LET'S GET STARTED ON AN UPDATE... NOW
Hello All -
I wanted to take a moment to reply to the excellent outline SixFootJames posted -- 2 months ago -- and to which no-one has stepped up for a reply. The short answer, which I will elaborate on, is that no-one is stepping forward, so in the best spirit of open source... it's up to us.
Now, first I will tell you my background. My company Webdirexion LLC (formerly WebFadds), has built commercial child themes with Thematic for around 3 years. We owe a debt of gratitude to the originators (Thanks again Ian and Chris), and loyal supporters who help people here on this board (Gene, Kathy and others), so we also built the site http://ThematicMondo.com (back from a hack attack) with references, tutorials, and a gallery of themes created with Thematic. This site aims to support the community via training, news, and recognition of both leaders and great child themes. Below, I will state my commitment to a Thematic upgrade.
SPECIFIC REPLIES TO SIXFOOTJAMES SUGGESTIONS:
1. Decide where the new home of Thematic is going to be. (I see talks of thematic4you.com becoming the permanent home, is that finalised?)
--> That was an older suggestion, then Gene had a new idea for a home, but Gene has dropped off the radar. I will donate hosting space, if needed. I suggest we post suggested sites, then vote as a community and move, move MOVE.
2. Install open source project management software on that domain.
--> Great. I assume you will help with that James? I will also donate a project manager we use for our company projects if you like -- see: http://teamworkpm.com
--> The new site can have three basic links on the homepage to get started: Thematic Learning (wiki, tutorials) | Thematic Help & Discussion | Thematic PROJECT (the project manager, SVN, and Milestone Calendar). I will help build this site, if the community wishes.
3. Assign someone with strong project management skills to the task of delegation.
--> James? I can also help with communication of same.
4. Identify all the issues/tasks we currently have in the online project management tool.
--> Note that there is an SVN repository for the project now, and Ian, Gene, and I believe Chris hold the keys. Let's set up the team, pick the lead programmer and project manager and get going.
5. Identify contributors strengths and weaknesses.
--> We have a number here, and I will also bring at least one PHP programmer that has skills better than my own to the project. We CAN do this.
6. Assign contributors to these different tasks in order of priority.
--> The more I read how you think about this, James, I would nominate you for project manager.
7. Set up milestones for when these tasks will be completed given the amount of resources available
--> I use a paid Project Management software that is excellent for our company projects... http://teamworkpm.com. I know you said "open source" for same, James, but I am willing to donate a project in this software to get going, keep it on track, and GET IT DONE (can you tell I am anxious too?)
I'm committed, and a number of others are. But I am not a scratch PHP programmer. We need a leader who will commit to 3-6 months work for this.
Here is my commitment to the community:
* I will help with CSS programming
* I will help facilitate using a screenshare/conference call app I have
* I will continue to write tutorials
* I will publish dates, and help communicate on the boards
* I will bring experienced programmers to also help
* I will continue to publish support tutorials, recognize leaders, and show site examples at http://ThematicMondo.com
* I will help build and host the new Thematic site
I look forward to working with you all to make this happen soon.
CONSIDER THIS A CALL FOR LEAD PHP PROGRAMMER FOR THEMATIC. If more than one replies, we can vote as a community with guidance from Ian, Chris, and Gene (if they are still interested).