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Hi all,

There something my grand'ma always said to me: help you and heaven will help you ;-)
On 01/04/2011 10:30, Andre Schnabel wrote:
Hi Olivier,

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Von: Olivier Hallot<>

LO went into a new and frenetic development pace which concerns me if no
strong leadership and planning is not well conducted.

I slightly disagree here on the term "leadership". I'd rather see
"collaboration" here (kathedral vs. bazaar).
But after all, some early brainstorming / decision making / specification
would be very appreciated, as well as documentation.

What we miss the most is communication, whatever the medium, finding the information is something currently to difficult for all the steps of the project.

On top of the need for specs (often seen as a unimportant and cumbersome
task by casual developers) I am struggling with the radical changes of
the configuration of the software since release 3.2 that has almost no
document on how to make it work for you, much less on examples and

Well - good example, that "strong leadership" itself does not really help
to prevent such things. The new configuration was implemented under
OOo's (Sun's) "strong leadership" model (with all the requests for
specification, qa, documentation etc. in place).
I don'T want to say, that missing documentation is a good thing -
just, that you don't create the docs by enforcing leadership.

+1 and again, anybody is free to collaborate with the developers to write the documentation. We should define where to retrieve the basic information and then work on the top of that for our different needs (documentation, QA, marketing, and so on).

For me, no new feature should be released without proper
/help/user/admin documentation, even if this is is slowing the pace of
the release schedule.

"Proper" is a very subjective term. I'd like to see a basic documentation
from the developer - a a certain place (something like OOo's spec
project, but not such bloated spec document formalism). This should
be reviewed and enhacend by other community members (in collaboration
with the developer).

yes, exactly. But again, everybody is free to set this process.

Kind regards
Founding member of The Document Foundation

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