Encouring contribution (was Re: Launchpad team management)

Matthew East mdke at ubuntu.com
Wed May 9 07:41:46 UTC 2007

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Hi Freddy,

* Freddy Martinez:
> I like the way the team is now (people have to be added). It will make
> the team members look back at the commits, where they came from etc. I
> think the biggest problem is getting information across to people of
> where to send patches / documentation etc. Also, where do we fit in the
> other areas of doc work (wiki for example)? This may become problematic
> when we focus only on system documentation.

You're right about these last two things.

I'm quite concerned at the moment that there is not much contribution in
the docteam compared to the level of contribution we see in other Ubuntu
teams, such as development, bug work, marketing etc. It would be nice to
do some work this cycle on encouraging more contribution to the team.

The dividing line between the wiki and system documentation which you
mention is key to that, I think. The former has a much lower barrier to
entry and we need to ensure the transition between the two is smoother
than it is now.

Other things we can try and do are:

* Improve the visibility of how to contribute - tidy up the team wiki
pages; link to them more prominently from the help website, etc.
* Blog/post to the Fridge more often about what we are doing.

What other ideas do people have about improving contribution?


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