I decided to not renew my application for a membership of The Document Foundation some weeks ago. I did this because leading members of the foundation communicated badly about my volunteer work for the foundation and LibreOffice during the last eight years and nobody from the board of the foundation stopped this. For this reason I stopped my contributions to The Document Foundation in last October.
I got also the feeling that some leading people of the foundation are not able to communicate openly and that it often works like a closed group with mostly interests in LibreOffice business (and income from it). The latter was not my main objective.
It’s always no good idea to thank someone without the exact knowledge about the real work he or she had done and the exact period he or she were on duty. Such a commendation – especially in a published report or in a public speech looks to the one who get it the opposite, because it reflects that it is not worth the time to collect and check the correct data.
I read such commendation about my work on the LibreOffice extensions and templates website in the annual report of The Document Foundation today. I invested a lot of my spare time to work as a pure volunteer for the foundation and on the website for about eight years (I worked for about sixteen years inside the community of the free office software project).
I worked on a new Plone add-on during the last weeks. I created this add-on within a Python 3 environment. It runs within a Plone 5.2 instance. During the coding of the new add-on I run into an issue in connection with Zope 4 and filed a bug report.
The code of my new Plone add-on need some further testing and further coding. The add-on provides an environment to upload templates and publish them.
It’s always interesting to see the communication strategy (?) of a board. Don’t publish an agenda of a public meeting to early (only the evening before the event) to certainly avoid to get people from the public into your (public) board call.
The next communication step should be to complain about the lack of participation from the public.
If the communication of a board follows this road it has not to wonder about a lack of participation from the public. The public wouldn’t feel invited.