MozillaZine Launches Mozilla Blogging Project, Knowledge Base and Donation Drive
Monday February 9th, 2004
As you can see, MozillaZine's looking a bit different. Today, we are happy to announce some of the new features that we've been working on to improve our coverage and support of the Mozilla project. Firstly, you'll notice that the front page has moved to a new three column layout, featuring a weblog post at the top. A lot of important stuff happens on blogs, and we want to make sure you don't miss anything. We plan to do the same for important forum posts in the coming months.
Secondly, we're officially launching our new Knowledge Base. We've had this up and running for a little while now in beta, and we think you're going to like it. The KB uses the same software as the popular Wikipedia open-source encyclopedia, MediaWiki. A Wiki allows anyone to not only view it, but also add, edit and remove information. We're hoping that in the coming months, enough folks participate so that we can use the content to build an enterprise version, which will help the Mozilla Foundation to land more licensing and support deals, and secure further funding for the Mozilla project. We'll have more on the enterprise stuff in the months to come.
Finally, we're launching our third annual donation drive today. We have just about outgrown our current server and with all these new features planned, along with more on the way, we're looking to once again expand our server infrastructure by leasing a second server. We estimate it will cost four thousand US dollars to cover the hosting and bandwidth costs of both the proposed new server and our current one over the next year, so we're setting that as our target. In response to past concerns that we only accepted PayPal, we've added two new ways to contribute, the Amazon Honor System and NOCHEX. Amazon takes basically the same types of payments as PayPal does, and is an alternative for those who don't like PayPal. NOCHEX is for residents of the UK who have a debit card, which is virtually everyone with a bank account. No, we can't accept checks or cash sent to our houses or anything like that, and no, we're not adding banner ads again, so don't ask. If you do not wish to donate then please continue to enjoy the site free of charge. No one should feel pressured to donate. It's entirely optional.
Following these new features, we plan to continue adding more to MozillaZine in the coming months, including faster, more stable forums, even more developer weblogs, and a variety of enterprise-focused tools. Stay tuned!
Monday February 9th, 2004 1:46 PM
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About the knowledge base, I was wondering: is it acceptable for the average user to add to/modify entries, or are we supposed to get permission first?
For example, at <http://kb.mozillazine.org…s_:_Tooltips_Don%27t_Work> the page states that FireFox does not support ALT text tooltips, which is true. However, the only solution given is to contact the web page author to have them change the web site. Even though I do not personally use the "Popup ALT text" extension, I feel that for someone who wants to temporarily fix the issue, this is a viable alternative to contacting a webmaster. Adding a link to <http://extensionroom.mozdev.org/more-info/popupalt> as an alternative solution seems like an appropriate thing to do here.
This is not a post about breaking web standards or discussing how ALT text to be used. I just want to know if it is acceptable to make changes in situations similar to this.