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Subject: Re: [dita] Re: [dita-adoption] DITA User Forums web site

As peer groups, I don't believe DITA Adoption is beholden to the DITA TC, nor have we been asked about any updates for at least half a year if memory serves me right, though I would have gladly volunteered such information.

The new ditaforums is an experimental add-on to the DXO website (to be launched prior to DITA NA 2018), and I was planning to discuss the wording at the next meeting. (I am also uneasy at the wording of "official" which I think is unwarranted and misleading in this case). However, taking this straight to Chet without even asking me first is not the best way to deal with this. 

It is clear that we do need to better communicate our respective efforts, and that this type of communication is not a one-way street. 




Keith Schengili-Roberts
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From: dita@lists.oasis-open.org <dita@lists.oasis-open.org> on behalf of Kristen James Eberlein <kris@eberleinconsulting.com>
Sent: March 22, 2018 4:18:02 PM
To: Greg Emil; nharrison@infobridge-solutions.com; tom.magliery@justsystems.com; Eliot Kimber; Chris Nitchie
Cc: dita-adoption@lists.oasis-open.org; DITA TC; Chet Ensign
Subject: [dita] Re: [dita-adoption] DITA User Forums web site

Um -- I am concerned here, to say the least.

To my best knowledge, the DITA Adoption TC has not communicated at all with the DITA TC about this site. Any site that labels itself as the "official forums for users of the DITA OASIS Standard" really needs to have some affiliation with the TC that owns the DITA standard. It also seems to me that there is significant overlap with the plan for an updated dita.xml.org, as well as the existing dita-users list.

The wording on the Web site is quite problematic: "These are the official forums for users of the DITA OASIS Standard, an XML architecture for designing, writing, managing, and publishing information."

Chet, any thoughts here?


Kristen James Eberlein
Chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee
Principal consultant, Eberlein Consulting
+1 919 622-1501; kriseberlein (skype)

On 3/16/2018 12:29 PM, Greg Emil wrote:

I sent each of you an email inviting you to join the new DITA User Forums site. The site is a Discourse site that could use some branding and will soon move to ditaforums.xml.org. When the new subdomain is live, we'll open it up for public use.

Although this plan has been under way for a while now, this is the first some of you have heard of it. The original plan A was to host it ourselves and save a few bucks. Plan B, having the folks who make Discourse host it for us, is now plan A. Either way, the site is here to stay. I will be soliciting support from vendors at the Denver conference, and Keith is working on setting up a Patreon account that will be linked to the site.

In the short term, I would welcome advice setting up categories and would likewise welcome anyone who is interested in the role of moderator. For now, I'm the administrator; we'll get one more from the Adoption TC but that will probably be it.

Please share this email with others who would be interested in getting involved before the public launch.


Greg Emil
Staff Technical Writer, Zenoss 


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