Le 08/06/2015 19:52, Robert Schweikert a écrit :
Therefore, I would say that if we want to have more contributors from around the world join we probably have to do better on the money front with TSP potentially covering more of the travel expenses. If that is an option I do not know.
this is probably only one factor and not the most important, yet any thing that makes it better would be good.
the way people travel changed in the last years. Now one can travel for cheap, but have to book a pretty long time in advance, so the TSP should first be started much sooner. An other solution to the same problem could be "mnage the flight, we manage the room", because it's pretty hard to synchronize flight and room.
but this can be done with some brainstorming at any moment, the sooner the better
I agree. The answer is probably more structure, i.e. e recipe that someone can follow. It will still be hard. Also having people that will do the promotion as part of their contributions to the openSUSE project.
I think the solution is not exactly this. A good organization need at least 5 people, better ten, but 5 (as main group) is already pretty good. We should also have two or three SUSE or board designated (,), experts to help very soo in the project, ti make clear to the organizer what need to be done.
But the only solution to have this is to build on a preexistent local group. We have to find some organization somewhere that can do the job, not an individual. And may be it's on the beginning what we have to do: build local groups. Ubuntu is able to send on nearly any meeting a group of five or so people with furnitures (looks sometime like a supermarket, no may be to follow).
building local group could be started by promoting local meetings. Lt's say: I could ten years ago find people to organize the coming on Toulouse of Richard Stalmann (just one day).
I could probably setup a one day conference on the subject "the openSUSE board: how openSUSE works", if two or three members of the board could come, I'm pretty sure I could find 50 people for the attendence.
In Toulouse, it's not to be done, because the main local Linux user grpup is mostly ubuntu.
It's just example, but could be discussed here. First build a local group, then ask this group to organize an OSC, then support the group to build on this.
for sure it's easier to say than to do...
As it stands today we have almost no marketing and promotion
of the project
and first re-building a marketting team is obvious :-)
If I take oSC 15 as an example, for a long time the event was primarily promoted within the openSUSE community. Only after it was obvious that we are not going to have a sufficient number of existing community members be present, did the marketing of the event take on the approach of reaching out to other parts of the FOSS community. With a changed charter this "reach out to others" would be there from the get go.
we could also think of the contrary: make a closed event, with limited attendence (100 people?) you will see many people asking to come :-))
For me part of that structure would also be per-existing teams, like a marketing/promotion team that promotes openSUSE anyway and promoting oSC is just part of what they do.
anyway all this are only ideas, but I glad we can have this discussion now. The other thread "why are we here" may also be very important