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Re: [opensuse-project] Minutes from Board meeting on Dec 10
- From: Clayton <smaug42@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 22:40:01 +0100
- Message-id: <e29967880901091340l2eea936t612cca008689dad3@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
It's a really difficult question. I know a lot of people are
contributing, but that's because in some way they've reached out for
help in some way or made some noise. I also know that many people are
contributing quietly, in very valuable ways, but it's hard to identify
This same discussion pops up from time to time on the OpenOffice.org
community lists... it wobbles back and forth between do we have any
contributors at all to pick from other than a very small core group?
to who do we pick out of all the people who have made small but useful
A tough one to resolve. Recognition is important to encourage contributions.
Draw a line in the proverbial sand and start collecting input from
that point.. ie, don't grandfather it and award to the people who
stand out right now for whatever reason based on work they did on
Define specific areas for awards, and make it clear that the awards
are for the community contributors.
Award areas could be something like...
- Factory contributions (development, critical bug fixing)
- Build service efforts of some kind
- Community projects (like making a live cd)
- Documentation contributions (wiki, core docs, tutorials, etc)
- Providing consistent helpful responses on mailing lists.
- Taking initiative to provide community help/tools outside of the
Novell sponsored ones (like building up a successful community forum)
- Cash is nice :-) Maybe follow a similar vein as what the OOo
Community Council did in providing grants to people so that they could
attend the OOo Conference in Beijing this year (I met several people
there who were only able to attend with the money they received via an
award for a project they worked on).
- Public recognition? I don't know what is good here... but
sometimes simple things like the project leads naming people in a
newsletter, or general email to the project thanking them for their
contributions. Sometimes that is all that is needed.
- Free boxed openSUSE releases?
Ok, I'm running dry here... someone else's turn to do a brain dump now :-)
One thing that seems important in my observations is that those of us
paid to work on open source projects have quite a bit of an advantage
over the community at large... either in high volume project
contributions, or in the ability to attend community events, or some
other factor... and that really needs to be taken into consideration
in however this is dealt with in the long term.
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