On Nov 5, 2010, at 12:32 PM, Marc Paré wrote:
On Fri, 2010-11-05 at 13:34 +0930, Michael Wheatland wrote:
The Ubuntu Community has suggested what is called a 'We Menu' which
adds a community aspect to the OS.
Might be an idea for LibreOffice?
I agree there is good, possibly, stuff- for a good part of this week,
when I had time, I've been crawling all over the Ubuntu sites ( on the
IRC channel and Mailing list) talking to folks and reading about how
they handle team building / support / reporting.
There is some great stuff there - to be honest I doubt we will find much
interest here in TDF - but I'll be trying over the next couple of days.
I like this very much. This ties the app into the web in useful, community ways, and shows off
the strength of our online community, if we do it well. It can help new users find "coaches" to
help them learn how best to use LibO, and it can help experienced users too.
Almost two years ago, I created a proposal for the OOo Start Center that included community
features like this in the start splash screen. (I called it the Dashboard and documented the
idea here: http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/OpenOffice.org_Dashboard_Concept )
Nice work! I like this. As you say in your "Web Integration" section, the more active user become
the more they will stick with OOo/LibO. Allowing our user base to join in one way or another
gives them a sense of belonging. As to our TDF/LibO members, these people are here to make a
difference in either participating actively or making sure their voice is here. We really
caretakers of two groups: LibO users at large (through our user help tools) and our TDF/LibO
members. In either case, Ben's "Dashboard" idea or the Ubuntu "WeMenu" are looking at addressing
Community participation is an even stronger incentive to continue using LibO than are the old
proprietary tricks of "lock-in" via obfuscated file formats. And, community participation achieves
this in a way that is positive to users, instead of antagonistic. We can--and should--develop
specific tools that help encourage community participation for both end-users and project
volunteers over time.
I think that we should look a little more closely at Ben's "Dashboard" proposal as well as the
"WeMenu" as they seem to be at, pretty well, the same point of development.
I guess if Ben is still interested in continuing developing the "Dashboard" proposal.
I am. It's due for an update, and I'd like to keep working on it with this community's
It's also worth considering how this approach can help us compete with online office suites. By
incorporating some online tools into LibO, we blunt their appeal!
E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on how to unsubscribe
List archives are available at http://www.libreoffice.org/lists/website/
All messages you send to this list will be publicly archived and cannot be deleted
Impressum (Legal Info)
: Unless otherwise specified, all text and images
on this website are licensed under the
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License
This does not include the source code of LibreOffice, which is
licensed under the Mozilla Public License (MPLv2
"LibreOffice" and "The Document Foundation" are
registered trademarks of their corresponding registered owners or are
in actual use as trademarks in one or more countries. Their respective
logos and icons are also subject to international copyright laws. Use
thereof is explained in our trademark policy