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Civility in critiquing the ideas of others is no vice. Rudeness in defending your own ideas is no virtue.


Tue 8 Nov 2005, 12:24 PM
OpenNTF is really cooking (intentional pun on their chef theme) these days.  The projects seem to be hopping, the downloads seem to be growing, the energy is almost palpable.  I guess it is a bit like launching a new product.  No matter how good, it takes a while for people to hear of it, then hear of it again, then try it out, and finally buy it, then talk to their friends about it.  Similarly, lots of people by now have heard of OpenNTF, heard of it again, maybe seen a template used at Lotusphere, finally found a need and downloaded a template, and now are talking to their friends about it.  Pretty cool!

Even cooler, in my mind, are the branches.  The WikiFAQ has just started over there, although we won't make a lot of noise until it is a bit more populated and ready, and there seem to be other ideas popping up each day.  A fellow blogger had an idea (which I won't talk about yet), I responded with a follow up, and by the next day, we had contacted Bruce Elgort and were talking about how it could be hosted by OpenNTF.  It is like the better social software which starts to morph almost on its own.

So, keep an eye on OpenNTF.  I think you'll be surprised at how big a factor it will be in the next couple of years in the Notes/Domino world.

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