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From Josh Elser <>
Subject Growing project involvement
Date Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:09:21 GMT
I meant to send this out closer to the new year (to ride on the new year 
resolution stereotype), but I slacked. Forgive me.

As should be aware by those paying attention, we have had very little 
growth within the project over the past 6-9 months. We've had our normal 
spattering of contributions, a few from some repeat people, but I don't 
think we've grown as much as we could.

I wanted to see if anyone has any suggestions on what we could try to do 
better in the coming year to help more people get involved with the 
project. I don't want this to turn into a "we do X wrong" discussion, so 
please try to stay positive and include suggestion(s) for every problem 
presented when possible.

Also, everyone should feel welcome to participate in the discussion 
here. If you fall into the "bucket" described, I'd love to hear from 
you. If anyone doesn't want to publicly respond, please feel free to 
email me privately and I'll anonymously post to the list on your behalf.

Some ideas to start off discussion:

* Help reduce barrier to entry for new developers
   - Ensure imple/easy-to-process instructions for getting and building 
code in common environments
   - Instructions on running tests and reporting issues

* More high-level examples
   - Maybe we start too deep in distributed-systems land and we scare 
away devs who think they "don't know enough to help"
   - Recording "newbie" tickets and providing adequate information for 
anyone to come along and try to take it on
   - Encourage/help/promote "concrete" ideas/code in the project. 
Something that is more tangible for devs to wrap their head around (also 
can help with adoption from new users)

* Better documentation and "marketing"
   - We do "ok" with the occasional blog post, and the user manual is 
usually thorough, but we can obviously do better.
   - Can we create more "literature" to encourage more users and devs to 
get involved, trying to lower the barrier to entry?

Thanks all.

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