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From Guy Waterval <>
Subject Re: AOO volunteers: essential skills and tasks
Date Tue, 30 Oct 2012 11:00:05 GMT
Hi Andrea,
Hi all,

2012/10/28 Andrea Pescetti <>

> On 23/10/2012 Rob Weir wrote:
>> New Volunteer Orientation root page:
> This is an excellent resource. But we received a few requests from
> prospective volunteers this weekend and I'm believing it would be
> overwhelming to point them there. I still believe these documents are
> excellent, but probably they are assuming our volunteer is above average,
> or at least willing to engage deeply with the project. They would be
> perfect for me, for you, or for a newcomer like Jan who has the skills and
> the mindset to understand in detail how things work.
> But we will also have (and we do have: most volunteers I see on the
> mailing lists in Italian fall in this category) volunteers who don't care
> that much about OpenOffice as a project: they use the product and just want
> to give something back. They want to scratch an itch, or just to do
> something, but they are very task-oriented: they want something to do
> rather than something to read. For example, we may have translation
> volunteers who would be perfectly satisfied if we e-mail them a PO file and
> tell them to grab POEdit and send the file back; and then they would
> consider a deeper engagement, but not earlier.

For people willing deeply be involved in the project, the Rob's way is
certainly the good one.
But for other people who will occasionally participate, why not a Post
Office where they could register (for security reasons, acceptation of the
license, etc.).
When they have time, they can visit the Post Office to see the list of to
do tasks, and they can download for instance a translation job. If they
think they have the skill to do it, they do the job and send it in the
pipeline. The Post Office managers collect the files and can propose them
for review before posting them to the right place in the project. So people
who not have necessary the skill or the necessary time to be involved
 deeply in the structure can also participate in the area where they are
competent and are not lost for the project.
Just an idea.



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