Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ready to kick the tires

It's not done yet, but if you want, go ahead and try out the Eclipse Community Forums.  The Control Panel needs work but the rest should function quite well.

If you see anything broken, please comment on bug 284281.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Newsgroups? No way, let's call them something else.

While many[1] enjoy the finer charms of NNTP newsgroups, it's no secret that NNTP is one of those old-school protocols, predating the joys of Facebook, Tweetering and instant texting.

On some blog somewhere, someone suggested I look at FUDForum for Eclipse.org, since it's one of those cool Forum apps that has the ability to act as a front-end to nntp newsgroups.  So I did, and I'm preparing to put this out for everyone to see.  See bug 284281 for details.

But I have one problem: What do we call it?  Eclipse Newsgroups?  No way -- the cool kids will think we're stuck in 1971.  Eclipse Forums? Eclipse Chat?  Help!!!

Help me put a name to this page .. If I like your ideas, I'll send some Eclipse swag your way.

[1] Please tell me I'm not the only one...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Eclipse(.org) eclipsing Eclipses on Google

If you do a Google search for Eclipse, you'll get something like this:

1. Eclipse.org

2. Eclipse Downloads


Youtube plug

4. Eclipse (software) @ Wikipedia

5. Eclipse Awards (nothing to do with us)

6. Eclipse (astronomy) @ Wikipedia

It's interesting that Eclipse (astronomy) is so overshadowed (pun) by our wonderful Eclipse OSS community.  This has at least one person irritated (see yellow edit suggesting the addition of a disambiguation on the Wikipedia page for Eclipse (software)).

Maybe we should try to lower our Google ranking to avoid irritating other budding astronomers.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Well, this is embarrassing.

Refreshingly honest.  It makes the error all the more palatable.