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From Anthony Baker <aba...@pivotal.io>
Subject Re: Starter tickets
Date Fri, 02 Mar 2018 18:34:37 GMT
Good idea!  We he have a few other labels relevant to this as well:

- newbie
- low-hanging-fruit

Anthony


> On Mar 2, 2018, at 10:03 AM, Alexander Murmann <amurmann@pivotal.io> wrote:
> 
> Hi all,
> 
> I think we could make it easier for people to find tasks that can be their
> first contribution to Geode. The wiki page on how to contribute
> <https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/GEODE/How+to+Contribute> has a
> list of suggested projects. Most of those are pretty ambitious and likely
> would be overwhelming to first time contributors. There also is a link
> to tickets
> labeled with "Starter"
> <https://issues.apache.org/jira/issues/?jql=project%20%3D%20Geode%20AND%20labels%20%3D%20starter%20AND%20status%20in%20%28Open%2C%20%22In%20Progress%22%2C%20Reopened%29>.
> I think the later is probably a much better angle for someone to start
> contributing to Geode. Unfortunately there was less than a handful of
> tickets labeled as starter tickets.
> 
> My suggestion is to find tickets that strike a healthy balance between being
> 
>   - simple enough that someone new to the code base can realistically take
>   them on
>   - rewarding enough that someone can feel a sense of accomplishment after
>   having their PR merged
>   - small enough that it can be accomplished in an evening or at most a
>   long weekend
>   - unlikely to result in conflicts with larger efforts that someone is
>   already undertaking
> 
> It would be great to have a variety of tickets that have different levels
> of complexity and required effort to allow new contributors of varying
> experience levels to start contributing meaningfully and maybe even support
> somewhat of a progression curve for someone who wants to become a regular
> contributor or even committer.
> 
> I'd also suggest to not allow the list to grow too large. If the list gets
> bigger than 20-30 tickets it might get too hard to keep a clear grasp on it
> and the risk of having tickets that aren't relevant anymore increases.
> Nothing would be more frustrating to a new contributor than investing their
> personal time just to find out that it was wasted. So let's be mindful of
> not using this as a dumping ground for everything we'd like to see, but
> know we'll never get to.
> 
> I already labeled a few more tickets as starter. Please feel free to
> validate that I didn't violate my own suggestions in doing so.
> 
> Thoughts?


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