disruptive to the end-user subscribers there.  Extension authors
>> really are a distinct sub-community of their own.
>> 2) Promote the mailing list via the usual means:  website, social
>> networking, maybe a blog post.
>> 3) Try to contact the existing extension authors, to encourage them to
>> joint the list.  I'd try to do this via SourceForge initially, since
>> they might already have the means to send them all an email.
>> 4) Promote AOO extension development in general, by interviews of
>> extension authors, blog posts, perhaps even a rotating spot on our
>> website featuring an "extension of the week" (or day).
>> 5) Encourage this community to provide feedback to the project and
>> help maintain the current app dev and SDK documentation, website and
>> wiki.
>> If there are no objections to the above I'll go ahead with step 1 in
>> 72 hours.  I'll need a couple more list moderator volunteers as well.
>> And of course, if anyone wants to help with other parts of the above,
>> or complimentary tasks, please let me know.
>> Regards,
>> -Rob

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