"Automatic Info Reporting" BoF summary

Thomas L├╝bking thomas.luebking at gmail.com
Sat Sep 27 23:22:43 BST 2014


On Samstag, 27. September 2014 23:21:52 CEST, Mario Fux wrote:

> Morning Thomas
It's midnight here around ;-)

> That's the pessimistic view. I (and yes, my personal opinion 
> ;-) only want the 
> email address of the people that are interested in what we're 
> doing and about 
> news of the software they use.

I don't question the offer to send out status mails to users, but I worry about how to ask for this.
Opt-in (as Albert suggested) is totally fine, but if you're asking for a mail address in an "aggressive" manner, that has a large potential to scare useres off. ("datamining", our audience is unlikely the "hello kitty, i click everything" fraction)

Maybe just a matter of how you ask, but the user certainly should have the chance to skip for now and opt-in later.
If "give us your email" had been my first contact with KDE, i'd probably be using E19 right now.

> I think I wrote above why I think the dot is not the best thing for some of 
> our users.

Sure. The point was rather about push ./. (anonymous) pull, not the actual content source.

Cheers,
Thomas




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