[jdev] Proposal : Community site
Bart van Bragt
jabber at vanbragt.com
Thu Sep 2 02:40:04 CDT 2004
Lucas Nussbaum wrote:
> I know some people already did parts of this. It would be great if all
> their work could be put together on the same website.
I've been planning this for, eehm, ages now :) The main problem has been
time and having too many other fun projects. That has improved a
(little) bit now. The plan is that I'm going to setup a site with a nice
CMS and then people can help me build that site by contributing
IMO we should start with information for Joe Average with some nice
pictures and a 'Get Jabbered in 3 easy steps' kind of thing. Besides
that we need some easy to understand documentation about Jabber, what is
Jabber, what is XMPP, why should I use Jabber and not MSN, what is a
transport, etc, etc, etc.
Part of this 3 steps thing would be choosing a Jabber server and
choosing a Jabber client so for that we'll need some kind of database
with servers/clients that includes information about stability,
userfriendlyness, completeness, etc and ideally it should include some
links to reviews and/or client documentation. Documentation for the
clients is something for the client authors (or their community) IMO.
Those developers are (at least in theory) better in keeping that
documentation up to date.
When the end user part is up to date we can start adding information for
developers. What is Jabber, what does it look like, where are the
standards, what is the JSF, how does filetransfer work, what JEPs do I
need, what libraries can I use, what existing projects need help, etc.
IMO the two biggest problems with Jabber are:
- It's _really_ hard for a new user to get started.
- There is (almost) no reason for Joe Average to switch to Jabber.
IMO we can at least fix point one with this community site. Point two is
a different matter and IMO all we need is a killer app :) That's another
Bart mantra: "Jabber needs web integration" :D
I've been working behind the scenes on this community site, there are
some hurdles to take before I can really get started but expect to see
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