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Thu 14 Nov 2013, 08:20 PM
Not a lot of progress today, but good places to start. Started up my own "site" with Microsoft for Office 365 and SharePoint last night, so I went back and it was all there and functioning. Impressed at how easy that was.  Maybe I am just a bit leery of large corporations and websites after Partnerworld. Anyway, a pleasant surprise, but only if I can figure out what to do.

Played around a little, then when and sought Tom Duff's advice on where/how/why to get started. Both he and Joe Litton chimed in and recommended http://sharepoint-community.net.

I must say, I got a laugh from the pseudo-CAPTCHA on the community's sign up. Past that, it is a bit of a blur trying to get a sense of where to look first. Oh well, I'll keep at it and let you know how it goes. 


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Thu 14 Nov 2013, 09:18 AM



In a comment on my last post, Christian Tillmanns suggested that writing a whole book was too much, but one chapter would be doable, and Paul Mooney chimed in that a history of the Lotus community would be fun. What if anybody in the Yellowverse who was interested tell your story/stories about what the Lotus community has meant to you. No particular rules, tell the good, bad or ugly. Anything that would be fun for the rest of us to share. I would then publish them on Smashwords for free (and on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for the minimum, $0.99, if people think that is a good idea). Because each is a small, individual project, there can be as many or few as people like, and they can show up whenever they show up. They can be a couple of pages or twenty pages or five hundred pages. Doesn't much matter. Bytes don't weigh much. By the way, I use the term "Lotus community" on purpose. I know it isn't attached to the products anymore, but neither are many of you. The community grew under the name Lotus, so I think it fits.

Obviously, from the very start, there is no money in it. The only goal is capturing some of what the Lotus community has meant to us over the years. No pressure, no need to sweat deadlines. I would be editor, because somebody has to read the damn things and find typos and such, as well as make sure the formatting is ready for publishing. Any tiny trickle of money that came in would go to the coffee fund to make sure I was awake enough to keep doing this stuff.

Anybody interested? 

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