Subject: Re: Community Issues ** LONG **
To: Michael Graff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Herb Peyerl <email@example.com>
Date: 02/22/1999 07:32:30
Michael Graff <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Matthew Jacob <email@example.com> writes:
> > In my opinion Herb has shown some of these skills.
> Agreed. Herb has done a good job in what has happened, but it would
> be nice to see far more work done there. I suspect it is a matter of
> time constraints, which everyone can understand.
[conspicuously leaving those two comments visible. :-) ]
Thanx guys. Since this directly addresses me I'm going to answer it
in these forums even if I don't think it's wholly appropriate.
But you've basically pinned it on the nose. I have no special training
in the PR area (other than having dated a PR person for a year) so I've
basically sort of been doing what I think seems logical but there's so
much left to improve. It really is a time issue with me. I've had some
help from a few others with things and frankly, David Brownlee is a huge
asset for "just taking care of" making the website an active thing.
Things we do regularly or things we have done:
- whenever we add a new port or significant feature, send a
press-release to -announce, slashdot.org and freshmeat
- coordinate some talks and conferences
- New Orleans
- O'Reilly Opensource day
- setup -advocacy list
- coordinate with some potential t-shirt folks
- make sure communications with 'core' get answered and dealt with.
- setup a "NetBSD in the news" section on the www site and collect
occurences of NetBSD appearing in magazines and trade-rags.
- archive NetBSD devotionalia whenever possible
- find www sites where FreeBSD/Linux are mentioned and try to get
NetBSD mentioned as well.
- increase presence in rc5 contest on distributed.net.
(from 64th place to 31st place in 5 months)
- coordinate interviews with magazines
Things that need to be done:
- actively produce material for Daemonnews
- contact mags/trade-rags and make them aware of our presence.
- pro-actively submit articles in various trade-rags.
- more evangelizing
- get commercial/3rd party vendors to do more advertising for us.
- make more devotionalia
- more wandering the net and getting NetBSD mentioned where FreeBSD
and Linux are.
- More press-releases
- coordinate install parties.
- New logo/typeface and graphics
This needs volunteers who will actually stick with it, be dedicated, and
form a real PR department. I'm about sucked-dry as it is.