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Hi Michael, :-)

On Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 23:48, Michael Meeks <> wrote:
Hi David,

On Fri, 2010-12-17 at 00:56 +0800, David Nelson wrote:
The content on those pages is out of date. We're nearly finished
preparing the new LibreOffice site now. You can view it at, and the downloads page there is up to
date. The documentfoundation page will need to be updated.

       Oh - cool :-) It looks really good. I love the auto-platform detection
for downloads, and that page, some comments:

       * I would move the download link to the top - and have the
         explanation below it - it takes time to read through that
         text; I can feel my eyes getting tired - and - really, the
         platform / language combination is -really- sweet and simple.
               + eg. the German tranlation (missing an s) ;-) seems
                 much crisper and prettier as of now.

You're the second person to comment about this - Stefan made similar
comments, too. I think the solution, therefore, will be to move the
detailed instructions to a sub-page that will be accessible from the
side menu (for inexperienced people), and just have a very brief text
on the actual download page. I'll deal with this.

               + it would be lovely to re-use the existing artwork
                 there, so - we would show (as well as a text link)
                 the download image:
                       + they are easy to get from this .zip:

       * I'd love to help out with that; how does one get involved with
         the silverstripe goodness ?

Christian already answered you about the artwork, but if you want to
help out with the content then you need to need to create an account
by going to, and then once you have
a user account, Christian or I will grant you the permissions for
working on the main site content.

       * The Features page is great - though, perhaps we need some
         images there too in time.

Yesterday I took fresh screenshots, and will be incorporating them
this weekend. So far, I focussed on written content, leaving
screenshots and graphic buttons to the end, but this is obviously also
an important aspect of an attractive, credible website.

               + Also, I suspect a common visitor flow would be to
                       "What is new in the latest version"
               + click that link, and not find what they want, so
                 perhaps some link to the release notes for the
                 latest version belongs near the top there (?)

I have the latest features ready and will be posting them today.

       * Get Involved
               + again - I would like the "how to become a developer"
                 very present, in front of people's eyes: not hidden
                 somewhere in plain-view, where you have to actively
                 look for it.
                       + ie. I want people to think: "oh ! perhaps I
                        could get involved - didn't think of that" as
                        they wander around the website: rather than
                        trying to catch only those people who went
                        looking for it. "We need you !" type stuff.
                       + we saw from the website analytics on our first
                         day, that most people only go one click away
                         from the 1st page - and increasingly few hit
                         sub-links / side-bars etc.
               + Ergo - more than one top-level tab away from the
                 front-page is not good.
                       + perhaps we could cure this by putting a lot of
                         challenge / developer content on the
                         front-page of "Get Involved"
                       + "We want to get developers involved"

I read you about that already on another thread. This page is getting
attention Saturday and is currently just at placeholder state. I am
already working incitements/links to get involved into content
wherever the opportunity arises. I'm very keen to hear suggestions
about this, with content snippets, too, if you want to suggest some.

       Otherwise, there is so much that is really positive here; really nice
work David (and co). I'm looking forward to the final result.

I had expected things to go faster, but it takes time to develop the
content. However, we're not far from completion now - 80% of the work
is done. Obviously, a lot of what's there is just an initial version
that we will work on further once the site is live.

The real emergency is to get the site live very quickly. We really
need the site to be totally ready for launch by Monday, because
Florian will need a lead time to do the switch over. I know he is
extremely busy.

If you'd like to help out then that will be great; we just have to
make sure that we communicate here in this thread, and that we
coordinate and don't waste work by doing things at cross purposes.

David Nelson

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