On 08/04/2015 02:04 PM, Matthew Miller wrote:
On Tue, Aug 04, 2015 at 12:42:49PM -0400, Máirín Duffy wrote:
>> Just thinking out loud here, but maybe a general one would be about
>> Fedora Project in general, covering the community and aspects _other_
>> than the distro release? Focus on the Friends foundation, and ways to
>> get involved as a non-programmer (it is my impression that many users
>> think that one must be a programmer to join the Fedora contributor
>> community, which is of course very far from the truth).
> If we're aiming the flyers at newbies, I think it's a bit weird to
> press them to join in helping make something they don't use or even
> fully understand yet, no?
I wasn't thinking of it as "pressing", but showcasing all the different
interesting and fun parts of the community.
Whatever verbiage is used, wouldn't such a flyer and accompanying pitch
is and would be perceived as an upsell? (to convert them from a (not
even yet?) user to a contributor?)
There's mutual benefit there, sure, but being a contributor is a much
larger time investment than trying out the software, and I think it's a
bit much on top of trying to relay the fundamentals about the software
itself. Let them try the software and like it first (or not, then don't
bother) before recruiting them.... and don't distract / muddy the
message. If it's a conference with booths there's a lot of information
they're going to be processing at once, my thought is keep the message
focused, simple, to-the-point as you can for the best impact. I think
the message to try / use Fedora is more important than to contribute to
it at that stage.
I also don't know that brand-new-to-Fedora-as-a-user folks are going to
have a great brand-new-contributor experience unless it's through a
formal mentoring program (like Outreachy or GSoC or whatever where I
think we do a really good job) and we are not equipped to do that at the
volume I'm imagining such flyers would be printed at this point in time,