Subject: [boost] ** Please don't overquote **
From: vicente.botet (vicente.botet_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-05-28 18:03:36
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From: "David Abrahams" <dave_at_[hidden]>
Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:05 PM
Subject: Re: [boost] [proposal] The boost.org Maintenance Effort
>> * A blog -- where only the maintainers and those nominated by the
>> maintainers to have blog posting access can communicate what's
>> happening, what's coming, whether they need help, or whether there are
>> any nasty bugs that need attention (as well as just some general
>> updates or cool findings regarding the library).
>> * Static Pages -- typically there would be pages like "About",
>> "History", "Examples", and "FAQs" which generally are mostly static.
>> These can be edited by the maintainers and those nominated by the
>> maintainers who would have access to these pages.
>> * Support Information -- this would be a special static page which
>> would point to Trac, or other places where the development and support
>> system of the library is hosted. I am not excluding the possibility of
>> having libraries developed in github/gitorious/sourceforge. Links to
>> things like the mailing list on which the discussion happens, whether
>> there's a web-based forum, or whether there's a number/company to call
>> for support would generally go here too.
>> * Online documentation -- as an absolute minimum there should be a
>> page on documentation for each library in Boost accessible from the
>> boost.org website. It would be a good thing to integrate the generated
>> library documentation into the wordpress system itself, but at the
>> minimum links to the generated library docs that are statically served
>> (just like now) would be acceptable.
>> My personal vision for boost.org would be to become the hub over which
>> the Boost C++ community and the surrounding ecosystem of companies can
>> join in on the action.
>> I would even go so far as say that we should encourage and allow
>> industry players that offer support for Boost libraries or who use
>> Boost libraries to place advertising on the site to help with
>> shouldering the cost of BoostCon, or other things that the Free
>> Software Conservancy would deem necessary to spend money on.
>> I also would like to see it be the face of the Boost community, and
>> really a means to get users to start using boost, get excited about
>> it, and eventually contribute back to the cause.
>> Users who are already passionate about providing support for a wider
>> audience of Boost users could also contribute to the cause not as
>> library developers but people who publicize and liberally put links to
>> the boost.org site on their blogs, on their email correspondence, and
>> in stackoverflow.com answers.
>> Ultimately I would personally want to see boost.org be able to handle
>> the growth of the Boost C++ Library, and allow for more communities
>> (not just one community) to through the site. I don't want it to
>> replace the mailing list for Internet old timers like me who like this
>> feel of email conversation, but for things like announcements and
>> communicating to the wider audience I think the website should do that
>> job superbly.
> I think web forums like BBPress support a mailing-list-like
> experience, don't they? I'd really like to see lightweight
> subscribable discussion topic areas.
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