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Re: Webplatform dead?

From: Austin William Wright <aaa@bzfx.net>
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2015 15:49:12 -0700
Message-ID: <CANkuk-W-ENdC09e1TiyH9tXs0x47sQoA2U2HQ9vJH6=GyT+HRA@mail.gmail.com>
To: PhistucK <phistuck@gmail.com>
Cc: Jonathan Garbee <jonathan@garbee.me>, "public-webplatform@w3.org" <public-webplatform@w3.org>
Have we reached out to see how we can be more accommodating?i

I'd much prefer not using a vendor-specific, or even vendor-controlled,
source.

Austin.

On Sat, Apr 11, 2015 at 1:46 AM, PhistucK <phistuck@gmail.com> wrote:

> While it is not dead, some vendors (or a single vendor?) are instructing
> their members to prefer
> <https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/d/msg/blink-dev/RNk93vpOaV8/2_hw97dJ0NQJ>
>  other
> <https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/d/msg/blink-dev/RNk93vpOaV8/fhNVU0s8DCQJ>
> documentation venues.
> To me, this is really sad.
>
> Perhaps you can do something about it?
>
>
> ☆*PhistucK*
>
> On Sat, Apr 11, 2015 at 2:28 AM, Jonathan Garbee <jonathan@garbee.me>
> wrote:
>
>> These kinds of projects also don't just get a jump start then take off
>> and keep going. Initial interest happens, all the people who are just
>> interested head out, then you are left with a far smaller group of core
>> contributors. Then over time that core group even changes as life happens
>> and new shiny things come along. (Try to recall the often provided
>> bell-curve of tech adoption, then make the curve narrower and far more
>> dramatic. Then toss a few more curves in over time.)
>>
>> Documentation projects in particular have one major flaw, people don't
>> feel it is worth their time to contribute. They are paid to do write code
>> that functions and move on to the next thing. So taking time out to
>> contribute to a document is hardly on their mind. WPD is in a very
>> slow-pace area and we want contributors that really care about the quality
>> of their work. That quality comes at the cost of things moving even slower.
>>
>> Things aren't dead, they are just stagnant. As WPD offers wider community
>> engagement then hopefully we can collect a few more core contributors that
>> will make things not seem so slow. I'd much rather have a handful of core
>> contributors that do true quality work then an army of low-quality
>> contributions that makes things seem more active. The content provided is
>> far more useful in the end that way.
>>
>> On Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 7:10 PM, Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org> wrote:
>>
>>> Yes, Austin has been a really prolific contributor (thanks!), and we
>>> also have Nishanth Babu adding beginner DOM tutorials, among many other
>>> contributors and content.
>>>
>>> We've actually concentrated quite a lot on infrastructure over the last
>>> few months; Renoir has done a great job.
>>>
>>> We're even adding over some new functionality, like
>>> specs.webplatform.org that hosts more experimental specifications, and
>>> adding a technical discussion area where developers and designers can ask
>>> questions about spec development. Our emphasis is on closing the gap
>>> between standards development and developers.
>>>
>>> Regards–
>>> –Doug
>>>
>>> On 4/10/15 6:31 PM, Austin William Wright wrote:
>>>
>>>> Slow maybe, not dead. Over the last month I've touched almost all the
>>>> HTML element pages, merging duplicates, adding examples, correcting
>>>> normative references, and importing data.
>>>>
>>>> I also noticed a great TLS/HTTPS upgrade, and MediaWiki upgrade, iirc.
>>>> So even the server is getting love, it's not just me.
>>>>
>>>> Austin Wright.
>>>>
>>>> On Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 1:15 PM, Ric Johnson <ric@opendomain.org
>>>> <mailto:ric@opendomain.org>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>     Is the WebPlatform project dead?  I have not seen any progress in
>>>>     quite a while.
>>>>
>>>>     I thought this was an amazing chance to help new developers learn
>>>>     web technologies, but it seems that we have dropped the ball.
>>>>
>>>>     Is there anyone interested in kicking this project back on gear?
>>>>
>>>>     Ric Johnson
>>>>     OpenDomain
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>
>
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