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From "Matthieu Riou (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (INCUBATOR-70) Communication Guide
Date Sun, 18 Nov 2007 19:13:43 GMT


Matthieu Riou commented on INCUBATOR-70:

There are basically two ways to reach major websites:

   1. Propose news for publication
   2. Propose an article
   3. Have a regular blog on their website

Most of them work in the same way. 

News are interesting for major project events or releases. It's usually worthless submitting
something for a point release.

To propose a piece of news (for the sites allowing it, like theserverside or infoq, o'reilly
doesn't do real news) you're allowed to post in a category or part of the website. You sometimes
need to login first and a link appears on the page you're interested in. For example with
infoq you get a 'contribute news' button on the upper right corner.  Javalobby has a 'post
a new announcement' link and theserverside a 'post a news item' link. Once the news has been
posted, it will get into the editorial moderation queue. If the editors deem it interesting
enough, it will get published within a couple of days at most. They usually don't give you
any direct feedback for news, so after a couple of days if nothing shows up, you'll know it's
been rejected.

For articles, they all have an e-mail address where you can send article proposals (check
the 'contact us' section). Describe what will be the subject of the article, a rough outline
of its content (introductory, in depth on a particular topic) and the targeted audience. If
the article sounds interesting, you'll get feedback. Articles are usually about 2000 / 3000
words and will get you some money (although don't expect to get rich).

Having an hosted blog can't be specific to your project, what they will expect are industry-wide
So it's far more work and less targeted.

> Communication Guide
> -------------------
>                 Key: INCUBATOR-70
>                 URL:
>             Project: Incubator
>          Issue Type: Task
>          Components: site
>            Reporter: Robert Burrell Donkin
> Hold all for suggestions about ways that a podling can:
> 1. create a healthy mailing list
> 2. improve communication with users
> 3. attract developers
> 4. create a positive open source brand

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