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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <dennis.hamil...@acm.org>
Subject RE: Attracting new developers
Date Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:20:48 GMT
+1, thanks Patricia

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Patricia Shanahan [mailto:pats@acm.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 10:51
> To: dev@openoffice.apache.org
> Subject: Attracting new developers
> 
> OpenOffice really needs more developers, especially build experts but
> also programmers in general.
> 
> We do have a web page, http://openoffice.apache.org/get-involved.html,
> but it it not very obvious and tends to emphasize non-programming
> contributions. Those are very valuable, but we have far too few
> developers.
> 
> I only found out about the need for developers by reading
> board@apache.org, a mailing list that is available to a few hundred
> people. Meanwhile, it's a quiet day if there are less than 100,000
> downloads.
> 
> The download page, https://www.openoffice.org/download/, could have a
> "Developers Needed" block similar to the "Help Spread the Word" block,
> linking to http://openoffice.apache.org/get-involved.html.
> 
> If this does get us some more developers, I am volunteering to shepherd
> and organize them. I don't think just telling them to pick something to
> work on is an effective way of getting them started - we seem to lose a
> lot of people at that point.
> 
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