I'm wondering if there is interest in creating/maintaining a blog for the community. Apache has infrastructure for this and some instructions for setting one up. I have seen other projects use a different service, so we could go that route too. I'm not a big fan of the Apache blog layout, but it may be the easiest thing to do.
Other than an email announcement, there is no other place that I know of for publishing community information. If you search for "Accumulo 1.6 new features" or "Accumulo 1.6 planning" you won't find much. I'm thinking of things like:
- A place to highlight Accumulo features
- Major features planned in next release
- A release happened
- Explanation of new features, how to configure, etc.
- Notes from community meetings
There does appear to be some process mentioned in  regarding previews and approval before publishing. Another thing to consider, which is not mentioned, is cross-posting to a company blog site as well.
Looks like the consensus last November was that people were in favor of such a site, but the implementation details were undecided. I imagine if you or someone else wants to spearhead it, there wouldn't be any objection.
Here's a crazy idea that I've thought about a couple of times...
It may make sense to make a "for profit" journalistic-type blog about Accumulo, ran by a person or company that had the time and money. This news service would have content about accumulo that you mention, but could also have sponsored blog posts from vendors wanting to talk about their accumulo integration and could also host accumulo or hadoop related ads. For example, i'd have clearedge (my employer) pay for ads about our Accumulo training classes.
The reason I mention this approach is that blogs take a lot of maintenance and work to keep interesting. Having it be for profit may increase quality and quantity since the editors of the website are motivated to move it along. In the end I think it still helps with the community. In some ways, this is similar to Accumulo Summit-- it's not just going to happen out of thin air. We had to get sponsors and such to pay for the event and the time and effort to execute it... but in the end it'll be positive overall to Accumulo. This might just be smaller scale but may also be overkill.
I think we have a strong enough mini-community around Accumulo that this may work (opposed to working for Pig, for example).
Anyways, I said it was a crazy idea, I just couldn't help share in case someone got some inspiration for it or could motivate me to do something about it.
-d On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 1:21 PM, Al Krinker <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
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Is there another software project that does something like this? IBM used to (still does?) pay people to write articles for http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/. However, they covered a lot of software projects and had a very large audience.
What is the current audience for Accumulo? How many companies would pay cash to advertise to that audience? How many consulting companies support Accumulo?
On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 2:34 PM, Donald Miner <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
Sure, there are several blog posts scattered around, typically done by committers. There is no one place to search/find the information. If all of those blog articles were done in one place, then they would be easier to find/search by users. The only official communication that users can look to is: the website, the mail archives, the source, and the user manual (also on the web page).
Based on the responses, or lack thereof, there does not appear to be any interest in doing more than what we are currently doing - and that is ok. I guess if I wanted to write a technical article about how to do something with Accumulo I could either start yet another blog or send it to the mailing list so that it can be searched. I'm fine with these answers.
Not sure exactly who pays for this type of service. The Apache blog is free and just requires interested parties to write articles as they see fit and likely a vote to publish. I don't see any reason why we could not include vendor blog posts or a page of links to other items[2,3,4,5]. It would be nice from a user perspective to go to one place instead of searching to the end of the internet.