[UbuntuWomen] Outreach Issues? (Jasna Bencic)

Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph lyz at ubuntu.com
Sun Nov 17 02:28:28 UTC 2013

On Sat, Nov 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM, Svetlana Belkin <barsookmud at yahoo.com> wrote:
> P.S. I hate to say this but do we have a outreach issue also in the
> whole Ubuntu community?  Or is it me?

I think it depends on where you look. Canonical has a full time team
who works on community outreach but these past couple cycles they've
been focused on QA, Phone and Cloud, which leave behind a lot of the
traditional desktop programs most of us became familiar with. It seems
they've been quite successful in growing the QA, Phone and Cloud
communities. This makes sense for them as a company because this is
where they are investing and looking future-wise, but it does mean
that Documentation, Translations and others have been left mostly to
the community to maintain, and in the community there are very few
paid people who focus on it so less outreach is possible.

I did manage to get a Canonical guy to spend part time on Translations
so they don't get stuck. And I've been working with the Documentation
team for the past 6 months to try to get them back into shape to
accept contributors, the trouble right now is that there are so few
volunteers that they barely have time to get the work done that is
needed for release, let alone onboard new contributors. I'm hoping
that this will improve in the next 6 months.

Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph || Lyz || pleia2

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