Howdy, Simon Taylor wrote:
Howdy, My "activity update" posts haven't actually been abandoned, despite how it looks. I'm currently working on a summary of the last 3 months (600 emails read, over 7000 to go...) Once that's done I'm going to move my list email address to an IMAP server so I can get the mails at work and home, so I can keep track of things as they happen. The kind of audience that I was aiming my update posts at were those on the fringes of the community, who want a feel for what is happening without having to subscribe to all the relevant feeds/lists.
Waldemar can confirm, but I think the annotated feed actually aims at exactly the same target audience. :)
I think the best way of doing this is an edited handwritten summary, so people can check the website and get a feel for what's been going on recently. Your "annotated commits" approach is an interesting one but is maybe aimed at a different audience - those who want more frequent, yet more readable updates on progress.
In my experience, one-man efforts (such as this one to provide handwritten reports) are very difficult to sustain over a long period of time. After a while, it becomes hard to keep up, so what starts as a by-weekly report becomes monthly and then quarterly... The problem with this approach is that as the reports become more spread apart, the information becomes old and therefore less newsworthy.
Looking at the sample feed that Waldemar provided here (please, do take a look)...
I think the collaboration aspect of Waldemar's proposal is also very important. We are a very generous community and thus good at contributing (as recently proven by the HCD08 donatio drive). But IMO we lack a bit in the collaboration department (myself included, btw). Waldemar has come up with good way to participate and collaborate; let's try to give it a shot. :)
To do my own little part, I am looking into the possible means of publishing the feed entries on the website in such a way that anyone can comment on them (just like as if they were blog or forum posts). I don't know if it's possible yet, but if it is, then this will promote even more participation, specifically from the (target) audience of the pushed information.
In summary, I think the annotated feed is a great idea, and I really hope that we can find people willing to collaborate to make it happen.