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What should “Should be” be?

Some community members are already familiar with the “What should opensource.com be?” section on the site. The original idea was to create a section for constant feedback and a place where we could announce new additions and features to the community.

I think calling the section “Should be” is confusing and doesn't serve our original intention. It's meant to be » Read more

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Proposed changes to comment section

Thanks to our community members who provided feedback and bug reports on our commenting section. We are currently working to resolve these issues and improve the way comments are laid out. But before we make those changes, we wanted to open up the proposed fixes for your feedback. » Read more

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Poll: Which type of session is most appealing?

We'll be attending Red Hat Summit / JBoss World this year in Boston, MA from May 3-6, 2011. The opensource.com team has a speaking slot on Friday morning and we'd like your help to determine what we should focus us. Thanks for your feedback.

If you voted "Other," please use the comments to explain.

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Tell us your favorite part of the celebration

We hope you've had a chance to celebrate our anniversary this week with us. There's been a lot to see, do, and participate in, and we'd like to know what your favorite was. Thanks for your feedback, and feel free to add other comments below.

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Spotlight on our community

We're happy to announce another new feature on opensource.com. The Contributor Spotlight now appears on the homepage and features users from our community.

Right now, we don't have any specific rules about who can go there or how long they stay. Our current thinking is the Contributor Spotlight will change weekly. We intend to use this space to highlight users who » Read more

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Reflections on one year of opensource.com

A year ago today, we turned on the lights at opensource.com.

Our hope a year ago was to create a place where people could gather to learn about and contribute to the growing movement toward applying open source principles beyond the software industry.

You have shared your stories about how open source principles are changing your world and the world around us. » Read more

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Beta points and badge system

Today you might have noticed a few new things on opensource.com, like badges appearing under users in the comments. We're launching a points and badge system (in beta) for the site. We're still ironing out some bugs, but here's a little more about the system and why we're doing it.

Meritocracy is at the heart of every open source project, including this one. The people who work the hardest and care the most end up running the show. Our new badge and points system will highlight the various ways that each of us participates on opensource.com.

Every day people visit the site, rate content, add comments, and share their favorite posts across social media. And they do it because they care about the ideas and information they find on opensource.com.

But some people care just a little big more, and we want to recognize and build on their contributions. » Read more

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Request your limited edition opensource.com anniversary t-shirt today

They're all gone! Thanks to everyone who requested a shirt. For those of you who didn't get one, you've still got a chance through our Twitter giveaway.

Tomorrow’s the first anniversary of opensource.com, and it’s been a fantastic year, thanks to you. Whether it’s by writing articles or reading them and sharing the stories, you helped us highlight nearly 550 ways open source touches our businesses, education systems, governments, laws, and lives.

In celebration of this milestone, we're giving away special edition one-year anniversary t-shirts to registered members who » Read more

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Making it easier to share

Starting two weeks ago, you might have noticed some shiny new objects on the site. In fact, some of you have already been distracted by them. Others of you might not have noticed at all. So we're making sure.

We finally added share buttons to each article. Specifically, we added buttons for Twitter, identi.ca, reddit, StumbleUpon, and Facebook.

The suggestion came during our first Open Your World webcast series with Stefan Lindegaard. During the pre-call, Stefan said something to the effect of, “Why don't you just put a big Twitter button on the page so I can share this content.” So we did. » Read more

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Poll: Your reading preferences

We're eager to learn about our readers. Leave some comments on how we can improve things for you.

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