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Odoo Community News and Ideas



I'd like to thank everyone who participated to the Odoo Open Days a
few weeks ago. The event was great and it was a pleasure to meet you
there, to share knowledge and to learn from what people are doing with

The quality of the Odoo community is incredible and the Open Days
perfectly reflected this.

You can find photos, statistics, videos and slides of the Open Days
2014 here:https://www.odoo.com/event/OpenDays-2014-5/page/website_event.Introduction-OpenDays

You can get statistics about the event

As said above, the community is one of the biggest strength of Odoo.

Here are a few news and ideas on how we can improve collaboration in
the future with the community:
**Community Q&A**

When we launched the new Odoo.com website, we replaced our Q&A website
(based on Askbot, Drupal) with a new Odoo module. Since this launch,
the community forum's activity increased by 35% with 2.183 posts in
june, compared to an average of 1.618 posts per month over the past 3

But the most interesting part is that the growth is thanks to an
increase of the number of answers, not the number of questions. In

2014, more answers have been posted than questions. (1.213 answers for
970 questions.)

15.294 questions were asked over the past 16 months and 60% of these
questions have an answer. 970 questions were asked in june 2014 and
890 of them have at least one answer. This gives us a 92% answer rate
in june, a huge improvement compared to previous months! We can expect
the forum to stick to a 85% answer rate in the future.

On top of this, the Odoo Q&A application has been improved and new
features will appear at the next SaaS upgrade. We have added some new
features, such as: convert an answer to a comment, convert a comment
to an answer, better karma handling, etc.
**Functional Documentation: How-Tos**

We started a new functional documentation for version 8. Over the past
month, we already wrote 70 how-tos. You can have a look at the new
functional documentation here:
  - https://www.odoo.com/forum/how-to

We also worked on a collaborative process allowing everyone to
contribute to the official documentation. The documentation is built
on top of the best Questions in the Q&A, allowing everyone to
contribute by creating or modifying questions. (you need to have a
karma above 200)

Then, our documentation team follows an editorial process to improve
the content. You can get more information about this new community
flow here:
  - http://www.slideshare.net/openobject/odoo-presentation-documentation-v8

**We need your feedback**

In addition to our efforts to improve the "How-tos", we are also
thinking about integrating a deployment guide in the application.

This will answer the "What to do", not the "How to do". Every
application will have its own guide to help new users understand what
to do. Here is the initial draft mockup for the CRM application. It
describes what to do to improve sales efficiency:
  - http://qf6iua.axshare.com/sales_planner_v2.html

Please take a few minutes to review this mockup and send your feedback
to Lionel, one of our usability experts: lie@xxxxxxxx

Every feedback is important:
 - Wording/copywriting improvements
 - Will it help new users to understand how to deploy a CRM?
 - Is it clear enough? Would you use it for your customes?

Note: Some "Contact us" boxes only appear if the customer have the
24/24 support option as a part of his Odoo Enterprise contract. (like
SaaS customers)
**Community Mailing Lists**

Since we move all development efforts from Launchpad to Github, we
will also stop using Launchpad's mailing lists. These will be replaced
by the mailing list app of Odoo. As we will not import community
members automatically, we suggest you to subscribe to these lists if
you want to stay in the community mailing lists.
  - https://www.odoo.com/page/odoo-community
**Pull Requests**

For 2 months, we managed to process 100% of the pull requests on
master. This was probably the biggest demand from the community. Now,
pull requests are under control, no starvation anymore. All your
contributions will be processed quickly. The move to github and the
reinforcement of our R&D team helped a lot. Runbot has also been
improved to test pull requests automatically and mark them green or
red on github. This speeds up the review process a lot.

In terms of numbers, since we moved to Github (one month ago), we
received 333 pull requests from the community and we already closed
298 of them (89%). In total, including our own R&D teams, 513 pull
requests have been done and 423 of these have been closed. (82%). From
the 35 pull requests in progress: 14 have less than a week, 13 are
under discussions and 6 are in progress.

You can find more information in the github wiki, with the direct
links to the pull requests to process:

  - https://github.com/odoo/odoo/wiki

**Improve Community Collaboration**

After several discussions with community members during the Open Days
and the OCA members, we decided that we will organize code sprints
with the community. We will announce the first code sprints in a few

They will be dedicated to reports and accounting.

Over the next 3 months, we will also create three crowd funding
campaigns like the POS one. The campains will be on accounting, MRP
and Themes for the CMS.
**Translation of the Website**

With the Gengo integration of the new Odoo CMS, websites can be
translated automaticaly by professional translators. We launched
theprocess to translate the official Odoo website to
French:https://www.odoo.com/fr_FR . In a few days, we will translate
website to Spanish, Dutch and German. Any feedback on the quality of
the translation is welcome!

*New features and V8*

We have a lot of news to share with you, but future announcements will
be done on the new community mailing lists. You can subscribe here:

 - https://www.odoo.com/page/odoo-community

Next week, we will keep you informed about the new features that have
been developed over the past 4 weeks and about the version 8 release.

For those that are following me on twitter, please note that my
twitter account has changed. It's @fpodoo and not @fpopenerp anymore.
The official Odoo account is @odooapps.


Fabien Pinckaers
Odoo Founder

Phone: +
Web: https://www.odoo.com
Twitter: @fpodoo

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