[Zope-Annce] Report of the International Zope Documentation Summit

Martijn Faassen faassen@vet.uu.nl
Sat, 8 Jul 2000 21:22:41 +0200

Report of the International Zope Documentation Summit 2000

The International Zope Documentation Summit 2000 in Stuttgart,
Germany, was a great success! After many hours spent with grueling
discussions of the various aspects of Zope Documentation, all parties
finally managed to reach an important agreement:

  * The Zope Documentation needs to be improved.

All Zope documenters are now fully focused on reaching this one
target. The delegates would like to thank the Jolt Cola company, the
Penguin Caffeinated Peppermint company and that great Mexican
restaurant for their valuable assistance.

A small tension arose when the Swiss delegation found that the rest of
the world would not agree upon the fact that Zope was just a simple
CGI script. They argued that this means we obviously don't live in the
same world as they do, so we wouldn't have anything to say to each
other. We reached the compromise to postpone this discussion until the
next summit to be held in Geneva, where we will talk things over again
in their world.

At LinuxTag, which happened to be a small sideshow held around our
summit, we found that we were surrounded by the competition. On one
side, SourceForge. No problem, cool, you'd say. The Python source is
on SourceForge, after all. But then we notice the Evil Conspiracy: on
our other side is the PHP booth! Which site uses a lot of PHP?
SourceForge! We prepared ourselves with cool Zope posters, but it
turned out that they were not enough to defend ourselves from such

Early on thursday the battle reached a stalemate situation. We managed
to keep hostilities on the show floor moderate afterwards, and the
casuality count was limited during the rest of the show. We consider
this a great success. It must be mentioned that this was only possible
by signing a pact with the numerically superior BSD camp early on,
which agreed to leave us alone if we accepted to run FreeBSD on our

We are still trying to find out which treasonous organisation was
responsible for the extreme heat on the show floor.

Back to the summit, another important agreement was to continue to
absolutely deny any connection between us and the Open Source
Liberation Army. While disagreeing with us may cause the wrath of this
organisation to descend on you, we have nothing whatsoever to do with
it. We also deny holding any secret Zope Terrorism BOF on sunday. 

Furthermore, the presence of Richard Stallman at LinuxTag was a pure
coincidence. However hard to believe, his singing was entirely for
entertainment purposes. We also did not exchange any coded messages
with Rasterman. Again, we cannot be held responsible for anyone
blowing you up if you disagree with us.

We agreed that it was necessary to hold another Zope Summit soon, lest
Zope be completely rudderless without our benign and enlightened
guidance. Since we have no connection whatsoever with the Open Source
Liberation Army, we're sure you'll agree with us without protest.