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From Ross Gardler <rgard...@opendirective.com>
Subject RE: How to grow podling communities
Date Wed, 28 Nov 2012 07:38:45 GMT
Forgot a few for the list...

Lucy is running a book club - they meet on Google Hangouts and discuss how
an appropriate book chapter might apply to their project. This was recently
reported in their board report and early feedback is very positive.

OpenOffice are building a "course" for new community members. The goal is
to
guide people through the learning process aroun

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Luciano Resende [mailto:luckbr1975@gmail.com]
> Sent: 27 November 2012 17:40
> To: general@incubator.apache.org
> Subject: Re: How to grow podling communities
>
> On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 3:50 PM, Ross Gardler
> <rgardler@opendirective.com>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
> http://people.apache.org/~lresende
> http://twitter.com/lresende1975
> http://lresende.blogspot.com/

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