[Framework-Team] Re: Death to the roadmap page?

Nate Aune natea at jazkarta.com
Mon Sep 28 14:00:59 UTC 2009


I think pointing newbies to the list of PLIPs is not a wise move from
a marketing standpoint. You can certainly have the link to the PLIP
page from the roadmap page, but I think there needs to be a more
accessible and human friendly page showing what's coming in Plone 4/5.
The list of PLIPs will just scare all but the most technical people
away.

Compare the descriptions of Plone with the Joomla and Drupal
description on this page:
http://guide.conecta.it/index.php/Content_management_systems

Which of those CMSes (if you were completely new to CMSes) would be
most attractive to you? The Drupal and Joomla descriptions tell you
*what* you can actually do with the CMS. I think we need to boil it
down for people and tell them that Plone can do all of those things as
well, and show them examples of where it is done.

The roadmap page is probably the first thing I would look at if I were
choosing a technology on which to build my future website. It would
need to be have a clear vision of what major changes will impact me,
how they benefit me, and why they are important. It should be written
in a non-jargony tone, but have links to more technical descriptions
if I want to read the nitty gritty details.

The roadmap page should get me excited about the future of Plone,
preferably with screenshots and screencasts demonstrating these new
features that will be included. It should instill trust that the Plone
software project is moving forward and there is a unified vision for
where it is going.

Nate

On Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 2:51 AM, Alexander Limi <limi at plone.org> wrote:
> On Fri, 25 Sep 2009 12:29:08 -0700, Steve McMahon <steve at dcn.org> wrote:
>
>> Unfortunately, the situation is *much worse* than Marie indicates, as the
>> roadmap page is completely obsolete and outdated since we switched to
>> trac.
>> It's more than a bit embarrassing that we link to it from the home page.
>>
>> We should have something better, but meanwhile, what should we do with the
>> old roadmap page? It may be useful to some as a historical artifact.
>
> The idea (at least for now) is to point it to the Trac roadmap page, and do
> a bit better job with the release descriptions there.
>
> Eric Steele and Yours Truly have volunteered for this task, but we didn't
> want to do it until 3.3 was out. Now it is, and the old roadmap page can be
> retired.
>
> I don't think we need to involve Mark and others in this particular case —
> they have much more important things they could be spending their time on —
> but we can definitely do much better than we're doing right now.
>
> If nothing has happened by the end of this week, feel free to call us out on
> it. :)
>
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