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Fabien Pinckaers (fp)

Q&A, mailing lists and much more

Successful Open Days 2014

Open Days 2014 were a huge success and we are happy to receive positive feedback from all participants. The event was great and it was a pleasure for us to meet people from our amazing community, share ideas and learn about what people are doing with Odoo.

The quality of Odoo community is incredible and the Open Days perfectly reflected this.
In case you missed something, you can find a nice summary with all the stats, pictures, videos, presentations and info here.

Community Q&A

When we launched the new Odoo.com website, we replaced our Q&A website
(based on Askbot, Drupal) with a new Odoo module. Since this launch, the community forum's activity increased by 35% with 2.183 posts in june, compared to an average of 1.618 posts per month over the past 3 months.

But the most interesting part is that the growth is thanks to an increase of the number of answers, not the number of questions. In june 2014, more answers have been posted than questions. (1.213 answers for 970 questions.)

15.294 questions were asked over the past 16 months and 60% of these questions have an answer. 970 questions were asked in june 2014 and 890 of them have at least one answer. This gives us a 92% answer rate in
june, a huge improvement compared to previous months! We can expect the forum to stick to a 85% answer rate in the future.

On top of this, the Odoo Q&A application has been improved and new features will appear at the next SaaS upgrade. We have added some new features, such as: convert an answer to a comment, convert a comment to
an answer, better karma handling, etc.

Functional Documentation: How-Tos

We started a new functional documentation for version 8. Over the past month, we already wrote 70 how-tos. You can have a look at the new functional documentation.

We also worked on a collaborative process allowing everyone to contribute to the official documentation. The documentation is built on
top of the best Questions in the Q&A, allowing everyone to contribute by creating or modifying questions. (you need to have a karma above 200)

Then, our documentation team follows an editorial process to improve the content. You can get more information about this new community flow.

Community Mailing Lists

Since we move all development efforts from Launchpad to Github, we will also stop using Launchpad's mailing lists. These will be replaced by the mailing list app of Odoo. As we will not import community members automatically, we suggest you to subscribe to these lists if you want to
stay in the community mailing lists.

Pull Requests

For 2 months, we managed to process 100% of the pull requests on master. This was probably the biggest demand from the community. Now, pull requests are under control, no starvation anymore. All your contributions will be processed quickly. The move to github and the reinforcement of our R&D team helped a lot. Runbot has also been improved to test pull requests automatically and mark them green or red on github. This speeds up the review process a lot.

In terms of numbers, since we moved to Github (one month ago), we received 333 pull requests from the community and we already closed 298 of them (89%). In total, including our own R&D teams, 513 pull requests have been done and 423 of these have been closed. (82%). From the 35 pull requests in progress: 14 have less than a week, 13 are under discussions and 6 are in progress.

You can find more information in the github wiki.

Improve Community Collaboration

After several discussions with community members during the Open Days and the OCA members, we decided that we will organize code sprints with the community. We will announce the first code sprints in a few weeks. They will be dedicated to reports and accounting.

Over the next 3 months, we will also create three crowd funding campaigns like the POS one. The campains will be on accounting, MRP and themes for the CMS.

Translation of the Website

With the Gengo integration of the new Odoo CMS, websites can be translated automaticaly by professional translators. We launched
theprocess to translate the official Odoo website to French. In near future, we will translate the website to Spanish, Dutch and German. Any feedback on the quality of the translation is welcome!

New features and V8

We have a lot of news to share with you, but future announcements will be done on the new community mailing lists. You can subscribe here.

Next week, we will keep you informed about the new features that have been developed over the past 4 weeks and about the version 8 release.