[geeklog-devel] Perception is everything...

Andre Bluehs contagious at gatech.edu
Thu Apr 10 01:09:14 EDT 2008

I think you may be right about the momentum SoC will give you. Over the 
summer there will be an injection of new ideas, personalities, 
experiences that will probably give some really good ideas for 
names/strategies. I hope to work on it, and i definitely plan to preach 
from the highest ...uh... forums... about what i'm doing, what can be 
done with GL, and that people should give it a try.

Its almost as if after this summer and making all the changes, GL would 
get a fresh start with 2.0.

Anyway, those are my thoughts about the subject.

Andre Bluehs || contagious at gatech.edu

Blaine Lang wrote:
> Dirk Haun wrote:
> > It may be a language issue, but I never had a problem over here 
> "selling" Geeklog. If anything, the name was considered a bit bland 
> and non-descriptive, but not "offensive".
> The name issue has always been a problem for me and I think many of us 
> when describing the solution/framework. I used to be a lot more 
> sensitive to the funny looks I would get and mostly ignore the looks 
> now but know it definitely effects our ability to sell GL to customers 
> and potential developers that I have tried to get involved. If a 
> developer or a user spends much time with GL then they can appreciate 
> it but it definitely is a challenge or hurdle at first impressions. 
> Just today, I had lunch with a long-time friend that now has a senior 
> management position. Trying to describe what I do and using the word 
> Geeklog makes it sound like we are using a 3rd rate solution.
> Joomola which is a fork of Mambo had some initial "what's that 
> comments" and now it's more well known then Mambo is. We need a name 
> like Drupal which sounds great, means nothing, in any language that I 
> know, and does not give any negative impressions.
> As part of the name change would be a new site design and 
> communication plan. This is really the same approach the Core team 
> discussed 2-3 years ago. I think leveraging the SOC and getting 
> community support with case studies would really help sell the new 
> re-launch. The community has some large sites that should be willing 
> to help us with cross-marketing.
> This has been a long-time desire of mine to have a better name and 
> just felt there was not enough support to make this happen.
> I agree with Mark that we also need to get our project resources setup 
> properly as it's a bit embarrassing ;)
> Are there not members of the community that can offer their time and 
> experience to setup the needed applications?
> Blaine
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