A blog for the MOTU?
mok at bioxray.au.dk
Sun Aug 17 15:58:48 BST 2008
Some time ago, dholbach and mok0 were talking on IRC, and came to the
agreement that it would be useful to have a blog for the MOTU, like
the server team has one. A blog would be orthogonal to the other means
of communication that we use:
- Mailing list
- Launchpad bugs
Each of these have their own justification:
+ Very useful for announcements and messages.
- Less suited for discussions that are often hard to follow, because
there is a lot of noise. Messages in a thread tend to become longer
and longer because many people are not disciplined in editing the
thread, and some even do "top posting" (tsk tsk! Very bad habbit!).
- Usually no good way to tag/categorize things (depends on your email
- mok0 regularly cleans out old entries (follows> 30 mailing lists),
so he has no long-term archive. You can go to the mailman archive for
old stuff, but that has _terrible_ search facilities.
+ Mostly suited for static "article style", "HOWTO" and "FAQ"
+ Great for casual, user generated information
+ Suited for summing up discussions, but has:
- no structured "comment" system.
- Information may be scattered. Contains a lot of "orphan"
- Information difficult to keep up-to-date.
+/- Everyone can edit
+ Truly great for casual discussions and for creating the atmosphere
in the developent teams!
- Not suited for lengthy explanations, but
+ excellent for ping-pong style questions/answers.
+ excellent for teaching and help
+ Great for having a very specific. technical discussion on a subject
-- usually a bug in software but could be other things like ideas.
+ Good for including files like patches, screendumps, etc.
- Bad for announcements and general discussions
A blog would give some orthogonal capabilities, and would help develop
the community in a helpful way. MOTUs can post a wide variety of
messages: educational, entertaining, new ideas. Useful properties are:
+ Comment system, so all these things can be discussed.
+ Nice window for the MOTU team to the outside world
+ Importantly: errors, wrong information etc. can be edited and fixed.
+ Information can be tagged, and reorganized at any stage.
+ Additional information can be added to content at any time.
+ Can host (edited?) important information and discussions from
+ text can include formatting, images, etc.
+ Can be made visually attractive
+ Somewhat useful for announcements
+ Many good ways to read blog (can be aggregated)
+/- Can be hosted externally (e.g. wordpress.org)
- Not suited for messages
In addition, if the blog is run on a MOTU controlled machine, QA pages
can be integrated directly.
We feel that it is only a good idea to establish a blog if there is a
critical mass of MOTUs that want to contribute. The blog would be an
offer and opportunity for MOTUs to write various Ubuntu/MOTU related
stuff for the Internet. It could perhaps better express the soul of
the development team than some of the other avenues of information do.
Currently, there is a lot of MOTU-related information scattered on
several different systems and servers. It may seem to be a bad idea to
introduce yet another one, but on the other hand, it could be a
logical place to assemble the many threads, and if successful, the
blog could be the main portal to the MOTU world.
The blog should be voluntary, no one should be forced to using a tool
they don't want to.
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