[geeklog-devel] Random notes and thoughts from FOSDEM

Rouslan Placella rouslan at placella.com
Tue Feb 7 05:31:35 EST 2012

On 07/02/12 09:17, Dirk Haun wrote:
> Seeing that I have a busy second half of the week ahead, I thought I'd
> rather post a random list of thoughts than wait until later, when I've
> forgotten most of it already ...
> 1) Open Advice, http://open-advice.org/
> If you haven't heard about it yet: Go there, download it, start reading.
> Lydia Pintscher (of KDE) put together a collection of short articles
> from all sorts of people involved in open source. The subtitle "What we
> wish we had known when we started" about sums it up. Useful insights and
> advice, not only in the lights of the upcoming GSoC but for open source
> contribution in general.
> 2) I had the pleasure of meeting Rouslan (Hi!). We only had time for a
> short chat since I had to run and catch my train, but it's always nice
> to meet the people behind the avatar (with or without wigs ;-) A few
> things I remember:
> - Homepage redesign, especially a new theme. We really need to do this.
> We need a nice theme and we need to unclutter the homepage. We should
> probably throw some of our money towards a new theme (any ideas how to
> best approach this? and any takers for someone taking care of that
> process?)
> - Unused patches and GSoC projects. We have so many patches and
> almost-finished GSoC projects sitting around and rotting, it's really
> embarrassing. To make it easier for people to contribute, Rouslan
> suggested to use Bitbucket (a service pretty much like GitHub, but using
> Mercurial instead of Git). Okay, let's try this. I've cloned the Geeklog
> repository here:
> https://bitbucket.org/geeklog/
> My own account is here: https://bitbucket.org/dhaun/
> I'll try and keep our own and the Bitbucket repositories in sync (maybe
> there's a way to automate this - have to check). If you have a patch
> that you want to contribute, please feel free to try out this route and
> send a pull request.
> Hmm, what else? I'm sure I've forgotten something. Rouslan?

I think that I mentioned something about the slogan of "the secure CMS", 
being quite a bit to live up to, but I think that's about it.

> 3) Bounties ... I've attended a few sessions about communities,
> community involvement, and the like. In one session (a round table
> discussion), someone asked about experiences with bounties. Turns out
> that none of the projects represented (all Linux distros in that case)
> are using bounties. And I think it's safe to say that our own
> experiments with bounties have failed (due to lack of rules for one
> thing, but there were also other factors). So I guess we need other ways
> to encourage people to contribute. Cleaning up our backlog (see above)
> would be a start.
> Thoughts?
> 4) In one session, the concept of "ambassadors" for a project was
> discussed. I kind of like the idea: We should have more presence at open
> source events, for example. Since I can't be anywhere, members of the
> community could represent Geeklog elsewhere. For example, I know that
> Ivy gave presentations about Geeklog in Japan. We should embrace such
> volunteering and support it where possible. Note: These don't need to be
> developers. In fact, it may even be better if they aren't ;-)
> Of course, this would need rules (as has also been stressed in that
> session). For example, an ambassador (or whatever we want to call it)
> should lose his or her status if they are inactive for too long.
> Fedora has some information about their ambassador program on their wiki:
> http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors
> http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors_FAQ
> Thoughts, opinions on that idea?
> bye, Dirk
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