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From "Keith N. McKenna" <>
Subject Response to follow-up e-mails Was Re: Use of Ricardo's Status page.
Date Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:30:38 GMT
Dave Barton wrote:
> -------- Original Message  --------
> From: Rob Weir <>
> To:
> Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:07:53 -0400
>> On Sat, Mar 23, 2013 at 5:35 AM, Keith N. McKenna
>> <> wrote:
>>> Rob Weir wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 2:47 AM, Keith N. McKenna
>>>> <> wrote:
>>>>> RGB ES wrote:
>>>>>> 2013/3/19 Rob Weir <>
>>>>>>> On Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 6:17 PM, Keith N. McKenna
>>>>>>> <> wrote:
>>>>>>>> RGB ES wrote:
>>>>> <snip>

>>>>>>> I think we need more "hand holding" and guidance for new volunteers.
>>>>>>> Just pointing them to wiki is not enough.  With QA new volunteers
>>>>>>> gave them specific assignments at first, e.g., review these 10
>>>>>>> reports.  I know it sounds odd to "assign" tasks to volunteers,
>>>>>>> until they find their way around and self-assign tasks, this
is a good
>>>>>>> way for them to get started.  In return, with QA, I promised
to review
>>>>>>> their early work and give them feedback.
>>>>>>> So I wonder if we can come up with set of specific tasks, of
>>>>>>> sizes, from 1 to 8 hours, and specifically asked new volunteers
>>>>>>> pick from that list?  It might work better.
>>>>> It is certainly worth a try. We have hard virtually nothing from many
>>>>> the
>>>>> volunteers since there initial contact.
>>>> Another thing would be for one of the moderators of the mailing list
>>>> to cross reference current list subscribers with those who said they
>>>> wanted to help.  Some of them may not have subscribed to the list.
>>>> With the QA team I did that and then sent reminders to those who were
>>>> not yet signed up.
>>> I am not a moderator but if one can get the list and e-mail it to me I will
>>> do the cross check and send out the reminders.
>> OK.  I'm not a moderator on this list either.  So who is?
>> -Rob
>>> Keith
>>>> Any moderator can request the subscriber list by sending this commend
>>>> from their moderator email address:
>>>> Although you should not share the list publicly, since it has
>>>> everyone's email address, it would be interesting to know how many
>>>> people are subscribed in total.
>>>> -Rob
> The list of 63 subscribers has been sent directly to Keith.
> Dave
On 2013-04-09 I sent the following reminder to all individuals that had 
expressed interest in working on documentation but had not yet signed up 
for the mailing list:

> You recently expressed interest in working on documentation for
> ApacheOpenOffice. To date you have not signed up for our mailing list which is
where we discuss everything having to do with documentation for the project.
> Currently we are concentrating on user guides for Version 4.0 and we
need help of all sorts for these.If you are still interested please
subscribe to the mailing list by sending a blank e-mail to and follow the instructions
in the return email or for those that prefer using nntp instead set your
news reader to and subscribe to
gmane.comp.apache.openoffice.doc and join us.
> Regards Keith McKenna

To date I have had no replies. If one of our moderators could check and 
see if we have had an increase from the 63 registered users that were on 
the list that Dave Barton sent me on 2013-03-26 it would be greatly 

It is to say the least disheartening to look at the status page and see 
the same few names as doing all the work both writing (Ricardo) and editing.

As a group we need to work towards finding ways to motivate others to 
become more active and to recruit new members, especially those with 
knowledge of Calc, Impress and Base who can start writing the Guides for 
those applications.


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