On Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 8:27 PM, Alexandre Prokoudine
<alexandre.prokoud...@gmail.com> wrote:
> One of the things discussed at LGM was moving all project's domain and
> subdomains to a single dedicated server. We have a person willing to
> do the migration and a person to create a new website.

On Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 8:50 PM, Michael Schumacher <schum...@gmx.de> wrote:
> We're currently unable to update the website (if you have a look at the
> index page, even the release announcements aren't up to date).
> Until this is resolved, we won't be able to add, edit or remove anything
> to, on or from www.gimp.org.

After reading this, I have to ask: what?!
I was indeed wondering why the website isn't being updated at all
(release new unstable gimp builds, or at least give some note that
this project is alive).
I think that we can learn a bit from the inkscape website about this -
they update the main page even when it's not to announce about the
release of some XXX stuff. They update the website to inform about
confrences (LGM, SVG Open), about the current status of the project
(we completed XXX, and XXX bugs remain to the next version), and about
major events like Google summer of code (We haven't even announced on
the main website that we are looking for students!).

At least to me, this seems a bit urgent. A project which is being
developed is not going to be used without a way to contact the
"outside" world (in our case, a website). Some of my collegues laugh
at the fact that I try to contribute to GIMP, and say that it's a
waste of time. I do believe that if the project wouldn't have looked
"dead", to people from the outside, for 8 months (this is the period
since the last website update), people would estimate the project
I think that one of the things that can help to make GIMP look better
for the users, is to make them see that something is indeed moving,
and it's undoubtfully should be somewhere on the top TODOs. As
developers, we may live very well without these updates to the main
website, since we work on the projects not because someone is telling
us, but for ourselves. But, we mustn't forget the open-source is also
for the community, and so we should consider the community in our
decisions and TODOs.

For those of you who know the Blender project, and the BlenderNation
website, I do believe that we need some sort of blog/new site which
are connected one to the other. BlenderNation is a community based
site which updates regularly from the developer meetings/notes, and
the offical blender website also shows headlines from blendernation.
The closest thing that I found for GIMP, is http://meetthegimp.org/
which looks pretty good (although I haven't been visiting this site
before, so I can't tell for sure). They do seem to update about
developments and they seem like the most constantly updated website.

Seriously, updating the website should be somewhere at the top of the
TODO list (not the most important, but definetly important). Alexandre
Prokoudine mentioned something about someone who wants to update the
website, and we also received some suggestion to the mailing list a
few weeks ago. I also am willing to contribute content to the new
website when it'll be set up (my web-development skills do need more
polish before I can actually contribute to build a new webste).

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