WordPress test setup done

Jeroen Coumans jeroen at JeroenCoumans.nl
Thu Jan 8 15:27:02 PST 2004


Hi Bill Maltby, LFS Organizational. You said the following on 01/08/04 
23:48:
> Wiki or blog or ... there are those who want to go just one place. There
> are others who don't mind two, or maybe even three. But I suspect a
> majority would balk at four.

Perhaps this would be a good time to analyse our communication and see 
if we can streamline it. We currently have the following tools which 
allow us to communicate:

- Mailing lists/ news groups
- Website
- Wiki
- IRC
- Bugzilla

The most important communication takes place on the lists. This makes 
sense because it has the most freedom in communication:
- one message is received by many
- messages are archived online
- you're not restricted by time to send or receive a message (time shifting)

All other communication forms have a subset of the capabilities or are a 
specialised form of communication which allows us to direct different 
kinds of communication. Thus, generally, the website is used to 
communicate static information, bugzilla to discuss bugs, IRC for 
support and the Wiki for community writings.

Thus, while there are many forms of communication, each additional 
communication channel is used for a specific purpose and doesn't 
distract from the main channel. Plus, we provide shortcuts and summarys; 
eg. the website has news items which reflect recent developments on the 
lists and on the products.

In light of this, the ability to add comments to news items will be 
useful for a select audience, namely for those who don't want to 
participate on the lists but do want to interact with the community. The 
ability to setup a comment->mail gateway ensures that people don't have 
to check the site religiously. Plus a comment system will enable us 
feedback on the more static documentation on the website. Have a look at 
the PHP website to see how useful that can be (eg. 
http://www.php.net/manual/en/tutorial.php).

On the other hand, it could become a total disaster. But we don't really 
know until we've tried it, yes?

-- 
Groeten/Greetings,
Jeroen Coumans
www.jeroencoumans.nl



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