[Mageia-marketing] Linuxquestions.org fora

Bradley D. Thornton Bradley at NorthTech.US
Wed Feb 8 20:40:35 CET 2012

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On 02/07/2012 11:46 PM, Anne nicolas wrote:
> Hi there
> I got a mail from Jeremy, Linuxquestions.org. Here it is
> ==============
> Thanks for the quick response. I was interested to know if anyone
> associated with Mageia would be interested in participating in a
> Mageia forum at LQ. Basically, we have quite a few distro fora (see
> http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-distributions-5/ for a
> full list) and Mageia is one of the only major distro's currently not
> represented. The only prerequisite for having a LQ distro forum is
> that someone associated with the project participate. Each participant
> gets a custom user title that denotes their affiliation. Is this
> something you think someone within the project would be interested in?
> You can use a role account or multiple individual accounts, based on
> your preferences.
> ==============
> So if you are interested in it just mail me about this and we will
> setup necessary account
> Cheers

Hi Anne,

Yes I mentioned this to Jeremy some time back. Glad to know he finally
contacted you about this.

I'm already one of the regular support providers in the Slackware
forums. I think a Mageia forum at LQ is a great idea.

I brought this up before here... but it went nowhere. That's when I took
it to Jeremy. I'm glad we're paying attention to it now :)

I'm interested in this, but will continue to use my own account which
has been registered w/LQ since 2003. Let me know how you would like to
proceed in that regard.

On another note, Oliver and Josh brought up the notion on this list that
taking advantage of this opportunity might 'split' the support efforts.
IMO, and after years of experience as a contributing supporter at LQ, I
can offer this bit of wisdom to consider:

1.) People are going to go to LQ regardless for support, because that's
what happens there, it's the place where it happens on the Internet -
even if it's for a crappy distro  like ubuntu, who also has their own
forums there at LQ.

2.) People get support from real UNIX people at LQ. The kind of support
that isn't always available in distro specific forums at each respective
distro's home sites.

This is because many of the problems that people have, regardless of the
distro they are using, often are only remotely related to the distro
itself, and more to do with the software that someone is having problems

When someone comes to a Mageia for problems with, for example SANE,
they're going to get a Mageia-centric take on the issue, while the
problem may be with their scanner, or SANE itself - a problem commonly
solved at LQ but would not even be addressed by an available HCL at the
Mageia site.

That's just one example.

3.) Exposure, exposure, exposure. My Mageia reviews at LQ were well
received, well read by many, and drove probably hundreds, if not
thousands to Our Mageia downloads... probably resulting in many new
users of our distro.

So let me know how you would like me to proceed as an offical support
rep for Mageia to  obtain our own distro forum at LQ (which is an
opportunity I really don't think we should pass on.

Just my two cents. I hope it helps :)

Kindest regards,

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