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


On 04/26/2011 09:57 AM, David Nelson wrote:
Hi Sam,

I regretfully have to inform you that I had to remove the link to the
LibreOfficeForum.org site at the request of Drew Jensen seconded by
Charles Schulz.

+1

I appreciate the effort Sam has made to create libreofficeforum.org. Like Sam, I feel that the general user community prefers forums to mailing lists, and that a well-implemented forum can really help grow the libreoffice community and provide a sense that the project is well-supported. I also firmly believe that having an easy and recognizable URL is important -- oooforum won't work in the long-term.

Unfortunately, Sam made several poor choices in setting up libreofficeforum.org.

First, he apparently didn't discuss with the community at large (on the mailing lists) or the steering committee about what would make a good forum -- he just announced to the mailing list, in the first week of Oct. 2010, that he had created libreofficeforum.org. It was set up the way he set it up, and that was that. Several "what the...?" comments were made at the time, especially since the site had several flaws.

People have complained about the ads from day 1. People have complained about MSO being advertised. People have also said that they will not provide support on this site because of this. As for me, well, I agree with these complaints 100%. This is like selling candy to raise money for a tooth-decay foundation. It makes no sense, and it creates a mixed-up message where the message should be very clear.

Sam said he needs to have ads, and he doesn't want to discuss the issue of ads here. I'm sorry, but that is the major problem with the site. That issue needs to be hashed out, if not here, by the Steering Committee. If the site needs to have ads, then we don't need the site, IMHO. I'd much rather live with http://www.oooforum.org and
http://user.services.openoffice.org/en/forum in the short-term.

In any case, I think we oughtn't link to libreofficeforum.org from the official LibO site until we either reach consensus here on the mailing list, or the Steering Committee has come to a decision.

     ----Jon

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