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Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] Modifying Savannah website

From: Nicodemo Alvaro
Subject: Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] Modifying Savannah website
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 23:25:13 -0400

On 5/11/09, Sebastian Gerhardt <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hello Silvain,
> I can't keep pace with the project submissions.
> Many of them block too long because of the same issues again and again
> and I blame this to the fact that Savannah's hosting requirements
> are somewhat scattered around all over GNU and Savannah.
> The checklist on the registration page is a good start but I think
> it will need additional information. So I want to modify this page
> in a way that I hope will make it more clear that:
> a) The project will be denied approval until all mandatory requirements
> are met. Submissions that obviously ignore these points are disapproved
> without further comment.
> b) All these hard requirements are listed in one place together.
> If I remember correctly, we have at least three different places for
> this as of now.
> I hope this will make the approval process more predictable to the
> author and more effective for us.

I think that the best source of information is already linked from
that page you wish to edit. I agree with that the requirments are
dispersed in different directions. I do not even see the number one
issue addressed in the requirements: copyright and license notices.

I think if we wanted to have less people apply with projects that do
not meet the requirements, then at least a link to the requirements
should be placed on the front page. New users have little to go on
before they create a log in, as it is required to be authenticated to
view the /register/ location. For a new user to go through the process
and then find out about the requirements, might be pretty discouraging
and therefore taken less seriously.

You might want to place strong (bold), big, and emphasis html tags on
text that link to the requirements.

Perhaps, you may even go as far as to provide example projects that
fit the bill.


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