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From Dave Fisher <>
Subject Re: Need Apache Member/Officer to submit list creation request (Was: [PROPOSAL] Reinvigorate extension authors community)
Date Tue, 02 Oct 2012 14:33:16 GMT

On Oct 2, 2012, at 7:01 AM, Rob Weir wrote:

> On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM, Louis Suárez-Potts <> wrote:
>> 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.
> No luck with a JIRA issue asking Infra to create the new mailing list.
> Evidently they are moving to a new request system that uses a form
> that only Apache Members and Officers can access.  So until we
> graduate we need to filter mailing list creation requests through a
> Mentor or someone else with permissions.
> Details for the list request are here, if anyone is able to help:

Someone else beat me to it.


> Regards,
> -Rob
>> Great, thanks.
>> Louis
>>> -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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