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Re: Re-igniting the project


I have taken the time to write down some of my thoughts.


Maybe if anybody else has any it would be good to capture them also.

I will do my best to be at the meeting tomorrow.


On 7 August 2010 20:27, Josh Holland <jrh@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> [CCing BH directly to make sure it's nice and prominent in his inbox]
> Hi Manual-ers,
> I'm writing this email with not a little bit of concern. It's now the
> 7th of August, barely more than 2 months to the release of Ubuntu 10.10
> "Maverick Meerkat", and the project feels a bit dead.
> I'm not trying to pin the blame on anyone in particular, but I think the
> reasons for this are that certain people whose enthusiasm was the
> driving force behind the success of the Lucid edition seem to be
> spending more time writing controversial blog posts, and also the fact
> that we have not had a meeting in quite some time.
> Personally, I understand that I am poor at motivating myself to do
> stuff. What I think we need is a meeting ASAP to get things moving
> along. Unfortunately, I'm starting to come up to a pretty busy set of
> holidays with dubious internet access, so it is going to have to be
> *really* soon. I'm going away Monday evening, and will not be back until
> the weekend. It's then a pretty busy week including A level results (and
> associated celebrations/commiserations) on Thursday and a trip out with
> the Ubuntu UK folks on Saturday. Ideally, then, we could have the
> meeting at some point this Monday (the 9th). I'm free all day up to
> around 5.30 pm BST, so for now, I'm going to tentatively schedule the
> meeting for 1500 UTC in #ubuntu-manual. Please reply to this thread if
> that's unacceptable, but the important thing is to get the core team
> members there.
> The agenda will include:
>  * Whether to continue with Lucid edition 2 or move straight on to
>   Maverick
>  * Whether it is practical to continue to wait for the collaboration
>   meeting with the Docs/Learning team before writing more content
>  * Documenting the release process more publicly and in more depth
>  * Detailing the process for translations
> When the project was initially formed, a lot of the controversy was not
> only over whether we were filling a space that was already full, but
> whether we could keep our momentum up for future releases. It's a shame,
> but a lot of the prophecies are coming true. We need to get working hard
> now, or it could reflect badly on the whole team.
> --
> Josh Holland <jrh@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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