On august 15th - 16th the first ever TWiki community summit was held in Rome. The event was sponsered by TWIKI.NET, the recently introduced provider of a commercial, certified TWiki distribution. The summit was attended by 12 people, among which a large number of long-time contributors. All attendants left the meeting with a very positive feeling, which is not surprising given the constructive dialogues and important decisions made.
One of those decisions, of which this article is the first result, is to install a number of TWiki blogs on the TWiki.org website. These blogs (and a derived newsletter) will provide users and contributors alike with a 'the current state of TWiki' at a glance. This feature has been lacking. Discussion around new features, existing problems and future directions are held in the Codev web, a part of the TWiki.org site. With the blog, we present an accessible digest of what is going on in that web.
Apart from this general blog there will be more specific blogs. For now, we have settled on at least a blog dedicated to development issues and one for usability issues. Of course, we can expand on this. If any of you have suggestions, do not hesitate to bring them up in the comments or anywhere else in the TWiki community. And of course, you can write a blog post for these blogs yourself, if you want to share your views or interesting project within or with TWiki.
If you want to take a look at the many results this summit has yielded, feel free to visit the minutes. They are brief, but will no doubt be expanded on. In the Codev web, which will still be the main point for discussion of features and such, but also on these blogs.