"Job Openings" site for Fedora

Robyn Bergeron robyn.bergeron at gmail.com
Thu Oct 21 16:36:18 UTC 2010

On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 5:20 AM, Paul Frields <stickster at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 8:03 AM, Stephen Gallagher <sgallagh at redhat.com> wrote:
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>> On 10/20/2010 10:50 PM, Eric "Sparks" Christensen wrote:
>>> Someone in the "December 2010 Fedora Election Plan" thread mentioned
>>> having a "job" site for Fedora.  I wanted to extend this conversation a bit.
>>> So here's the way I see it.  We could have a website that is a central
>>> repository for jobs open within Fedora.  It can be used for continuously
>>> open jobs like writers and editors for the Docs Project to jobs that are
>>> open every so often like leadership positions and specialty positions
>>> like the Elections lead to positions on the different committees.
>>> Having this information on it's own page allows people looking to either
>>> volunteer for the first time or looking for a new direction to take
>>> within Fedora a one-stop shopping location.
>>> Each job would have a title, description, and a link to where to go to
>>> get more information (think classified ads).  We already do this a bit
>>> on the Join page[1] but it isn't really good for short-term postings and
>>> there isn't any way to get new positions out on the Planet or identi.ca
>>> which is a better way to get people's attention.
>> I'd like to see this taken a bit further as well. It would be nice to
>> have a public "classifieds" board where Fedora Hosted projects could put
>> up listings of tasks they'd like to see get done. For example, if a
>> project is looking to recruit additional coders, they could submit a
>> posting looking for someone to solve certain entry-level bugs. If they
>> want to expand their audience, maybe they put up a request for someone
>> to translate their project into a particular language.
>> Máirín Duffy mentioned elsewhere a while back "imagine an RPG geared
>> around helping folks earn points for #FLOSS contributions. it could work
>> for any FLOSS project". I think this would be a terrific idea,
>> especially if merged with a "job board" as described above.
>> Even imaginary reward systems like Epic Win
>> (http://www.rexbox.co.uk/epicwin/) serve as an excellent motivator. The
>> concept of a "Level 30 Contributor" would be both entertaining and
>> encouraging.
> Aren't there some vibrant free software community services out in the
> wild that do this already, which we could leverage for this sort of
> problem?

Offhand, I know that OpenHatch does this type of thing
(http://www.openhatch.org); I think this would benefit us to use,
though I think we'd want to figure out a way to have redundancy
between the OpenHatch listings and postings on a Fedora web page of
some sort.

> Also, related but not the same -- a while ago Mike McGrath created a
> team for dealing with short-term, targeted needs that are beyond
> entry-level:
>  http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_Engineering_Services
> I mention it just because I think it's a great idea that can always
> use people who are beyond novices but are looking to give back and
> want to start by sinking their teeth into a short-term, well-bounded
> problem.
> Paul
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