[Twisted-Python] Evangelism notes...
darran.edmundson at anu.edu.au
Wed May 4 18:04:38 EDT 2005
Glyph Lefkowitz wrote:
> That said, as it is I think the Twisted team is doing a great job at
> making Twisted, and we don't have any more resources or people to spend
> on other stuff. That's not to say we can't spot-fix the biggest
> problems with our website (like the API documentation problem) but ...
> where do these helpful people come from for other projects? I would
> estimate that Twisted has tens of thousands of users by now, but the
> community is still oddly silent.
Lacking community volunteers with the necessary writing and twisted
skillsets, the best option would be to have the documentation done
professionally by *good* technical writers.
How does one fund this? As you say, there are tens of thousands of twisted
users by now, many writing code inside corporations/universities which
pay for software. So start a fund:
- get an accurate estimate of the amount of money needed (ie., have
lined up and ready to start work under contract)
- prominently display the fund status (thermometer?) on the twisted home
- solicit support from twisted users urging them to get their employers
- recognize contributions
I think you'd be pleasantly surprised by the response. $150k shouldn't
be too hard
to raise and, spent wisely, will go a long way towards solving the
problems. Our group put $12.5k back into a specific open source project
Money that was earned thanks to that same project.
P.S. Of course a paper book would also do wonders ...
Darran Edmundson (darran.edmundson at anu.edu.au)
ANU Supercomputer Facility Vizlab
Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2600
tel: +61 2 6125-0517 fax: +61 2 6125-5088
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