[Members] External Openness and Donation Campaign
jehan at zemarmot.net
jehan at zemarmot.net
Tue Oct 5 12:36:36 CST 2010
I have just raised this idea on the members list and as I was clicking
"send", I thought it would be worth an email on its own (it started in
the new website thread).
Basically I think, from what I saw around me, that people (I mean
people at least a little technology-aware, though not necessarily
especially technical-specialists) are interested about XMPP. They just
don't know what happens, don't know who makes it (XSF who?), or when
they know, not much information actually pass to them through our
communication media. Indeed our communication is pretty obscure... when
it even exists (I was reading the last posts on our news feed, trying
to think as a guy who is not Internet-Standards-making knowledgeable.
And really I think that this guy would understand nearly nothing of
what happens here. Not that we should stop having technical or
"internal" news but that we should also sometimes think a little
Moreover I am sure (but it is only personal belief, not scientific
truth) that many people would be happy to help the XSF if they were
more aware of how we work, what we do, and also if we had a more open
I raised the issue of the current complicated donation procedure on
the previous said thread, and it will be solved soon. Plus, clearly the
XSF logistics has been improving a lot lately. This is the feeling I
- We have a new website, so much nicer.
- We definitely have better website maintenance, more organized.
- We have a brand new XMPP service (jabber.org) which I believe is
also going into improvement (even though the start is always difficult,
but which migration isn't?).
- We began better communication (even though still very imperfect, as
I said), among other things with the roundup, but also with the new
website which makes news in a better seen place, etc.
- The sponsor procedure seems to improve, as far as I understood from
what have been told to me.
- We began to organize in working groups for the various "stuffs to be
done" (sorry I am in none, but I also believe that even though groups
are a good thing, individual and random spec reviews — as I do — are
also useful. Hope you think so at least :p).
And so on. And we can do even better.
[a copy with improvement of the text I wrote on my previous email:]
We are maybe not Wikipedia, still many people follows (as far as
we let the information clear and through for the common visitors) what
happens around XMPP and I am sure individuals would donate if we
the right way.
So I propose this: what do you think about launching a donation
campaign (the first that the XSF would ever have had, as far as I
once the last details of the new website will be fully fixed? And also
after the elections of the new board/council.
We could prepare a "press release" to advertise the new website, and
using this renewal as an excuse for a donation campaign. Then we could
try to spread this press release all over the technology (and related
topics) websites (in different translations to touch communities all
over the world as we have people from so many countries in the XSF to
help translate. I could for my own help with French, and on a smaller
for the Japanese translations because I don't know if we have many
Japanese speaking people. I could also easily find help for a Korean
I think this would be worth to be done. We have nothing to lose and it
would be nice for future XSF events (even though I might not be
able to come, I will be happy if it does work!) if it has a nice
Currently we are funded nearly only on corporate sponsoring but
corporate donations and individual donations can live together.
What does everybody think of this?
P.S.: of course, as I propose this, I will help in such a project if
it is to be done. Especially that I might settle a little soon, so I
can give more time to the XSF.
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