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Hi all,

I forward here Florian's mail about Ask. Is there some of you willing to
run an Ask instance on their language? If yes, please read the forwarded
note: you need to have at least two moderators to run it and may be
translate the interface if it's not already done.

You can either reply here or directly to me, I'll coordinate with Florian.

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Sujet: [libreoffice-projects] update on AskBot
Date : Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:53:16 +0100
De : Florian Effenberger <>
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I finally found time to talk to Evgeny about our AskBot instance. I
worked myself through the BugZilla entries (and commented on a few ;-),
and compiled a list of all open tasks and issues I am aware of.

I think there has been quite some communication problem in the past -
looking at the requests, there have been some that are clearly out of
scope of a regular service contract, as they were asking for heavy
rewriting or feature implementation of AskBot itself.

Other tasks, however, are clearly bugs that need fixing. As usual, many
people yelling at the same time in parallel doesn't make things better
and as we have seen, utterly delays the real important tasks. :-)

I have now sent Evgeny a list of all these tasks, with my estimation on
what is a bug and what is a feature. He will review it by next week, let
me know if he shares my view :) and makes a proposal on a service
contract including maintenance and bugfixing, plus his hourly rate for
feature implementation should we desperately need some of these soon.

As with regards to other languages, I now learned that the ease of
setting those up depends of the support of the SOLR search engine. Some
languages are easier, others not. I will send Evgeny a list of languages
required, and he will let me know what works quite easy and what not - I
asked to, even if some functionality is missing, roll out as many as
possible soon, to finally make people happy. The list I currently have is:

- Spanish
- Arabic
- Croatian
- Japanese
- German

Are there more languages where we have people willing to moderate (and
if necessary translate the interface), so I can put it on the list?

One last comment: Given the amount of (unsuccessful) communication in
the past, please poke *ME* or this website list for requests, so I can
coordinate. Everyone sending Evgeny their wishes is not the most
fruitful option available. ;-)

Thanks, and sorry again for those delays,

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