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From Luciano Resende <>
Subject Re: How to grow podling communities
Date Tue, 27 Nov 2012 17:39:34 GMT
On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 3:50 PM, Ross Gardler <>wrote:

> Growing community is about "getting the message out there". There has to
> be someone in the project who wants to do that. Some techniques are:
> - press
> - community events
> - mentoring (that is mentoring of potential new committers)
> - fast turnaround on patch reviews
> - regular releases
> - decent website
> - tutorials
> - screencasts
> - public discussion (even with self while no community exists)
> Developing code for one's own use is all well can good but it does not
> build community and trying to build community doesn't, in the short term,
> write code. It's a catch-22.
> Personally I have no problem with a podling having low activity. A single
> developer doing their thing in the incubator is not going to hurt anyone.
> What I'm concerned about is a podling that is not doing any of the above
> community development activities or, even worse, is ignoring potential
> contributors.
> I don't think it is the responsibility of ComDev to do this, although one
> could argue ComDev should be documenting these techniques in ways useful to
> mentors. I don't think it is the job of mentors (or the IPMC) to do this
> either. It is entirely the PPMC responsibility. In my opinion.
This is exactly things that I want to bring up to the podling attentions, a
list of things that they could do to try to build/increase the community.
Once we collect a list of them, we can document it and use it as
suggestions for struggling podlings.

My main goal is to avoid mentors coming to a podling and telling them its
time to retire, but pointing them to resources that can help them get out
of the retirement situation.

The IPMC and ComDev should always be here to help, documenting the things
that have worked in the past, and facilitating access to resources that can
help the podlings.

Luciano Resende

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