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Poll Result: More Project and Community Focus Desired

Posted by editor on June 26, 2009 at 8:22 AM PDT

A significant majority of participants in the latest poll would like to see increased project and community content on In particular, the poll participants would like to see more project demos and tutorials.

A total of 188 votes were cast. Here are the final results:

Which project and community (P/C) content would you like to see more of on

  • 11.7% (22 votes) - P/C news features
  • 3.7% (7 voters) - Interviews with P/C/ leaders
  • 5.3% (10 votes) - P/C-related podcasts
  • 57.9% (109 votes) - Project demos/tutorials
  • 15.4% (29 votes) - All of the above
  • 4.2% (8 votes) - The current coverage is fine
  • 1.5% (3 votes) - Other (please leave comment)

Two comments were posted. Peter noted:

Before anything is changed on the front page, the absolutely abysmal speed of and need to be solved. Community Manager Sonya Barry replied to Peter's comment, providing a status update on the ongoing efforts to address the performance issues:

You're absolutely right on the performance issue. We've been working on it for a while now. We are currently working on removing SSL from across the site (except log-in pages and CVS/SVN access) which will speed things up significantly on it's own. Once that's done we'll also be able to cache project pages should continue to improve performance. These changes are expected to be complete in September.

The poll result is not that surprising, looked at in retrospect. But, I would not have predicted this exact result when I created the poll last week. is a developer community, and the poll result reflects that clearly: developers want to see more detailed information especially about the software projects. This is a call to the project teams to spend more time publicizing their work, and making it more accessible to the broader community, through tutorials and published and/or downloadable demos. Project owners could publish more announcements on their project site, and use a blog to publish tutorials, demos, etc. Clearly the community would be pleased if this happened.

Meanwhile, there are a few things that can be done by me, as editor. First, anyone who has news related to a project or community can let me know about it, either through email, a comment posted to one of my editor's blogs, or using the Submit Content page. Secondly, I will be actively seeking input from community and project leaders, for news items, and to do interviews and possibly podcasts, since the poll result does show that these would interest quite a lot of people.

A lot of changes to are in the works. We'd like those changes to reflect the needs and desires of the community. So please, always feel free to suggest things you'd like to see on the site.

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