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Re: Debian WWW CVS commit by joy: webwml/english/CD/vendors adding-form.wml

Hi Josip,

I think the CD vendor form is a nice idea, thanks for your work!

Some suggestions:

* Maybe add a short note which says that the mail address will be made 
public on www.d.o. This may be obvious from looking at the vendor page, but 
some people are still surprised by the amount of spam they get once their 
address is on our site. :)

* The comment field should have a note that comments should be written 
in English.

* I have been wondering for a while: Should we slowly move away from using 
"CD"? CDs will become obsolete sooner or later. Maybe talk about "media" 

* Your form does not make a distinction between CDs and DVDs. vendors.CD 
has a <cdtype> and <dvdtype> distinction, although it's not used much. But 
IMHO, not distinguishing between different media on our vendor page is 
fine! (Same goes for <VendorRelease>.)

* "Clear form" shouldn't be put in forms anymore, it was a mistake to ever 
include it in HTML. The danger of people clicking it accidentally is much 
higher than any use it may have.

On Sat, Apr 14, 2007 at 12:13:49AM +0200, Josip Rodin wrote:
> This should be functional now, I debugged the CGI script. It receives 
> input from the above web form, vets it a bit, and sends it in a more 
> structured format via e-mail.

BTW, it would be cool to have vendors.CD in a more structured format as 
well! Something similar to Mirrors.masterlist would be nice.

And the vendors page itself could also be made much more compact, e.g. a 
table with just one line per vendor. Currently, repeating all those long 
URLs in the text of the page bloats the layout. *sigh* It's one of those 
things I always wanted to do "when I have time". ;-/

> The generated mails are sent to cdvendors@d.o right now, which is 
> currently just webmaster@d.o, and that in turn currently expands to Craig 
> Small, Matt Kraai, Frank Lichtenfeld and me.
> I haven't been paying attention lately, but the CVS log of editors of the 
> vendors.CD file in 2006 and 2007 shows most activity from Richard 
> Atterer, Alexander Schmehl and David Moreno Garza; if any of you are 
> interested in this, please do let me know.

I'm interested! :)

However, actually I'm comfortable with the current state of things, i.e. 
sending "vendor applications" to debian-www.

Reason: Over time, some people lose interest in tasks like this, and others 
become interested. If only a "select club" of people receives new vendor 
applications, it is hard for someone new to pick up the work.

If the others don't mind the "CD vendor spam" too much, maybe we could keep 
using debian-www for this? (Or debian-cd, or another public mailing list.)



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