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Re: blog.debian.org: a merger of various blog-ish resources

Hi Zack.

Il 19/07/2010 15:24, Stefano Zacchiroli ha scritto:
> Dear marketing / publicity / press / ...,
>   I can't find any past discussion on the subject of having blog.d.o, so
> I'm looking forward to your opinions on the matter.
> I think we should have an official Debian blog, to complement the
> wonderful job currently done by the press team with official press
> releases. The two are not overlapping as it is well-known that the
> communication registry of blogs and of press releases is significantly
> different; we are good at the latter, but we completely lack the former.

The only way I can see a blog for Debian would be something similar to
what now is Planet Debian. Other than being more centralized, what would
be the difference?

To explain my question, let's make it a bit more general: we have many
communication media within Debian; some of them are working well, some
other not so well. Anyway, the real quality in communication is not when
you receive lots of news neither when you receive only really important
news: is when you just receive the news you're interested into, nothing
more, nothing less, and you receive each new just once.

Then, I think it should be more clear where should I subscribe to get
the sort of news I'm interested into. If there is a news category for
which no media has room, this is a problem. But it is a problem also if
two or more different media broadcast the same sorts of news, because
sometimes news go on one, sometime on another, sometimes on more than
one (annoying). This is inconsistent.

This raise my question about having a centralized blog or a planet: what
should go on the first and what on the second? Of course, the same
question could be also asked for other things: for example, I think that
our site isn't very clear about the difference between DPN and other
news (and, probably, we too have no precise idea of criteria to choose
whether something needs to go here or there, correct me if I'm wrong).

The idea of aggregating what we already have is good for me (it's a
completely waste of effort that people work on many projects, but no one
follows them simply because many don't know of their existence). But I
think we could gain even better results if we tried to make a mapping
between categories of communication and media (and, of course, make the
public aware of such mapping).

Ciao, Giovanni.
Giovanni Mascellani <mascellani@poisson.phc.unipi.it>
Pisa, Italy

Web: http://poisson.phc.unipi.it/~mascellani
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