[OSGeo-Discuss] 5 Star OSGeo project maturity rating
Michael P. Gerlek
mpg at lizardtech.com
Mon Jun 7 12:30:49 EDT 2010
[foolishly stepping in where I should fear to tread...]
This has been asked for before, but historically some projects have not step up to the plate for providing such materials - for a variety of reasons, some good and some not so good.
OSGeo should simply put a link to the project's "marketing" section, and if the project owners provide content on the other end, then good - if not, then so be it.
I'm all about providing quality user experiences, but anything more than that is likely not worth the effort required. Our users are, for the most part, a very savvy and discriminating bunch. And for apps that are explicitly targeting users outside of the normal open source types, it should be up to them to provide the "marketing" materials they deem appropriate.
From: discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Bob Basques
Sent: Monday, June 07, 2010 9:24 AM
To: OSGeo Discussions
Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] 5 Star OSGeo project maturity rating
Did anyone else hear that thunder in the distance? :c)
That's what I've been trying to say, let the projects handle this sort of thing themselves, but OSGEO CAN (and SHOULD in my mind) coordinate a standardized look and feel to such things.
>>> Howard Butler <hobu.inc at gmail.com> wrote:
On Jun 7, 2010, at 11:03 AM, Bob Basques wrote:
> Wouldn't it seem prudent to classify the projects before trying to compare them?
/me screams into a room that no one can hear. Stop it!
This whole exercise is quite frankly, masturbatory, and does nothing to help the projects who would be rated, provides very little to those "users" of said ratings, and calls into question our credibility by having the arrogance to rate *our own* projects in any way. OSGeo is doing enough by providing visibility for the projects, and it is up to them to pull them in as users with the quality of their software, the quality of their documentation, and the quality of their community. A silly sticker by us or anyone else isn't going to sway that process in any way.
It would be more valuable to collate a series of "elevator pitch"-type material from each project who wishes to participate to make their case to the envisioned users of this rating. Projects who do not participate in this for whatever reason implicitly make a statement about their quality. That's going to be far more useful to both the projects and the users than an elongating graphic.
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