Recently planet.ubuntu.com has seen a series of polls posted by Randall Ross. While the questions are interesting and offer some insight in to what the community thinks about what planet.ubuntu.com should look like they fall short in truly exploring that question. Survey questions fall short because they limit feedback and frame the question.
Here are the questions so far:
- How much *non-Ubuntu* content are you willing to tolerate on Planet Ubuntu?
- Who should be allowed to post on Planet Ubuntu?
- Which statement applies to you?
- Please state how you feel about this statement: “Planet Ubuntu is a useful resource for Ubuntu information.”
What is non-Ubuntu content? Would it include the following posts?
- The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics
- Parole Media Player 0.5.90 Released
- Melany WordPress Theme 1.0 Stable
- Legends of the Blues
- Automatically pushing local git repositories to other sources
- ACM Reflections | Projections Conference 2013 wrap-up
- MongoDB Community Kit
All of these were on planet.ubuntu.com on October 19th, 2013 at 22:18 GMT -4. I found value in all of them. Did you? I find value from posts on planet.ubuntu.com for the following reasons:
- Getting to know Ubuntu members better. (This is increasingly important since the beginning of the virtual UDS.)
- Learning how to use open source software with Ubuntu
- Learning about other open source software
If I wanted to just know about Ubuntu I would read OMG! Ubuntu! or Ubuntu Fridge. In my opinion planet.ubuntu.com is not in need of fixing beyond cleaning up the ability of expired members to post.
Yes, planet.ubuntu.com is Awesome!