I started writing this a while ago and never got it fully formed. Rather than let it keep rotting in my drafts folder I wanted to share it and see if it made sense to anyone else.
Warning - rough edges ahead!
Conversations with several people have resulted in distilling the following idea:
== Changing metadata
Modify the table that drives fedoraproject.org/easyfix that is located at https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Easyfix
The table would now include two additional columns (optional)
Col 1 = existing reference to the issue tracker. We should consider adding gitlab.com support
Col 2 = existing point of contact
Col 3 = category of task (documentation, infrastructure, programming-Haskell, programming-Ruby, etc.)
Col 4 = SIG/WG/etc. this project is related too (Design, Council, KDE, etc.)
== Changing fedoraproject.org/easyfix
Today we show only two categories: Issues from Pagure/Github and Bugzillas
I believe those categories are not the right categories for consumers of the page. Using the new category (col 3) above, we would break things out by the kind of contribution. This would serve to let people browse related tasks more easily and to reduce the overwhelming nature of the current lists.
For BZs we are either going to have to guess based on BZ metadata or leave them lumped together.
WCDIFF should be extended to show the categories and groups appropriate for the various endpoints. This way the person who navigates WCDIFF has the option of reading a specific task they could work on right now, if they so desire.
The categories give us the opportunity to promote our easyfixes as a great way to join or contribute in a targeted manner. This could come in the form of articles, tweets, or live conference appearances.
What do people think?
We've been meaning to restart the mentoring project for a bit. We now
have a few extra cycles to work on this. The original project (now
inactive) was aimed at helping prospective contributors find
contributors who were happy to volunteer their time to help them out.
Having a mentor that one can work with greatly improves the onboarding
experience. (When I'd started all those years ago, I had a few folks
from Fedora India helping me out :))
I think it was set up quite well, and we simply need to restart it with
a few tweaks, some fresh marketing?
What do folks think? We have a few tickets filed about it already.
Would a few folks like to take the lead on this? A few wranglers that
can keep progress ticking and remind the rest of us to do our homework
would be awesome!
(I'm afraid I haven't cycles at the moment to do it myself :()
Ankur Sinha "FranciscoD"
We're looking for more helpers to mange the Fedora Classroom sessions.
Specifically, we're like a few more people to help out with the
management bit. The job is mainly to ensure that the required bits are
in place for the next classroom sessions. For example, the wrangler
would e-mail an instructor who has expressed interest to confirm a data
and time, and then would request a short summary that can be used for
the Fedora magazine announcement and so on. It isn't technical at all.
It'll be really useful to have a few people working on this, so that if
one person is too busy to handle it, there still are others that can
keep sessions running.
If you're new to Fedora, you can still sign up for this. I will be happy
to mentor new folks and help them settle into the role :)
Ankur Sinha "FranciscoD"