[Web Comm] greetings (and other stuff)
tylermitchell at shaw.ca
Mon Mar 6 09:46:15 EST 2006
On Monday 06 March 2006 00:11, Jason Birch wrote:
> Jody, I saw your IRC comment; I'm a bit lost too ;) I keep sending emails
> and doing stuff without feedback. I'm just waiting for a brick to land on
> my head. If that happens, I'm going to blame Frank for his infectious
> impatience :)
I'm happy with the changes you've been proposing/implementing. It's the kind
of tender loving care the site needs, so keep it up.
> Working within the CN framework takes a bit of getting used to. It picks
> up html pages and parses them into the centre of the layout. I need to set
> up something locally so that I have a better idea of what it's going to
> look like before I commit.
I'm still not up to speed on how things are laid out, and I've barely ever
used SVN, but your diagrams are helping.
> Something I have been thinking about is how the site should be focussed.
> The About the Foundation page is pretty structured and boring. This is OK
> (it's a foundation) but I think that we need to look at what the purpose of
> the site is. Apart from being a portal to the projects, we also need to
> get our visitors excited about open source geospatial tools. Some things
> that I think could help with this would be some nice colourful screenshots,
> "success stories", blurbs on each of the associated projects, maybe some
> "up close and personal with" type bio info on the board members...
I envision tackling this through a newsletter that highlights the same things.
We could then take parts of the newsletter and use them as interesting
content in the portal. Great ideas.
> I was thinking that we would wait for the logo contest before moving ahead
> with design though, so we could build the site identity around the logo.
> We will need to activate a discuss list for this, and put together some web
> space where we can mock up various layouts.
I agree with waiting until we at least start getting some graphic brand
connection developed through a logo. But certainly we can do with some more
attention to styling. I'm sure Fred is just itching to do more ;)
> I know that this is a new group, and if anyone has taken offence I
> apologize for charging ahead. I can feel the pressure building behind us
> though. We are responsible for what is currently the most visible part of
> the foundation, and lots of stuff needs to be communicated.
The most important thing is that you have had the time to do some important
improvements - thank you. I regret not having the time I need to really
contribute so far in the group.
Speaking of contributing, I see Claude is requesting to join the committee.
Did everyone else see the 'New role request' from him to be a Project
Contributor? I am in favour of adding him - another body with some time
available to assist would be valuable.
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