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Hello Tom,

2011/1/17 Tom Davies <>

Yes, obviously we can't force people to use any email address!

For me the question is how to be attractive enough that people do want to
to use it.  Often just making something exclusive makes people want it
especially if there is a known kudos behind it.

One thing that worries me about making it members-only is what happens to
whose contributions fall away for some legitimate reason?

See this section of our bylaws:

Also the cases of the
teacher or local advocate being forced to prove the size of their
is likely to reduce the chances of them bothering.  That doesn't hinder
much but does hinder LibreOffice getting it's name out there.

Well I don't think so. Frankly if Mozilla had to give out email addresses to
anyone in order to spread firefox, I think we would have known it. :-)


Regards from
Tom :)

From: Charles-H. Schulz <>
Sent: Mon, 17 January, 2011 10:30:31
Subject: Re: [steering-discuss] e-mail accounts

Hello Friedrich,

2011/1/16 Friedrich Strohmaier <>

Hi Charles, *,

Who is it, You agree?

Charles-H. Schulz schrieb:
Le Sat, 15 Jan 2011 21:23:02 +0100, Friedrich Strohmaier
<> a écrit :
Olivier Hallot schrieb:
Em 14-01-2011 16:16, Tom Davies escreveu:

OTOH if people use the email address "" then
it gets the name "OpenOffice" out there and being seen by a lot
of people.  Free advertising!

For some people this is even a matter of pride, like wearing a
t-shirt with a well known brand or message.

I agree with this.

Regarding easy handling:
I tend to expect there is more good than bad to be generous with Mail adresses to people joining or even beeing in
favor of LibreOffice. Similar as, but not equal as of with As mentioned by Bernhard, there should be a
mechanism of revoking it and it should be clear for everyone this
can happen in case of missuse.


+ 1

Leave the mail for TDF oficials as

+1, I would even add the following: are only
available for official contributors and even they have to request it
(I don't exactly see the automatic need for, say, a code contributor
to have such an address).

I've a different view whom beeing part of the community:
What's about one passing the (upcoming) DVD to his neighbour plus giving
him first support but never appearing in the official "contributing
system" here?

Whats about the teacher advocating and promoting LO in his scool or even
an excited user advocating the suite in his company? You wouldn't allow
him to use a alias?

Well, there are many ways you can define a community. What we do here is
define a threshold, a level of commitment which marks a point where we have
individuals who are committed enough to contribute in a seizable way. I'm
well aware there is a community of users, and even a community of fans, but
in my view they can benefit in different ways. Also note that there isn't a
rule that says users or fans should be hindered to participate. In
Membership is something you earn by contributing in a constant and seizable
way (see the Bylaws).

But I would like to give you an example, which is in fact a personal one. I
regularly use Claws Mail, an email client for reading and sending almost
my mails.
I am quite happy with it, so happy in fact, that I'm an advocate of this
email client. I wrote two articles about it, I filed a bug report once,
chatted on the project's IRC... But I'm not requesting a
@claws-mail.orgemail address, and in fact, I don't know of any FOSS
project out there that
hands out email addresses for fans (aside something indirect such as

So to me there are also advocates and promoters who are very happy without
an email address or a special status.

You agree the statements of Tom, Olivier and mine one, finally
advocating the opposite - did You read it? :o))

Apparently I just read yours :-)



No offence :o))

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