The issue has come up about where to post news releases and other company product news. The PIUG space home page states "Commercial vendors and participants should follow the Guidelines for Commercial Participation in the wiki, news section, and discussion forums." Those guidelines have not changed since content and functionality was moved from the PIUG website to the PIUG wiki and discussion forums. But there is no guidance on posting news items vs. PIUG-DF topics.
In the past, we only had one choice, the PIUG Discussion List (PIUG-L). Now we have its direct replacement, PIUG-DF, and the News function of the wiki. The former uses the Add Topic link on the main PIUG-DF page. The later uses the Add News Item link and the Recent News Items archives link near the top of the left sidebar of every PIUG space page.
There isn't (yet) a clear explanation about what should be posted as a news item and what on the PIUG-DF. There isn't much difference between them. Since the PIUG-DF is a "discussion forum," I advise users to post on PIUG-DF whey they are sharing learnings and/or looking for "discussion," comments, or feedback. Otherwise, press release-type information and simple announcements should be news items; comments are still possible for news items. Jim Brown of Fiz Karlsruhe has started making good use of news items. Most other information providers have been using PIUG-DF since it seems most analogous to the old PIUG-L. I have been thinking about asking people to reconsider how they post. The PIUG-DF would be a lot less cluttered without all these press releases and product announcements. News items and PIUG-DF posts are all findable via wiki search or external search engine search.
Of course, there are differences between posting news and posting on PIUG-DF. The main differences are where people see the listing of topics and how they are notified. The PIUG space main page lists six recent PIUG-DF topics, a short list of the PIUG-DF page. People have to be proactive to check out news, either via the calendar on the PIUG space page or via the Recent News Items archives link. As for email notification, everybody gets a daily update email message by default at midnight GMT, which contains all new and edited new content: news items, discussion list postings, and other wiki pages. Similarly, everyone "watching" the whole PIUG Space will be notified by full-content email messages of all the new content. The issue is people watching only PIUG-DF: they would not get an email message for a new news items but would see the news title with a link in the daily update. I encourage people to watch the whole space via Settings...Watch this Space as long as their email threshold is not exceeded, not a problem yet at current PIUG wiki participation. Of course, some will take advantage of the option to "Watch this Forum" if they aren't already watching the space. I don't have an easy way to determine how many people are doing what, but I am reasonably sure that many people aren't yet doing either. In fact, we still have nearly 40% of current PIUG members who haven't yet signed up for the wiki. I hope they are at least manually checking the wiki for new content.
Can I get some feedback on a policy for using either "News Items" or PIUG-DF for press-release and product announcements?