TDF – True Thanks For Volunteer Work?

It’s not funny to read the blog post about the development of a new LibreOffice extensions and templates page. The post lacks of the whole picture about the development and history of the current LibreOffice extensions and templates site. It seemed as if there were no development over the years since the start of the site. But that’s not the case.

The site was first launched in summer 2011 during the first LibreOffice conference in Paris. This site (correctly two sites) was running on Plone 4 using the Plone add-on ‘Plone Software Center’ with the blobstorage addition. This site runs for some years up to the end of 2016.

In the meantime I worked on two new Plone add-ons for an update of the site. I adapted the structure of the new add-ons to the needs of the extension and template submitter from the few feedback I got over the years. I gave presentations about my work on LibreOffice conferences, but without attendance of The Document Foundation (TDF) core members (e.g. board, employees, staff). There were no real vested interest in this area of the project.

I finished my work on a first stable version of the new add-ons in 2016 and I could launch the new (renovated) LibreOffice extensions and templates with the support of a Plone service provider at the end of December 2016. The service provider created a highly scalable productive environment for the new site and migrated the content from the old site into the structure of the new one.

I worked further on the Plone add-ons for the extensions and templates site since then and made some further improvements following the few feedback I got from contributors to the site. I worked in parallel as admin of the site and content reviewer for new extensions and templates. This took a lot of my spare time.

I dropped this admin and review work in autumn 2018 because a member of TDF board criticized my work on the site in public without any preceding talk to me. This was a contempt of my volunteer work on the site and the endless spare time which I spent contributing to LibreOffice and The Document Foundation. In addition other board members didn’t support me and criticized the behavior of the board member in public. This showed me that TDF is not really connected to its Code of Conduct (https://www.documentfoundation.org/foundation/code-of-conduct/). It’s more of a nice to have (written text) but not part of the TDF DNA. The project has no real supportive sustainable culture in communication style and behavior.

Although I dropped my admin and reviewer role on the LibreOffice extensions and templates site I worked on the code of the site further. I made some additions to the structure of the Plone add-ons following the feedback I got from contributors and updated the site’s buildout to Plone 5.1.

Because Python 2 got at the end of its live I worked in parallel on a migration of the Plone add-ons for the LibreOffice extensions and templates site to Python version 3. I finished this work some weeks ago and made Python 3 compatible releases of the add-ons. They were published on the Cheeseshop (https://pypi.org). Each add-on got also it’s own user documentation which I wrote during the development process.

I did also some work for Python 3 compatibility on the LibreOffice extensions and templates site buildout in a seperate branch. This work is making good progress and should be finished during the next weeks (depends on my available spare time). The site could run on Python 3 and Plone 5.2 then.

My current work is already publicly available on Github. I published it under the General Public License v. 2 (GPL-2).

The new post on TDF blog paints a different picture, as if the site and its code hasn’t changed and developed over the years. From my point of view this is a new threat on me and my countless volunteer work on LibreOffice and for TDF. I could not take the words of thank in the TDF blog post seriously. Seemed to be (necessary) flowers of speech.

Updated Extension Site Repository To Plone 5.1

I worked on an update of the source code for the LibreOffice extensions and templates website from Plone 5.0 to Plone 5.1 during last days. I finished this work today. The Plone buildout for the website points to Plone 5.1.6 yet.

I run tests against the new Plone version with data created with the currently used Plone version (5.0) and they succeeded all. The source code of the website is available at Github: https://github.com/tdf/extensions.libreoffice.org

The new Plone version 5.1 will be available at the LibreOffice extensions and templates website once the TDF infra team got time slot to checkout the Github repository and run buildout afterwards.

Next Release Of Plone Add-on For LibreOffice Extensions Site

I fixed some smaller issues in the user documentation of the Plone add-on for the LibreOffice extensions website and updated the localization files of the add-on. I published this fixes and updates within a new release of the Plone add-on tdf.extensionuploadcenter on the Cheeseshop (PyPi.org) yesterday. It is release 0.46. You can get this release at: https://pypi.org/project/tdf.extensionuploadcenter/

The source code is available on my Github repository: https://github.com/andreasma/tdf.extensionuploadcenter

New Release Of Plone Add-On For LibreOffice Templates Site

I worked on the Plone add-on that drives the LibreOffice templates website during the last days. I fixed some smaller bugs, but more important I added the first version of the user documentation. This documentation describes in detail all modules / objects of the add-on and give some information about the messaging feature of the add-on.

I created a new release of this Plone add-on ‘tdf.templateuploadcenter’ and published it on the Cheeshop (PyPi.org) today. This release got the number 0.36 and is available at: https://pypi.org/project/tdf.templateuploadcenter/

The source code of the add-on is available on my Github repository:
https://github.com/andreasma/tdf.templateuploadcenter

New Release Of Plone Add-On For LibreOffice Extensions Site

I worked on the user documentation and some smaller fixes of the Plone add-on which drives the LibreOffice extensions website. This add-on is named ‘tdf.extensionuploadcenter’ and its source code is hosted on Github (https://github.com/andreasma/tdf.extensionuploadcenter).

I finished the user documentation and the smaller fixes two days ago and published a new release of the Plone add-on yesterday. It has the release number 0.45 and you could get it from the ‘Cheeseshop’ (pypi.org) at:
https://pypi.org/project/tdf.extensionuploadcenter/

The new release adapt the structure of the add-on to the current structure provided by the Plone add-on ‘bobtemplates’. This is a first step on the way to adapt the release also to Python 3.

The release includes the initial version of the user documentation with information not only about installation, creating and publishing of content objects but also about its messaging features.

Published First Final Release Of Collective.Templates

I worked on some fixes for the Plone add-on collective.templates during the last days. I finished my work yesterday and published the add-on today on PyPi: https://pypi.org/project/collective.templates/

The final release contains a documentation in HTML and PDF file format. It fixes some minor issues and the source code builds on Travis-CI without any errors yet: https://travis-ci.org/collective/collective.templates

Finished Documentation For Collective.Templates

I worked on the documentation for the Plone add-on collective.templates during the last days. I finished this documentation during the weekend and published the documentation in HTM file format and in PDF file format today. The documentation files are available on Github. You could check them out from the projects repository there:
https://github.com/collective/collective.templates
The documentation lives in the docs subfolder:
https://github.com/collective/collective.templates/tree/master/docs