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