[kwlug-disc] why not pick a kwlug project for the web site?

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Wed Dec 30 12:52:27 EST 2009


To the best of my knowledge, each member is able to post whatever info 
about themselves they wish. There are no restrictions, and no 
requirements. kwlug.org itself does nothing with it.

A few years back I brought my camcorder one night and set up a 'booth' 
for attendees to take their own headshot. I then copied the photos off 
the camera and sent them to each individual. The idea being they could 
then use the resulting digital photo for their kwlug.org profile 
picture. Perhaps a dozen people got pictures. Fewer, if any, actually 
used the shot for their profile. FWIW.

Perhaps members could, if they're so inclined, at least put links to 
other sites if they have more profile info there. Things like 
facebook, however, are irritating - one must be a member to get to the 
link sometimes.

Joe Wennechuk wrote, On 12/30/2009 11:06 AM:
> I guess one thing I would like to see on the site is more comprehensive 
> info about my fellow members. I don't know all of the issues about 
> privacy and what info should be posted, but I would like to see more 
> about skills, interests, maybe a picture? I guess maybe I could leave it 
> up to myspace and facebook; but, I don't use these sites and won't. I do 
> use linkdin, but ...
> 
> That's what I think anyhow.
> 
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> Joseph Wennechuk
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>  > Date: Sun, 27 Dec 2009 17:19:04 -0500
>  > From: unsolicited at swiz.ca
>  > To: kwlug-disc at kwlug.org
>  > Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] why not pick a kwlug project for the web site?
>  >
>  > Robert P. J. Day wrote, On 12/27/2009 3:21 AM:
>  > > here's one that i think would have some value -- recommended open
>  > > source alternatives to standard MS apps. i've seen a number of those
>  > > lists over the years, and most of them suffer from a couple major
>  > > flaws:
>  > >
>  > > * out-of-date
>  > >
>  > > * trying to list every possible alternative to a windows app, as
>  > > opposed to just the one or two that are worth knowing
>  > >
>  > > a web page like that would be trivially easy to start -- for IE,
>  > > there's firefox. for MS office, there's openoffice. those are the
>  > > no-brainers. but keep going. i think a list like that that's kept
>  > > current would have *immense* value, and would quickly attract a
>  > > readership from all over.
>  > >
>  > > thoughts? surely there's enough brainpower in the LUG for a project
>  > > like that.
>  >
>  > Agreed, but, there are too many similar lists out there to be worth
>  > duplicating. I do agree kwlug.org pointing to a favourite one would be
>  > a useful link to have present. Perhaps under a 'kwlug Favourite
>  > Resource Links - Migrating' page.
>  >
>  > I don't disagree with your premises. However, there is far more out
>  > there, I think, than we can cover. Yes, we are a rich and diverse
>  > group, but I doubt we cover every possible category out there with
>  > personal favourites. If the solution seeker can not find the sum total
>  > of such recommendations in one spot, then we are contributing to the
>  > issues you mention, not solving them. Anybody here really know ERP?
>  > CAD? Numismatics? SAP? Actuary/Statistical?
>  >
>  > Is there not a principle of fixing what's out there (contributing to
>  > maintenance, updating, etc.) rather than forking or reinventing the 
> wheel?
>  >
>  > Listing every possible alternative is, to me, a feature. It let's me
>  > cross reference something I'm familiar with back to the best of breed
>  > Linux / FOSS alternative. Rather than just a category, e.g. Internet
>  > Browser. As soon as you get into e-mail / contact management / sales
>  > management / customer resource management / enterprise resource
>  > management / PIM, all categories get really fuzzy. For example, most,
>  > I believe, outlook users only use it for e-mail, ignoring the task
>  > management and calendar aspects. If you're in an enterprise, you get
>  > into shared calendars, public folders, and other groupware. It gets
>  > really iffy as to where you should (not) cross-reference something.
>  > So, if a user can think about how they use outlook, and outlook is
>  > referenced multiple times, they can narrow down on a suitable
>  > alternative, for them, more easily.
>  >
>  >
>  > I take your beginning point - you would like to drive traffic to
>  > kwlug.org. You would like it to provide a service to the community -
>  > be it internet, local K-W, or any other tag someone comes up with.
>  >
>  > Perhaps we can start with a premise / question: What is unique, or can
>  > kwlug uniquely do?
>  >
>  > At the least, be a hub of Linux/FOSS info. in the k-w community, with
>  > an emphasis on common usage in the area. e.g. Links to Russian or
>  > French translations of local k-w community historic site plaques would
>  > be out, as I expect we don't have too significant a Russian or French
>  > population here.
>  >
>  > Oktoberfest is obvious, but is probably much better done elsewhere on
>  > the web. We're the RIM/Blackberry center of the world, but again,
>  > probably much better done elsewhere. UofW, Laurier, Conestoga, would
>  > seem to be similar.
>  >
>  > - a pointer to Linux Blackberry <whatever that was> makes eminent
>  > sense, coming from our own area / kwlug members.
>  > - a pointer to the Linux / Working Centre services / facilities makes
>  > sense.
>  > - local Linux/FOSS shops / consultants / etc. makes sense.
>  > - friends of kwlug page? e.g. site sponsors?
>  > - kwlug is friends with page? e.g. onlinux?
>  > - given your windows -> FOSS premise, what FOSS resources are in the
>  > K-W area that Windows users can take advantage of?
>  >
>  > Who can we be a resource for?
>  >
>  > What traffic do we want to drive to us?
>  >
>  >
>  > Anyone notice there is no kwlug page on wikipedia?
>  >
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