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From Patricia Shanahan <p...@acm.org>
Subject Re: What would OpenOffice NON-retirement involve?
Date Fri, 02 Sep 2016 17:37:22 GMT

On 9/2/2016 10:18 AM, Dennis E. Hamilton wrote:
>
>
>> -----Original Message----- From: Patricia Shanahan
>> [mailto:pats@acm.org] Sent: Friday, September 2, 2016 09:26 To:
>> dev@openoffice.apache.org 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.
> [orcmid]
>
> 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
>> recruitment@openoffice.apache.org, 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@
> [orcmid]
>
> 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.

I've already volunteered to mentor and organize volunteers. How that 
works would depend on how many volunteers we get.

>
> 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:
>>
>> users@openoffice.apache.org OpenOffice forums Press release
>> members@apache.org dev@community.apache.org
>>
>> We should also strengthen the current download page appeal for
>> developers to state the risk of shut down.
>>
>>
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