Since my name was mentioned, I'll jump in briefly into this discussion
with a few points that I think are important (even though this
discussion seems to have come to an end).
On Sun, Jan 9, 2011 at 1:07 PM, Christoph Noack wrote:
[... Bernhard wrote:]
In my eyes these areas (and possible candidates for contacts - didn't
ask them by now if they would serve as contacts) would be:
(Christian / Erich)
WebDesign and UX
(Ivan / Christoph)
Personally, I'm happy to help in any case. And, I'm sure that Ivan will
also be happy to share his experience.
With something as multifaceted as the website (and this multifaceted
nature probably helps explain why it's become a kind of center of
contention), I think it's important to have a multidisciplinary team
that can work together on different (and, sometimes, similar) areas.
For example, user experience and design can overlap with textual
content. Sometimes, content may need to be adjusted to facilitate
design and vice versa. Also, user experience may involve ensuring that
the content meets the needs of users.
To enable people with different expertise to work together, we need
better communication channels (which could be in the form of points of
contact as Bernhard suggested above, greater use of blogs, wiki,
etc...) and decision making processes. Experience thus far has
demonstrated that organic processes don't seem to work well (at least
where time constraints are a significant factor). Therefore I look
forward to the SC making a formal decision so we can all move forward.
There is one more statement that I would like to add to this (long) discussion:
The word meritocracy seems to mean different things to different
people. As such, it would be good to have an operational definition
within the context of the LibreOffice project so that this abstract
term can become as practical as (I believe) it was intended.
For me, meritocracy requires an availability of opportunities for
others to establish merit.
With the recent groundswell of interest in the website project, it has
become clear that there are many people who are willing to participate
and make contributions. These people may not have been able to make
contributions earlier, or they may not have been aware of
possibilities to make such contributions at an earlier point in time.
I don't think that should act as a barrier at such an early stage in
the website project, especially considering that we have now had a
significant period of time where website development was considerably
isolated from the wider community.
Maybe I'm asking for too much or being too idealistic: an efficient
(things-get-done) community-based meritocracy where individuals have
opportunities to establish merit at whatever times they are willing
and able to contribute.
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