Below are lists of "Do"s and "Don't"s to reference when forming public communication pieces. These lists provide a place to gather our collected wisdom and customs around public communication.

KDE Software Compilation (SC)

The KDE SC is not a product which we promote as a single entity. It is a part of the release engineering process and marks the epochal events where KDE releases a large set of KDE software at once in a coordinated release event.

In fact, most articles discussing KDE software should not need to mention KDE SC at all but should instead focus on the workspaces, individual applications and application suites and/or the development platform. These represent the actual products which we strive to promote.

When used in an article, the phrase "KDE Software Compilation" should always be spelled out in full at least once in full. "KDE SC" is vague, insiders-jargon without that.

Consult the Branding Information for more details on how KDE SC fits into the bigger picture.

KDE e.V.

Do not use the phrase "the KDE e.V.", it is instead just "KDE e.V.". Example:

The developer sprint was sponsored by the KDE e.V.

should be:

The developer sprint was sponsored by KDE e.V.

When referring to the membership or other bodies, the article "the" may be used. Example:

The KDE e.V. Board of Directors met for three days in Berlin this week.
When it came time for a vote on the matter, the KDE e.V. membership gathered to make their collective voice heard.

Always provide a link to when mentioning KDE e.V.

Social Media

KDE has a wide range of social media accounts that need regular and frequent updates. To use the social media correctly and not contravene KDE's values, read and apply the following guidelines to your posts:

Upholding our Values

  1. First and foremost: Posts must be in line with our vision, mission, Code of Conduct, and goals. Read about all of them first before even considering posting.
  2. Don't encourage people to do things that are against our values.
  3. Cooperate with fellow organizations and support ideas that align with our values. (patrons, partners, advisory board, affiliates). Celebrate their successes.
  4. Think about whether a comment is worth replying to. Avoid obvious trolls. Respond to the content, not the tone.
  5. Do not bash people or their projects. Other FLOSS projects are not competitors.
  6. Own mistakes and put them into context.

Fostering Contributions

  1. Redirect support requests to forums, bug reports to bugzilla.
  2. Wherever appropriate, encourage people to join the community and contribute. Show how people are contributing and make people know they can contribute easily.

Posting with Style

  1. For better impact, always include a colorful, busy image that's up to date.
  2. Always try to include a Call to Action, even if it is just "Click here to read more...".
  3. Try not to use "if" and "please" in a Call to Action.
    Don't say:
    "If you would like to help us, pleasedonate here."
    Do say:
    "You can help us by donating here."
  4. Use the generic "you"/"we" (and avoid passives)
  5. Personalise, remind readers there are humans behind each project.
  6. Mention other people's/projects you're talking about and link to them.
    Don't say:
    "There is a new version of Krita out."
    Do say:
    "The developers working on the @Krita_Painting application have just released a new version."
  7. "Question marks draw attention to themselves" (in detriment of the message). Use them sparingly. If you think ending a tweet with a full stops is curt (.), don't sweat it -- most should end with a link anyway.
  8. Other things you should use sparingly: the word "awesome" and emojis.
  9. Make it about the reader:
    Don't say:
    "Kdenlive is awesome!!!!!!"
    Do say:
    "Make your best movies with Kdenlive."

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