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From Keith Turner <>
Subject Re: Growing project involvement
Date Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:37:29 GMT
I think a minimal getting started guide is needed on the web site.
Something that will take a user from download to running on a cluster in as
few steps as possible.  This info is buried in the README, but there is too
much other stuff in the readme.

On Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 4:09 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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