I’d like to make a point about the Diaspora Project.
Some awesome refactor, clean up and bug fix were made since Diaspora became a community driven project. But if we speak about features, nothing has changed for a year. This is terrible, because G+ and other FOSS social networks didn’t wait us.
I think Diaspora has to be boosted and present some killer features / announcement before the end of this year, or we will definitely be dead.
Our problem right now is that we don’t have a lot of devs. It is hard to find contributors, and people able to develop new features, because this requires a global vision of the project and a LOT of time. Contributors here have a job and can’t work only on Diaspora. I think that we have to find devs who can work everyday on the project.
The first solution to this is to pay people directly. But for that, we need money, and it is hard to find, because people waited a lot of Diaspora and many of them are disappointed. We can’t make another thing like “kickstarter”. Maybe a donation campaign, but it will not be enough for the long term.
So this is my second solution. We are a FOSS project. Maybe we can be helped by other FOSS, not with money, but with their experience, with their reputation, maybe with their developers. Let’s dream, and imagine that we convince Redhat or Mozilla to use Diaspora internally. It could be used for a lot of things. Everybody puts social in everything nowadays… If they use our soft, they will be obliged to patch it for their interest. And of course, the patch will be merged in the master branch. Everyone will be happy : our soft will be improved without spending money and they can use it.
So the hardest part to do is to convince them that to use our soft can be really useful for them.
I propose to you to list here every arguments, use cases, everything which can be said to convince them.
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