I would like to put my strategy of Hubzilla advocacy for discussion. There has been criticism on Wikipedia regarding a link to my news item on prolinux.de. Thank you to @neue medienordnung plus
for making me aware of this.
To be clear I do receive this as a criticism only partially of the article itself, though that's implicit. The main criticism goes towards linking it. Though I also read it as an implicit criticism of being involved with the project and publishing. I want to stress that I never hid my involvement to the site admin and in order to get this out I proudly added hubzilla.rocks to my profile shortly after the thing was published. I never intended this to be linked, but I will come back to that thought later. My mistake was not to have made that clear towards those who are involved with the article.
Please let me paraphrase the points given I see as discussion worthy before I add my own thoughts. The writer who goes by the nick of "BunchTiredness" has written anonymously, appears to have no Wikipedia account (at least I believe so as their nick links to no profile page but I am not familiar enough with WP) and they seem to be one of us as they write "our project" meaning Hubzilla.
- The article is pseudo journalistic as the author (me) even gives hubzilla.rocks as homepage and is running the official project website.
- Wouldn't it be better to wait until the project has reached an organically grown relevance?
- Such pseudo relevances are harming our project by ridiculing it
OK, here are my thoughts. Pro-Linux.de is a community generated news site that is run by one person who lecors and publishes provided texts. He writes very clearly that everyone is welcome to write as otherwise running this website is not managable on the long term. But I am not hiding that I am affiliated to Hubzilla and very intentionally so. I am proud if it.
Upon my intention with writing the news item. Well, it is an often moaned fact that HZ does get little attention. IMO this is because so far there has been little true outside
activism. Right now I sense a momentum that this might be changing with quite a few new passionate members. Welcome to you all, I am happy to see you here. But I have been with this project since 2012 when it still was Friendica and I am still very passionate about it. Regarding organically grown relevance, well, there hardly is any. There will be none if we keep on staying inside our bubble.
Though yes, I do see it as an error to use this
article as a link at Wikipedia. @Sean Tilley
is in another league, it's really good while this is more like advertising, yes. But even as I was finally put across the edge to get active by this WP thing and one part was yes, with creating relevance for a WP entry, it's by no means restricted to that. I am working on a much broader scale, my intention is merely to add to the picture so that we will gain momentum and relevance so that it will not need my article (at least not this one) to get the entry.So please let me put up to discussion what I am setting out to do.
- If we as a project will not work together we will achieve nothing.
- I want to do my part by writing and trying to get us into the community sites. Write and publish outside of our HZ bubble.
- My thoughts are: By doing that we will slowly get more presence. Hopefully others will pick up on our existance ( @Waitman Gobble :) and write something, too. That way we may work our way up to be seen, to spread the idea of Zot.
To be 100% clear: I did not do this to get linked at WP. I see this as a very first step. I believe we are who need to start talking about HZ and Zot. Because no-one else will.
I am planning to do this again, and also for English speaking sites. I have already started preparing something in German and English for HZ 4.0 so that I will have it once we will need it.
Plus I am writing a longer introduction to HZ for Pro-Linux.de because it is wanted
. They are eager
to feature Hubzilla. That can certainly be translated or rewritten to English.
I believe we need many voices talking, I want to be one. But given that criticism I want to put this up to discussion and collect opinions whether I should continue.