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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: What would OpenOffice NON-retirement involve?
Date Fri, 02 Sep 2016 17:18:02 GMT

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Patricia Shanahan []
> Sent: Friday, September 2, 2016 09:26
> To:
> Subject: Re: What would OpenOffice NON-retirement involve?
> On 9/2/2016 7:59 AM, Phillip Rhodes wrote:
> > OK, counter-point to the other thread... let's talk specifically about
> what
> > needs to happen next, given that some (plenty|most|all|???) of us want
> this
> > project to
> > continue moving forward.
> >
> > What has to happen next?  What is the most important thing/things we
> could
> > be
> > working on?  What could I do *right now* to help move things in a
> positive
> > direction?
> >
> > How can we attract more developers?  How do we counter the FUD that is
> > already being promulgated in response to the "retirement" discussion?
> >  etc...
> The "other thread" is actually liberating. Let's go public with the risk
> that AOO will be shut down, despite the wishes and best efforts of its
> remaining developers.

I think that is a great approach, Patricia.

> I would like to see every possible medium used to present one message:
> "AOO is at serious risk of dying, unless we get more volunteer
> developers, especially C++ programmers."
> I know we need other skills as well, but I don't want to dilute or
> complicate that message.
> I would like a special mailing list,
> just for signing up and organizing new developers. No need for them to
> start with dev@, especially the less experienced developers. Just send
> an e-mail to recruitment@

We can, of course, add a mailing list.  That does mean we need moderators and we also need
someone to watch the list and figure out what to do with the offers.

Something we can easily do already [as well], and we have not acted on it, is add the ASF
Help Wanted widget in a number of places.  We can then populate the database the Widget uses
with specific requests for assistance on Apache OpenOffice.  The benefit is that (1) these
can be focused tasks, (2) the Help Wanted will also be visible in other places among the Help
Wanted from other projects, and (3) the Help Wanted item provides enough properties about
skill requirements and nature of the task, as well as a link to details that help the interested
volunteer find details enough to decide how to contribute.

Addition of the help-wanted widget can be done immediately.  

I have another promised activity for this US Holiday weekend, but I will dig into that too.

 - Dennis

> The message should go out every way it can:
> OpenOffice forums
> Press release
> We should also strengthen the current download page appeal for
> developers to state the risk of shut down.
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