Best way to announce things?
Karsten 'quaid' Wade
kwade at redhat.com
Fri Feb 22 02:54:53 UTC 2008
On Thu, 2008-02-21 at 12:28 +0000, Jonathan Roberts wrote:
> > I think we should use news.fp.o extensively and integrate it into the
> > front page via a RSS feed. Other major announcements can go to
> > fedora-announce list. Things like publican for example. We should
> > probably drop mails to journalists directly which we have not been doing
> > yet.
> I was wondering more about the format they should take rather than
> where - though I totally agree with your comments here :)
> I'm not sure what other formats we could consider to a press release
> tbh, but I just wanted to make sure we were using the best methods at
> our disposal...
You are asking about format, which means:
* Style of writing
* Tooling (file format)
For the style of writing, I agree with Rahul's suggestion of a casual
tone. We seem to be going down that direction quite well.
For tooling, we have a very cool and very simple to use method for
writing 'press releases' that can be translated. Getting global
coverage is going to require translation, at a minimum. Some
announcements might need to be rewritten from scratch in other languages
because of idioms, etc.
Anyone feel like learning to use this press release tool, then writing
up how-to on the wiki?
If you don't have a CVS account you can use anonymous access:
export CVSROOT=:pserver:anonymous at cvs.fedoraproject.org:/cvs/docs
cvs -z3 login
cvs -z3 co press-release docs-common
Actually, you might not need docs-common, I disrecall. It uses it's own
custom DTD, so it has a very small set of tags. It is mainly plain text
that can easily be pulled in for translation. :)
The point would be to follow a rough process like this:
1. Collaborate on a list of what to highlight (ongoing)
2. Collaborate via the wiki to write up draft => ready to release
3. Copy and paste into a press-release shell
4. Finish conversion into press-release and keep these in a version
Karsten Wade, Developer Community Mgr.
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