Community Marketing Initiative Week 5

Wednesday August 25th, 2004

This week's Community Marketing Initiative is a campaign to engage college students with the marketing of Firefox. o do that, the marketing team has come up with a few ideas to help tackle marketing on campus, including a college poster campaign, starting a college rep program, and a steering committee for college issues. Read more on Blake's weblog.

#10 Re: Re: Firefox devs and the community

by Gnu

Wednesday August 25th, 2004 7:18 PM

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I don't think it was as much the ideas as it was how much of a struggle they were to convey in the first place, as well as the handling of the community backlash.

I'm vividly aware that Mozilla, no matter how community-centred and open-sourced it is, still requires the resources of a traditionally managed project, and some unpopular decisions are going to be made. But the way that criticism is handled by some senior Foundation members -- just look at some of the recent suggestions and criticisms for the marketing initiatives as a minor example -- has been a bit unpleasant. Just about everyone here is a "shareholder" in Mozilla, in some respect -- be it by donating money, donating time in QA or coding, or what have you -- and we all have a right to know what goes behind these decisions, instead of being told "because we say so", which is the vibe a few folks have been getting lately. It's not just that we may disagree on the decisions that are being made, or feel like we aren't getting heard (it's hard /not/ to get heard around here); it's that we're often left out of the loop entirely, no matter how civil our debate is. We /do/ have a right to know, even if we can't do anything about it directly.