This is an excellent idea, this is my feedback
2009/12/22 Max Spevack <mspevack(a)redhat.com>
On Sat, 19 Dec 2009, Mel Chua wrote:
Even easier startup: interview chain. You interview someone, they become
> the next interviewer and have to interview someone else, and so on down the
> line. (Note: this only works if it's really easy to set up for making a
> podcast, so that's something to check.)
> This is one of those great ideas that came up once upon a time, and keeps
> coming up (because it /is/ a great idea), and mostly needs someone to step
> up and do the first interview. ;)
Here is my idea for the interview chain. Feel free to adapt, change, throw
out, or do with as you please. :)
GUIDING PRINCIPLE: There are a huge number of people in our community, and
most contributors probably only really work with a handful of people each
day. While they may recognize many names, how much do contributors really
know about what others are doing? Does someone who writes for the Docs Team
have any idea what it's like to maintain package $FOO? Does someone who
participates in Fedora Test Days every now and then have any idea of what it
takes to produce the Installation Guide every release? How much does an
Ambassador in Germany know about what Ambassadors in Venezuela are doing?
This will be a great complement to the User Research Plan, so we could know
the both sides of the coin. What's happening with projects and what's up to
GOAL: Our goal is to give two Fedora contributors who might *never
otherwise interact* a reason to have a conversation, and to share the most
interesting parts of that conversation with the rest of the Fedora
Rule #1 -- Don't interview someone you have ever met face to face.
...or someone you talk with everyday.
Rule #2 -- Don't interview someone who lives in the same country
question: should all interviews be made in english? might be the easy way to
understand us all. Also we could use some translation after the interviews
so everyone can reach the content.
Suggestion #1 -- Try to use Fedora Talk, and record the conversation. You
can edit it a little bit with Audacity, or just post the raw audio. It
becomes a podcast in which Contributor #1 interviews Contributor #2 and has
a conversation in which the entire community gets to know about Contributor
#2. (There is a wiki page that gives some instructions about this, but I
can't look it up because I'm writing this email on an airplane.)
Also we could use some video interview:
a.- contributor#1 send questions over mail to contributor#2 and this one
records a video with their answers
b.- contributor#1 send a video with the questions to contributor#2 and this
one records a video with their answers. then *someone* joins the both videos
with a cute splash :D
maybe is a good idea also, not to only "meet the ambassadors voice" but also
"meet ambassadors". if they don't fee confortable with english videos we
could use also subtitles.
Suggestion #2 -- If audio recording doesn't work, conduct the conversation
over IRC, so that it is more interactive than simply sending a bunch of
questions from one person to another over email.
Rule #3 -- Within 2 weeks of the interview, Contributor #1 (the
interviewer) posts whatever form your interview/conversation takes to Planet
Fedora, and perhaps to a wiki page that can track all of this. We already
have an Interviews page on the wiki that we could grow and expand.
I could make this wiki page with the first idea I got from mo of the
Should/Can I create this wiki page right now?? :D
Rule #4 -- Within 2 weeks of the interview, Contributor #2 (the person who
was interviewed) starts off a new interview in the chain.
I can see the value in having multiple chains, but I can also see the value
in only having one chain, making it a Big Deal, and thus having a friendly
dose of peer pressure on folks to not be the one to break the chain.
I think 2 weeks between interviews is too much. We should put something more
like "if the contributor#2 doesn't continue the chain in 2 weeks, a
contributor#3 will do it (or something like that)" to prevent the chain of
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