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From Josh Elser <>
Subject Re: Growing project involvement
Date Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:49:28 GMT
There is the voting feature on JIRA. We could try to encourage more use 
of that? Make a filter that orders Accumulo issues by votes?

Andrew Wells wrote:
> A thread like this makes me want to contribute more. Maybe a mailing list
> that people can fire off Jira tickets that have a dire need. Like a bounty
> list
> On Jan 13, 2015 8:06 PM, "Mike Drob"<>  wrote:
>> A reoccurring issue that I've seen is that our discussions tend to go deep
>> rather than broad. This isn't to say that high discussion volume is bad,
>> but it certainly can be intimidating, and not just for newcomers. I think
>> this is a result of topic A leading to topic B leading to topic C, and so
>> on, all in the same thread. When there are already 30 messages in a thread,
>> it becomes nigh inaccessible to folks that have not been following it
>> already.
>> I would like to see a greater effort to split discussions when there is a
>> change in topic. This is useful both for the participants' sanity, as well
>> as future searchers trawling through list archives.
>> Mike
>> On Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 1:09 PM, Josh Elser<>  wrote:
>>> 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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