[TOS] FW: How can we mark what activities a particular group is doing within TOS?

Heidi Ellis heidijcellis at gmail.com
Thu Jul 29 01:19:57 UTC 2010

Hi Folks,

I've been mulling on this for a bit. I think that there should definitely be
a way for folks to attribute the originator, funder or supporter of work.
For instance, I'd very much like to be able to post information about what
my students have accomplished in FOSS and be able to label the work as being
completed by "Western New England College" students. However, I'd prefer not
to go so far as page branding. 

My thoughts originate from the idea that TOS is a meeting place for
_people_, not organizations. My view of TOS is as a place for meeting of the
minds. A place where I go to ask questions and listen to people who are
doing interesting things in FOSS. I'm much more concerned about who the
individual is and what they're doing, than the organization that they belong
to. My concern is that if we "brand" pages, the organization rather than the
individual will gain more attention. 

Just my two cents.

-----Original Message-----
From: tos-bounces at teachingopensource.org
[mailto:tos-bounces at teachingopensource.org] On Behalf Of Mel Chua
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2010 4:26 PM
Subject: [TOS] How can we mark what activities a particular group is doing
within TOS?

Ian, Karsten, and I were talking earlier today about TOS as a neutral 
gathering place where different groups and people came and brought and 
talked about their work, and how each group can categorize and keep 
track of the things they're doing within the TOS space.

I'd like to start keeping the Red Hat education strategy stuff I'm 
working on as pages on the TOS wiki, and would like to mark them as such 
- [[Category:Red Hat]], for instance, and perhaps a wiki page template 
with a Shadowman logo and a note at the top that a particular project on 
the TOS wiki (for instance, POSSE) is "a Red Hat community service." I 
could also see this being useful for other orgs and schools - "Hosted by 
OSU" or "an Allegheny project" or "brought to you by Seneca."

How would people feel about such templates? In suggesting this, I'm 
trying to be conscious of both the need for TOS as a whole to remain a 
brand-neutral space, and the need for folks to be able to point to their 
organization's work *within* that neutral space - would this compromise 
be ok?

If there are no objections in a day or two, we'll try it out and show 
folks what it looks like and offer help to other groups who'd like to do 
the same.

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