Okay campers, I'm here to try to jump start a discussion on what we
can do to encourage people to participate in the upcoming Fedora
Lets see what we can do to encourage people to participate in the
upcoming elections which will be held in Dec or Jan ( depending on F10
schedule changes) This time around we are having multiple elections
at the same time. Doing it this way allows us to make a concerted push
to increase the community awareness of all the elections/votes. For
So what sort of things can we do? And when should we start doing them?
As a start is there a general need to raise the awareness of the
election and voting process we are using?
Can we generate general interest material covering topics like:
Why vote? How do you qualify for voting? What's this range voting stuff?
And where do we want to put material in an effort to increase awareness?
I've been persuaded into thinking we should try to start doing
whatever it is we want to do about a month before the elections, to
increase candidate as well as voter turn out.
There's probably more elaborate things to do as well. Below are my
more detailed thoughts on ideas I've heard or I've been actively
thinking about myself. Yes, I know its long...but this time I gave
you fair warning. If you have other ideas on what to do, feel free to
jump in to the thread.
This is the one thing I've been thinking about a lot myself. I think
we can try to encourage people to ask questions they want the
candidates to answer as a way to frame the election and give all the
candidates a better idea of what the voting community cares about.
It's sort of a two part problem. One we just need to get people out
there to ask questions. I think this comes down to communicating why
each election matters. Can we do that as a marketing campaign? Can we
"sell" the election process?
And second, we need a way to organize those questions and resulting
candidate answers so they are easily found. I've been talking to
people specifically about how to organize some sort of community to
candidate q/a. Nigel seems to have taken the bait and has a plan on
how to integrate community questions AND nominations into the voting
app for all elections.
Try to ignore my overly complicated suggestion, and take a look at
Nigel's response on this ticket:
He says he may be able to have this in place by early November. If
this becomes available he also suggests we could open up q/a and
nominations 3 to 4 weeks before the elections. If this functionality
becomes available this could be a focus for a "get out the vote"
This was talked about a lot in the post-Board election fab discussion,
and it was generally agreed that encouraging people to nominate others
would help increase the candidate pool, because some people are not
inclined to self-nominate. How do we go about encouraging people to
nominate other people? I don't know exactly beyond blogging about it
Nigel is way ahead of me on this and is already thinking about trying
to support nominations in the voting app to reduce the administrative
overhead. See: https://fedorahosted.org/elections/ticket/23
Another idea floating around is organizing a candidate debate for each
election. I can't take credit for this idea. It should be doable. My
main concerning is how to generate the questions/topics for a debate
format. This loops to my personal focus on trying to find a way
generate questions from the community for candidates to answer. If
you've got an idea on how to run a candidate debate for any of the
elections, feel free to chime in.
Meet the Candidate Videos:
If candidates wanted to make introductory videos can we organize a
space for candidates videos that makes it easier for people to find?
Okay that's it from me. Thoughts?
Right, well, I guess we should start a new thread about the magazine
blog I've just started.
I've posted the introductory post already shared on this list, as well
as added Rahul and Paul as Admin users. Tomorrow I intend to repost
Fedora Weekly News on it, and will try and follow the core content
I've laid out over the rest of the week.
I hope everyone is satisfied with things so far. This is very much a
public test, but I want to create the best content we can and having
it public is probably a good motivator for that.
Figure out guidelines for:
* Adding new contributors to the blog. What criteria do we want to
have for adding people as a) contributors, b) editors, c)
administrators. I guess an informal system of sponsorship, where
admins are equivalent to package sponsors.
* How do we decide when content is ready to be posted? For FWN etc,
this is obvious as others take care of it for us. Besides that, I'd
argue that it should be reviewed by at least one other editor.
I will end this discussion on a note, when Fedora 10 is released, if anyone
wants to make a Server spin out of it, go for it!
We can't lose to Ubuntu, let's all test out Fedora 10 and move forward!
Markus / linuxglobe.wordpress.com / Hudson, MA, USA
On Ven, 10 Ottobre 2008 4:27 pm, Rodrigo Padula de Oliveira wrote:
> because is impossible to migrate every year to other Fedora Release.
> With the short time support is impossible to work and use Fedora.
I don't understand the problem...for LTS there is RHEL ;-)
I Like this slogan:
<<"Fedora is the best of today, RHEL is the best of the following seven
Andrea Modesto Rossi
I'm relatively new, and I have been only using fedora for about 4
years. All these years I have used fedora, I had fun. In the beginning I
was excited a new version released every 6 months. I moved into systems
administration and realized the need of a very stable system. Recent
months, I have so wanted a very stable release of fedora, one I could
rely my server with. I know there is CentOS and RHEL but they are not
I would rather see the fedora logo on the system than the shadowman or
a centos logo. I now use a fedora 8 on one of the servers and CentOS and
RHEL on the others but I personally would love to see all of them being
Its just an idea, what about having a long term support for just the
even releases or a yearly release of an official fedora spin just
catering to servers.
Read this bad news:
This is happening frequently. I think we will have to revise some things
within the project, particularly the creation of a Legacy project or a
The brazilian government, one of the biggest Fedora Case of the world is
changing from Fedora/ Red Hat to Ubuntu/Debian.
We need to think and create a solution to give support by a long time or
the fedora user will decrease!
Rodrigo Padula de Oliveira
M.Sc. Student - COPPE/UFRJ
Fedora Community Manager - Latin America
Seems to me, a new project has to be established.
After Fedora 10 is released, let's find Fedora Programmers willing to tweak
Fedora some more, rename it something else but add a LTS at the end for long
term support, then release that into the public arena. If those who need
RHEL support, can then upgrade to RHEL. Doesn't that make any sense to
anyone? I think it makes great sense, this will challenge Ubuntu for
Please tell me something along those lines is already happening, if not, why