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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: Refactoring the brand: Apache ooo + (was branding)
Date Tue, 02 Aug 2011 13:47:29 GMT
On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 9:17 AM, Reizinger Zoltán <> wrote:
> 2011.08.02. 14:03 keltezéssel, Rob Weir írta:
>> On Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 10:38 PM, Jean Hollis Weber<>
>>  wrote:
>>> On Mon, 2011-08-01 at 21:24 -0400, Rob Weir wrote:
>>>> I'd look at it like this:  The documentation that is needed for our
>>>> users to be successful with our product, from end users, to admins, to
>>>> application developers, that documentation is product documentation.
>>>> If having it deleted or defaced, without us noticing it, would cause
>>>> our users some harm, then it is product documentation.  If the right
>>>> to copy, modify and redistribute the documentation is essentially to
>>>> successful creating and hosting a new port or translation, or even a
>>>> commercial derivative or an open source fork, of the project, then it
>>>> is product documentation.
>>> Leaving aside for the moment all the other user-doc type items on the
>>> wiki, and looking specifically at the existing current set of user
>>> guides (which are in ODT/PDF format, but made available for download
>>> from the existing OOo wiki), I'm unclear how they will fit into this.
>>> They are not currently under the Apache license, and we would never be
>>> able to track down all the contributors to get them to agree to the
>>> license and/or sign the iCLA. So are we talking only about future
>>> updates to these docs? And if so, do you mean that every future
>>> contributor to these guides during their production must sign the iCLA?
>>> Or just that only someone with suitable access rights (committer?) can
>>> put them on the wiki (in ODT/PDF format)? Or something else?
>> I'd like us to treat documentation like we do code.  Not necessarily
>> the same tools, but the same care for provenance, accountability and
>> quality, namely:
>> 1) We welcome "patches" and "contributions" from anyone, but these
>> must be first reviewed and approved by a project committer before they
>> become part of the documentation set.  Any such contributions must be
>> made under Apache 2.0 license.
>> 2) Only project committers have direct write access to the
>> documentation.  This requires that they first sign the iCLA.
>> 3) All contributions, whether from the public or from committers and
>> tracked/logged, so we can accurately determine who made a given
>> change.  So no anonymous or pseudonymous patches.  A user id that we
>> can trace to a real email address is fine.
>> With code this works by non-committer contributors sending patches
>> (diffs) to the mailing list, where they are merged in and reviewed by
>> a committer, and then checked into the repository.  With
>> documentation, using a wiki , we would need a different mechanism for
>> achieving this.  Luckily there are MediaWiki extensions to enable
>> this.
> Rob,
> I think you lives outside of this world. You will not find a lot of
> contributors which needs to work with this idea.

I'm seeing it working exactly as it does now, with the difference that
the changes made by non-committers are not immediately visible on the
page until reviewed and approved by a committer.

> This will stop causal documentation contributors to enhance wiki page.

So you think that someone will refuse to contribute unless their
change is made available immediately?  Have you tried this?  Can you
back up your assertion that no one will contribute?

Take a look at the wiki logs right now:

What do you see?  Many new zombie accounts.  People updating their
User pages (not documentation) and a few real documentation changes,
most of which are made by Jean, who is already an Apache OpenOffice

So although I've seen claims that there are 35,000 user accounts, even
15,000 real accounts, I'm not seeing a huge volume of changes.

> When I started working with wiki documentation, first I checked that the
> written down text is working in OOo, and if I find something corrected the
> text.
> I did this when I found some time to work on wiki.
> If the causal user meet barriers like every post wait for moderating for
> committers they will lost their interest very soon.

What if the wait for review was only a day?

> May be you will have good managed and fully license compliant documentation,
> but fully out of date.

Again, what if aimed to delay the review/approval by no more than 1
day?  Certainly that would not be technically out of date.  Even if
the delay was a week it would not be out of date since releases come
only every couple of months.

> Zoltan
>> I'd like to preserve the immediate nature of editing on the wiki.
>> That is its strength.  But we need to find away to also get this under
>> project oversight as well.  I think we can do both, without too much
>> annoyance to contributors.
>>> --Jean

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