Dear translator coordinator,
it's been a long time now that I feel like our joining process is too
complex for newcomers.
Current process says:
* Create a Fedora account (FAS)
* Subscribe to the mailing lists & introduce yourself
* Login to Zanata with your FAS account
* Find your language team and join in
It also suggest to create a personal page at
which requires to be
sponsored in cvsl10n (there a missing step in our documentation).
1. Many users don't know where is the appropriate mailing list.
+ Some mailing lists have a manual validation
+ Some mailing lists are private
=> the potential contributor starts with administrative tasks and
sometime dead-ends (joining a private mailing list isn't easy...)
2. Most of our contributors are not par of cvsl10n, many members of
cvsl10n are not in Zanata.
=> new user can't use wiki and some other features, so they can't
contribute directly our L10N global/team documentation even for a typo.
To help fixing 1st issue, I suggest only to ask the user to go on
and join the team he wants
=> if he don't have a FAS account, the "Sign Up" buttons lead to FAS
=> the coordinator will receive an automatic email and will welcome
the user, inviting him to introduce himself by including the relevant
About mailing list, I suggest a new recommendation: keep the mailing
lists open to direct registration and public. We are an open
organization, newcomers should be able to easily join us, read past
conversation and everyone should be able to link a conversation to
To help fixing 2nd issue, I suggest to do an automatic mechanism to
detect new users in Zanata every day/week/month and mass adding them.
=> We'll only need a few sponsors instead of spamming the 45 current
sponsors and 8 admins.
=> we add a little warning about wiki edition to tell to wait for this
"automatic" group addition.
If someone has an issue or want quick addition, we still have l10n
administrators, an email on trans@ will do the job.
The only thing we need is an export of all Zanata users.
Here is my request: https://zanata.atlassian.net/browse/ZNTA-1915
Note about FAS groups: we currently have cvsl10n, l10n-admin,
l10n-commits, l10n-editor. I'll ask infra team to merge them into one
single group: "l10n". For information: we had public confirmation that
the others are no longer used anymore.
thanks for your feedback on these questions, we'll do these action
unless any issues are raised (we'll also discuss this in next meeting).