What should a community manager do?

Peter Neubauer peter at neubauer.se
Sat Oct 11 18:49:33 CEST 2008

Hi there,
I fully agree with Rod! I would even go so far as to consider having a
automatic registration system to get access to GIT, SVN, Wiki and all
mailing lists in order to capture even the smallest contribution,
regardless of if it is developer coding or correction of spelling
errors in the Wiki. Everything that can lower the barrier to
participation should be implemented. Since every system is version
handled misuse is not a big problem, at least in my experience. We do
that over at http://wiki.ops4j.org/confluence/display/ops4j/Principles+of+Open+Participation+Software
It works very well!


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On Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 11:32 AM, Stroller
<stroller at stellar.eclipse.co.uk> wrote:
> Blimey! Rod makes some GREAT points here - this email should probably
> be a standard reference document for OSS projects. When I got to the
> bottom & read his credentials they seemed entirely congruent with his
> insights.
> I just want to add one little thing, and that's DON'T OVERLOOK THE
> DETAILS... as Rod has been thorough in his post, so should you be
> thorough if trying to  foster an OSS project. Sure, looking after all
> the little details should ensure that the bigger picture holds
> together, too, but if everything else is going through a bad patch, or
> someone is having a bad day, these little things can be the last straw.
> On 11 Oct 2008, at 06:48, Rod Whitby wrote:
>> ... Never let an external developer be
>> inconvenienced because some mailing list is sending duplicate
>> messages,
>> ...
> Openmoko has been told about this COUNTLESS times, and nothing seems
> to get done about it. Has anyone actually tried fixing the mailing
> list software / server? Some days it just really pisses me off,
> reading through the mailing list and having to click "delete" all the
> time, because I've seen that message 3 times already.
> Stroller.
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