[kde-promo] Re: Re: WSJ Strikeout and TypeHeads [LONG]
pour at mieterra.com
Fri Apr 11 07:40:10 BST 2003
Neil Stevens wrote:
> > Why did you put big story in quotes? The story was on the front page
> > of the Technology section and was entitled "Ten Technologies You Need
> > to Know About Now." Irregardless of the reporter's skill, I consider
> > this a big scoop for free software.
> I put it in quotes becuase it's one non-technical newspaper in one country.
> If your goal is to increase active participation and contribution to KDE,
> articles like that aren't going to get you much. You need to get the
> attention of and sway the decision makers, not the general public.
Wall Street Journal != General Public
Wall Street Journal ~= Decision Makers
[ ... ]
> Think of resume padders. That's the only conceivable reason I can think
> that anyone would jump through hoops for a trumped-up title with
> trumped-up duties. It's hard enough finding people to take *real*
> positions, like release coordinator, translator, or application
Resume-padders are a big motivator though - otherwise we would all be spared
bands at halftime ;-).
Actually I think more useful then titles as such would be some qualification
test. Then you can say "I passed the KDE test", and that could serve also as a
resume stuffer. It removes the problem of having people speak on behalf of KDE,
and puts them squarely in the camp of being at some level competent to talk
[ ... ]
> > I meant a wake up call to look at how promo is done and to discuss
> > alternatives.
> Alternatives to what, exactly? I don't see much evidence of promotion*. We
> work on improving KDE, GNOME improves on promoting GNOME. Which desktop
> is better? :-)
> * Some promotion may have been stalled because people waited for the KDE
> League to do anything, and things might not get going well until the KDE
> League gets killed and buried. But that's another matter.
I suggest you spend more time worrying about kde multimedia, that actually hurts
KDE at the moment ;-).
[ ... ]
> > Not wasted for me. I don't have enough time to dig into coding KDE
> > right now, so this is an area I can contribute to. My impression of
> > promo work is that it is a slower pace, but requires persistence and
> > long-term committement.
> Well, I'd rather you worked on promoting KDE than creating big brother
Let's not dilute the meaning of this term, OK :-) ? There are extremely serious
issues involving this going on right now, and what he is proposing has
absolutely nothing to do with those.
[ ... ]
> > Again, I don't see the conflict between grass-roots community-based
> > organizations and defining some structure. Done properly, it would
> > build community.
> Again, what is the *benefit* of the structure? What do we gain from
> excluding people?
A big problem with volunteers, from my experience, it that you can spend quite a
bit of time working with them and at the end the only thing that has happened is
that I have wasted my time. Some "hurdle" to prove that the person is not just
in a "feel-good-moment" is definitely important.
Having to study and pass a test IMHO would probably be a good mechanism to weed
out the ones with serious (i.e., willing to do work) interest. That, after all,
is pretty much the point of college ;-).
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