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Hi, :-)

A few additional ideas for consideration:

Michael is very interested in "doing stuff" with Drupal. Like Michael,
I personally prefer forums as a support channel for the English NL
community. Drupal originally evolved from forum software, so it is
naturally very strong in that area. Perhaps Michael would like to take
a leading role in developing Drupal-based forums on a

That could satisfy his hunger to do something with Drupal, while
reconciling himself to the fact that TDF has currently decided to stay
with SilverStripe as its CMS - at least for the mid-term future
(although once SilverStripe has been fully operational for a while,
and once the NL subsites have increased in number and thoroughly
developed their content, it will become increasingly inconvenient to
migrate in the future).

AFAIK, Christian might also find that to be a good solution: if I
gaged his POV correctly, he seems to quite favor "best of breed"

Me, I see SilverStripe as a perfectly satisfactory choice of CMS. For
instance, it caters nicely to the project's NL sites' needs.

In any case, the most interesting aspect of running the CMS is not so much the technical administration of the
actual CMS chosen, it's more the communications and marketing you can
do with it for the project's benefit. It's a mixture of journalism,
communications and marketing, in fact, as well as community
cultivation and management.

Here, I'm wondering if Christoph and I don't have somewhat divergent
perceptions about this. Plus, I feel that Christoph would like to feel
very much in the driver's seat with regard to many aspects of the

For myself, I'd love to take the website forward in some exciting
directions. And I would not like to feel too fettered, or I couldn't
really effectively do what I imagine. But I'm starting to wonder
whether Christoph, and maybe some other SC members, would really feel
comfortable with what I would like to set out to achieve.

I certainly would not want to work at cross purposes to the other
website team leads, and would not like to operate within a conflictual

Is it possible that Michael and Christoph would have more-convergent ideas?

In any case, as I've said before in other threads, I'd like to see
Charles, Florian and Italo take a much more hands-on role in the
communications via the website, and to be more proactive in using it
as a tool...

In addition, my vision of the project's Web communications would
involve a more-coordinated use of, the TDF blog and
the website (which I feel should be migrated to
SilverStripe as quickly as possible, so as to be able to develop and
operate it more effectively and easily). I would envision a much more
holistic approach than TDF presently seems to have in mind.

I wanted to share these ideas with you, and I'm willing to follow your
wishes. I think it was a good decision by the SC to appoint an
"editing team" (or whatever you want to call it). But I think it's
worth reviewing whether I'm quite your best choice for leading the
content management role.

In the light of all I've said above, what do you think?

I'm still hoping that Michael will also tell us his own thoughts about all this.

David Nelson

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