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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: Article on the Register
Date Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:27:07 GMT
On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 4:28 PM, Marcus (OOo) <> wrote:
> Am 06/13/2013 09:36 AM, schrieb Andre Fischer:
>> On 12.06.2013 22:06, Rob Weir wrote:
>>> On Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 3:50 PM, Marcus (OOo) <>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Am 06/12/2013 06:48 PM, schrieb Andrea Pescetti:
>>>>> On 12/06/2013 Andre Fischer wrote:
>>>>>> Can we have both? Some longer living, semi-'official' news and a
>>>>>> frequently changing list of recent blog posts. I find both important
>>>>>> and interesting. And having blog posts listed on the main page may
>>>>>> an incentive to more people writing new posts.
>>>>> Adding "Blog" to the main navigation bar is surely helpful. For
>>>>> something more similar to what Andre asked for, I've just committed a
>>>>> test to
>>>>> (if it gets published, no problem, it will still be in the test area).
>>>>> There you can see a block with the titles of the latest posts, good to
>>>>> show immediately what the blog topics are.
>>>> That's right. One (maybe radical) idea comes into my mind:
>>>> What if we stop the normal news (and the separate news webpage on
>>>> ".../news/index.html") and post everything in the blog? And write some
>>>> headline on the homepage?
>>> I was thinking something similar. Shouldn't all new stories go onto
>>> the blog?
>>> And once we figure out how to update this live from the feed, I'd love
>>> to split the right side into three areas, one for the most recent blog
>>> posts, another for the most recent extensions and another for the most
>>> recent templates.
>>> So in a small space we can rotate headline from the blog, as well as
>>> templates, extensions, etc.
>> I like your ideas (Andrea, Marcus, Rob) in general. But
>> - I think the distinction between blogs and news can be a good thing if
>> we understand blogs more as personal opinions of individual community
>> members and news as 'official' announcements. If we mix blogs and news
>> then I see the danger that news will be swept out of view by the much
>> more frequently written blog posts.
> I tend to see blog posts as news, too. Maybe with no official wording but
> more informal, but still news.

I think there are two dimensions:  formal versus informal, and
project-view versus personal.

I think everything on the project blog should be written with us
wearing our "project hat".  In other words it should conform to
community values and support the mission of the project.  But within
these posts there may be various degrees of formality.  Some might be
written from the perspective of the individual, using the word "I".
Others might be more formal, and speak of "we".  Some might be more
conversational, others more in the form of a press release.  But they
are all done wearing out Apache OpenOffice hats.

I would not expect the project blog to have posts promoting 3rd party
businesses, discussing our summer holidays, criticizing other open
source projects, or attacking the NSA for spying on Americans.  But
all of these topics are fine for personal blogs, hosted outside of

If we agree on this kind of division, then "news" or "announcements"
would refer to project blog posts of a certain style.  They are the
more formal ones written with the intent of giving a specific message.
  We could decide to promote only such posts on the
homepage, or all posts.   Personally I think we might want to save
that space only for news posts.  And if we do that there is no need to
give the author's name on the home page.  Just give the title.



> With a clear structure of categories and a clear "signature/disclaimer" at
> the end of the text it should be clear enough in which context the blog text
> is - personal or official or ...
> Marcus
>> - Listing blog posts, extensions and templates will only work if we have
>> frequent updates of extensions and templates. I have to admit that I did
>> not follow those two in the past months. Is there enough traffic to talk
>> about?
>> -Andre
>>> -Rob
>>>> We keep going to post news also on the homepage *and* get more blog
>>>> posts.
>>>> Another thing:
>>>> Put the x recent headlines directly between nav bar and "I want to learn
>>>> more ...". Yes, that would put everything a bit lower, but we would
>>>> get rid
>>>> of the right side and the entire page will be much more smaller.
>>>> Better for
>>>> mobile devices. And the news are always on top.
>>> So a single column?
>>> Another idea would be to introduce jQuery and implement one of the
>>> many sliders:
>>>>> Unless there are objections, I plan to port it to the "real" homepage
>>>>> during the weekend.
>>>> For me that would be fine.
>>>> Marcus
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