Welcome to debian-community.org!
Debian-Community.org is an effort to give something back to the community that has a great share in making Debian the universal OS that it is. Many people contribute to Debian: obviously the developers and package maintainers, but also translators and artists and everybody who files bugs or helps someone else on a mailinglist. If you want to be part of the Debian community, but don't want to become a developer or maintainer, Debian so far didn't offer you much in reward.
So this (still somewhat whacky :) idea was born, to offer a nice email-address to anybody who wants it and to setup planet(s), who aggregate more than just the developers and wannabe-developers. And, of course, we want to promote ("sell") t-shirts, because everybody loves t-shirts and they are an excellent way to show what you care about! Even though debian-community.org is open to official Debian developers, the main target audience are the other 99,99% of the debian population! You! :)
But of course, Debian-Community will be about more than just emails, planets
and t-shirts. People choose Debian not (only) because of the community, but
because of Debian's strengths: it's rocksolid technical base, long releasecycles
which allow to use Debian as a base for customisations and because of the strong
Last but not least, debian-community.org aims to become fully localised. The majority of Debian users is much more comfortable in their native tongue than in English - so debian-community.org should be available in in $your_language too. Patches very welcome! :)
This should only be the beginning, if you have other good ideas what to do with this domain, we love to hear it!
3 rules (for using the emailaddress and planets):
Very roughly, the wording here and the procedure still needs some polishing:
If you don't comply with the rules, you will be warned. After three warnings,
your account will be removed. No more rules. (Except that the exact procedure,
who will decide when it's time for a warning, still needs to be layed out.)
debian-community.org, official endorsement, rules or constitution
None, at the moment and for a start. At the moment it's mostly me, I hope
more people will jump and join in. And I believe we can run this informally
for quite a while without any problems. In the long term I think an official
endorsement from Debian is important (and maybe we want more rules how to use
the ressources, too. Maybe..) and therefore a clear goal of the project.
But right now I think it's more important to set this all up and get some
useful work done.
Send mail to Holger Levsen or join #debian-community on irc.debian.org
Alpha! Nothing is really setup yet except