>Would a different attitude/culture, something like
>"Users 1st", help to mitigate that?
Users do not dictate what developers do. That's not how Free and Open
Source Software works, as "the culture change" entails that users would
tell developers and contributors what to do. What would be the
incentive for anyone to do that? I have a day job. Many others do. Why
would I receive directives from random people?:-)
>At the same time it would be good
>to define the user's implicit responsibilities resulting from their
>choice to use the product. To make the difference clearer, it's not a
>case that the user needs to 'Join us!' as on the Help > Send
>Feedback... page, rather it would be an accepted fact that all
>users are automatically a member of the community simply by virtue of
Users are users. They get rights from the software freedom conveyed by
the licenses we use. They do not get anything else, unless they want to
become contributors. Anything else is toxic for the community and
profoundly demotivational (btw: we have ten years of experience on that
>To make this change of emphasis visible I'm thinking of an extension
>to the Help > Send Feedback... page, also ideally putting that
>content into the main help file so users can see it without going
>Below is a very rough draft, based in part on Thorsten's excellent
>summary above. I'd be happy to put more effort into a better version
>if gets support. Keeping this kind of text simple and inviting is
>always very difficult.
> Welcome to the LibreOffice Community
>The LibreOffice community includes all users. Everyone is welcome,
>whether as a user or if you are able to become more involved.
How about: "Everyone is welcome: see how you can become involved today!"
Otherwise you keep on having this distinction where users are not
encouraged to become contributors.
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