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Re: Webplatform dead?

From: abhimanyu0003 <abhimanyu@japanaddicts.org>
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:56:16 +0530
To: <public-webplatform@w3.org>
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I recommended months ago of having a solid third-party, somewhat clutter-ish and compromised portal: an open Facebook group.

I love the WPD and it'll one of the best technical projects in the future, but my other priorities are so easy to get my hands into, while contributing and discussing WPD work is non-modern.

An open Facebook group will mean our attention being diverted to WPD more frequently and have much more members (an open group is seen by friends ofall members, thus increasing our visibility and getting more enthusiastic contributors).


---- On Sun, 12 Apr 2015 04:19:12 +0530 aaa@bzfx.net wrote ---- 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.
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 other documentation venues.To me, this is really sad.
Perhaps you can do something about it?

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.



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

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