This wiki page is a place to collect ideas for updates to the About Mozilla page on www.mozilla.org.
Our current thinking is that the current About and Causes section should be merged since talking About Mozilla and Mozilla's mission separately just doesn't make much sense. The following is a plan for combining this content.
All content in the Causes section now should be moved or deleted.
These pages are the key part of the mission message and should be moved to a new Mission page in the About section.
This content has already been moved to a top-level Grants section.
To Delete and Redirect
There may be relevant content from these pages that are worth keeping, but the pages themselves don't need to be migrated.
We haven't decided if completed campaign pages should still be available or if they should be removed. Probably needs to be decided on case by case basis. Anything that should remain can be moved to a more appropriate place.
For future campaigns we can create a central repository for them or add them where appropriate. For instance, the Parks pages live in www.mozilla.org/parks instead of a specific campaign location.
The main issue in the About section is that the Manifesto is not the best way to introduce people to our community's mission and values. The Manifesto is the foundation for the mission, but we need a new Mission page that can then link to the Manifesto for anyone wanting to learn more. The main About page will also need to be rewritten to focus more on the mission and less on the community structure (which is important but can live on it's own page in the section).
New About Text
We’re a global community
of people working together since 1998 to build a better Internet.
We’re a non-profit organization
dedicated to promoting openness, innovation and opportunity online.
And we’re an open source project
whose software has been used to build some of the Internet’s best applications.
We believe that, as the most significant social and technological development of our time, the Internet is a public resource that must be improved and protected.
The Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to these goals, but the real force behind Mozilla is people around the world taking action to build the Web they want. And you can help!
Promo: Donate to the Mozilla Foundation. Making a donation is one of the ways you can help the Mozilla project.
Note: Possible design direction for page could include incorporating Mitchell's Mozilla tree metaphor as a visual way of getting at the complex nature of Mozilla.
New Mission Text
Mozilla's mission is to promote openness, innovation, and opportunity on the web. We do this by creating great software, like the Firefox browser, and providing tools, like the Drumbeat site, that can be used by people to take control of their online lives.
As a non-profit organization, we define success in terms of building communities and enriching people’s lives instead of increasing the price of our stock (guess what: we don’t even have stock). We believe in the power and potential of the Internet and want to see it thrive for everyone, everywhere.
Building a better Internet is an ambitious goal, but we believe that it is possible when people who share our passion get involved. Coders, artists, writers, testers, surfers, students, grandmoms—anyone who uses and cares about the web can help make it even better. Find out how you can help.
Promo: Learn more about the values and principles that guide the pursuit of our mission.
Promo: Something about parks? Maybe: Find out how protecting the digital commons is as important as protecting the physical commons? Too long as is.
Places where to promote the Mozilla Mission.
Note: Potential design/copy direction can be seen in initial mockups for new Causes main page.
Note: There are many different word lists we could use and there isn't really one right answer here.
New Governance Text
Mozilla is governed by a virtual management team made up of unpaid experts and employees from a range of companies. As an open source project structured as a meritocracy, responsibility is distributed to any community member as they show their abilities through contributions to the project.
Mozilla is an open source project governed as a meritocracy. Our community is structured as a virtual organization where authority is distributed to both volunteer and employed community members as they show their abilities through contributions to the project.
fantasai's doodles: Authority is what's distributed meritocratically. Responsibility is pretty much up for grabs: fulfilling responsibilities you take on is how you earn authority.
Learn more about who is involved with governance and how our global community works together on our common _mission_.
Roles and Responsibilities http://www.mozilla.org/about/roles.html
The current Manifesto landing page is a place holder that we initially intended to improve with a more digestible introductory version of the full contents of the Manifesto. The new Mission page is taking over this role though, so I'd recommend removing the current landing page and having the main Manifesto page be the English version with a prominent way for people to switch to other languages.
- Mission (or Mozilla's Mission?)
Note: Remember to update links in footer when updating the nav in this section.
Our goal for www.mozilla.org pages is to help advance web standards where possible. This page is light on design elements so there's not much opportunity to use some standards such as canvas or SVG. Our thinking is that this could be a good opportunity to showcase the new WOFF format. Some relevant links:
- Web Open Font Format for Firefox 3.6
- FontFonts on the Web, Starting Today
- Page about Meta font and WOFF
Note: We have a license for WOFF and EOT versions of the Meta fonts.