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Re: [tdf-discuss] Re: Forums... again


Hi everyone,

I am the creator of LibreOfficeForum.org. I'd just like to set a few
things straight.

1. The forum DOES have full categories, similar to the two major
OpenOffice.org forums. Please look at /forum or click on the Forums button
toward the upper left. I prefer the "Recent posts" listing, because it is
an easy way to see activity across all the categories, and it also helps
spot and control SPAM posts in the comments of old threads, which is a
real problem on some other forums. That being said, if most people find
this too confusing, I can change the frontpage to show the full forum
categories list. I would like to kindly and respectfully request everyone
to give us your opinion on this change after looking at the site with an
open mind and more than a passing glance. Yes, this is an unofficial site,
and yes, it runs Adsense, but a lot of time, effort, and thought has gone
into it to make it nice for the user.

2. Ads. Yes, we have them. They are only Adsense text ads, I do not and
will never permit image ads or 3rd party sponsor ads. I think this is a
responsible and simple method of keeping the forum running if it gets hit
with more traffic. Good hosting is not cheap. I realize that some users
hate ads with a passion. Most of those users are already running an ad
blocker, so they will never see the ads anyway. And additionally, any
registered user can disable the ads with two checkboxes in his user
preferences.

3. Internationalization. I need to get the registration welcome email
internationalized. I don't know how to do this yet, but it's on my list.
At any rate, I feel that we are showing respect to people of other
languages by offering the same exact forum (with all its categories
translated) in none less than 10 languages. At least one moderator that
speaks the language is assigned to each one.

Again, thanks to everyone involved for making LibreOffice available, it's
an extremely important piece of software in my life. Sorry if I don't
receive all of your replies or respond promptly. I'm not very good with
mailing lists and I don't use them much.

Thanks,
Sam


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