[openbeos] Re: BugZilla => Trac

  • From: "Jorge G. Mare (a.k.a. Koki)" <koki@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2006 16:07:16 -0700

Waldemar/Axel,

I will tell you what the problem with the new website is: the website is a HUGE part of marketing, and I do not like it. As it is now, it looks awful, it is disorganized, and it has no focus whatsoever. It is nothing more than a blog to wich Trac has been added.

From a marketing perspective, it is not better than the existing site (in several respects, it is a lot worse). Not that I do not appreciate the work, time and effort put into the new website, but this is a half baked cake that will give you an indigestion.

I also question that two people (that happen to be engineers) seem to have empowered themselves to make the decision to migrate the website, when that has such a big impact in marketing communications, an area that is not their competence.

I do not have a clue on things related to programming, so I acknowledge my lack of technical knowledge, and rely on and respect the good judgement of the Haiku developers when making decisions on technical stuff.

I do not expect you to understand marketing. But, as the marketing team lead, I would like some reciprocity from the devs when it comes to something that has an impact on marketing communications. This one has, and big time (even when you may think it does not).

If you think you know better, then you render the decision that the admins made to have a marcom team meaningless (I have no interest in being just a decoration).

I also question the lack of teamwork. The process in which the new website has been handled is typical of the lack of collaborative effort and coordination. It was full of unilateral decisions and actions (which showed slopiness), from the selection of the backend, to things like suddenly dropping some of the existing forums, then moving from Bugzilla to Trac after the fact (even when there were still problems), and now pretending that one person or two have the decision power to say when the website is ready for transition.

It looks to me like haiku-os.org has been turned into waldemar.org, and I don't like that, nor do I think it is good for Haiku if we want to work as a team.

Axel: that we are still in development is no justification for showing sloppiness. The website is a reflection of what we are doing, and we should strive to both look the best possible, and to use it smartly as a tool to reach our target audience; the new website does not accomplish either of this goals.

Anyway, what's the rush to migrate today no matter what? Why can't we wait a few more weeks until we get it right? We have waited 5 years for Haiku, and we cannot wait a little longer to get a website right?

Koki


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