Rajko M. wrote:
We can focus on openSUSE:Browse first, though if some idea comes about Portal
nothing forbids to implement it on the fly. Important is to set limited number of elements that we can work on, just as Frank mentioned. Although I would not spend much time to find which are the most important, as I already attempted to do. With few editors for all tasks, we have to see how to improve, if necessary, openSUSE browse, and that is all. When time comes it can be rebuild from scratch.
However, in my opinion, major task is to create environment where someone that is asking what to do have an answer. I have to look for examples in other places. Someone had that problem and it has some solution. We can't advertise participation without having some tasks to offer, having tools and standards in place.
For instance this looks good: http://www.openoffice.org/about_us/new.html
This is example what I meant as smaller tasks that belong to big project: http://groupware.openoffice.org/glow/dev/opentasks.html
There is many more pages listed with query "openoffice open tasks"
Than this can help with idea about ownership of tasks/projects: http://www.mozilla.org/owners.html If someone has a question about particular topic it is possible to find with whom to talk.
The Wikipedia idea works because there is huge number of topics and every contributor can find something that interesting. The openSUSE wiki is different, with many more users that are starting with Linux. Just stating that they can contribute is not good enough. We have to identify tasks for them.
-- Regards, Rajko
Ok so what will we be using as our official categories? Are we going to use what is on openSUSE:Popular_Topics/Hierarchy or something more condensed?
That Mozilla owners page is very close to what I was talking about in my last e-mail! Very cool, that would be a good way to allow users to know what portals/categories need owners, peers and who to contact.
Getting content that will guide new editors to what needs work and what categories to use is good, but what will we be doing about our existing mess? We will slowly be prevented new problems but we still have yet to solve problems with how the categories will be used, getting editors, etc.
Are we going to just at least get the articles in the openSUSE:Popular_Topics categorized under the official categories? This would probably be a good idea and it wouldn't take all that long. Then the pages that are most wanted will be easy to find because they will be properly categorized. Then with these new pages to guide new editors, hopefully all new pages will be properly categorized.
Once all of this gets rolling I think it would be a good idea to come back to the portal.
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