Let me take a second to introduce myself to those that don't know me. I'm Tim Post, the Director of Stack Overflow Communities here at Stack Exchange. I'm an associate member of the FSF, and a former contributing member to SPI. Most of my professional career as a programmer was built on free & open source software. I haven't been as active as I planned ...
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This is based upon street art by some unknown artist. I created it as the counterpoint to the communist poster. The idea is to say that Open Source and Free Culture liberates capitalism (here represented by Rich Uncle Pennybags).
Yes, we should.
One of the things that came up in the discussion was the issue of neutrality: our desire to ensure the site remains neutral from any one organisation so that we can interact with any organisation.
Part of doing this is to also ensure that we offer the various associated organisations equal opportunities to interact with us. That ...
The best way to recruit experts is to show them content they're interested in. This can be answers that teach them something, or questions where they can demonstrate their expertise. To attract experts, you need at least original questions; to retain them, you need also original answers (but having experts around tends to generate that).
If you know experts,...
I don't like "Open Information". I think it has the connotations of open knowledge banks/ontologies etc. Which, in regards to their licensing, would certainly be ontopic here! But it suggests too small a scope for the site. I don't think we do need to change the name as long as we make it clear in the site description/tour page etc. that the site is about ...
I disagree. With a scope that is ever changing, it is pre-mature to request name changes.
Not all questions on this site will be about licensing. One of the main focuses, which sadly isn't coming to life fast enough, is the organization and marketing of projects.
If we continue to broaden the scope, the name change would be detrimental to the site's ...
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This one is based upon an idea floated by Martijn in the bikeshed. The Lessig quote is typeset with white typewriter font on a black background, similar1 to the style Lessig used on his slides in one of his best TED talks.
Contact early, contact often.
Every major organisation that is somewhat in scope, and is willing to put in resources of people asking and answering questions should be very welcome on this site, and outreach is never a bad thing.
Whether they want to do that is their prerogative, but I don't think we would be worse of by letting them know this site exists, ...
Has contact been made? By whom? To whom?
Yes. I contacted both the FSF and Creative Commons.
With what request?
This is the text of my email:
My name is [me], and I am contacting you in my role for the website Open Source Stack Exchange, where I am a user.
OS.SE is a newly-set up site in the Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites, focused around the topic ...
Quite honestly, I wouldn't worry.
If you compare ourselves to other betas, I would think that we are doing fairly well.
We have an incredible user base
We're friendly and all, and we've got experience. We know what we're talking about, and we're willing to help others. Also, an "avid" user is basically just anyone with over 200 rep. :)
We've got ...
Who I contacted:
The Open Knowledge Foundation
Timestamp: Some random time on Canada day (July 1st for you non-Canadian folks)
I'm Zin and I'm one of the community members at Opensource.stackexchange.com. The site is part of a broad community of sites, supported by Stack Exchange. We've reached out, or are reaching out to many ...
This site itself has Freely licensed content, but neither the design nor the software is Free. The Free Software Foundation seem, to me, to care philosophically about Software Freedom, and this may be a dealbreaker for their participation. (The name Open Source might also put them off a little.)
Major providers of Free & Open Source Software:
The GNU ...
I agree with both proposals. I like OpenInfo more than Open Information, but that's my personal taste.
I really think we should go with the broadened scope. We already included Creative Commons, that already includes stuff that isn't Open Source (CC-NC, CC-ND). We have already included stuff that hasn't a source at all. As far as I see most agree with this. ...
We should be as inclusive to people as possible.
Surely, we can't do much about the software. Stackexchange is Stackexchange and if we didn't wanted the software, we should have raised the site on a different base than SE and that doesn't seem particular practical to me. I see no point in discussing that.
But there are many things we can influence. If we ...
In response to user114…
As long as the site is a place where proponents of “free software” and proponents of “open source” keep insisting that their version is the right one and the others are not True Scotsmen, and as long as some people find it more important to give credit to the right guru while denigrating others, people who actually want to make, ...
This is a bit tongue in cheek. It is a reference the Bill Gates 2005 interview were he said (referring Creative Commons and Open Source):
“There are some new modern-day sort of communists who want to get rid of the incentive for musicians and moviemakers and software makers under various guises.”
It is based on Soviet-style constructivist poster ...
This is just a concept; I'm not sure it's polished enough to be a production ad. That said, I'd love feedback on whether people think this is good concept, or could be improved in some specific way.
I've also played with the idea of a tagline at the top, like "Forking, Philosophy, FLOSS" or something.
We're some awesome people who try to help each other change the world through altruism shown through the freedom in our products. :P
P.S. I think oss.se is a better shorthand than os.se because OS sounds like Operating Systems, while OSS is concisely Open Source Software. An abundant S is a blessing for the site not to come with pluralization bugs.
This one is based on the the famous WWII "We Can Do It!"-poster, produced by J. Howard Miller for Westinghouse Electric in 1943.
I like the activist phrase "Free Culture!" (as in "Free Nelson Mandela!"), and this illustration seemed perfect for it.
According to the notice on Wikipedia Commons, the original is Public Domain (at least in the USA).
Well, I disagree we lack experts in Open Source. In the question you linked many identified their projects. One who didn't answer there was Bruno Lowagie, author of iText. I think expertise is given. But, experts mostly answer questions and often pretty good (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 to give some examples). But they lack in asking questions. So I don't agree, that we ...
Arduino beta has a banner on https://electronics.stackexchange.com/:
IMO it would be great for beta site to exchange such banners with each other and with mature sites, to guide users towards the community which is the most relevant to their question.