[Sugar-devel] Helping people to get started

Manuel Quiñones manuq at laptop.org
Thu Jan 23 07:25:54 EST 2014

2014/1/22 Daniel Narvaez <dwnarvaez at gmail.com>:
> Hello,
> I've been seeing this a *lot* on the irc channel
> 19:44 -!- moriarty_ [~anubhav at] has joined #sugar
> 19:45 < moriarty_> Hi ! I'm new here and I would like to contribute to your
>                    project. Can someone get me started?
> 20:01 -!- moriarty_ [~anubhav at] has quit [Ping timeout: 272
> seconds]
> There are really a lot of people that would like to contribute. But we have
> few good resources to get them started and I have the feeling we are not
> doing a good job at pointing them to those.
> developer.sugarlabs.org is the most updated and valuable resource these days
> but from a quick look to stats.sugarlabs.org it is very very low in number
> of visits. The getting involved page on the wiki is not doing much better.
> Another major issue is that developer.sugarlabs.org does not have a page
> about tasks contributors could tackle, which is usually what they ask for in
> irc.
> What I would like to do is
> * Decide what should be the entry point for developers.


I see it is missing the Sugarlabs brand.  I can help with that.

> * Make sure it's well linked both from the main website and from the wiki,

Yes, ideally developer. should be linked from sugarlabs.org homepage.
Maybe inside the links in the header?

wiki / download / activities / *develop* / donate

> which seems to be the most important entry points.
> * Put a link in the irc channel subject.

Yes! Great idea.

> * Add a page on developer.sugarlabs.org on how to find tasks to work on.

This is the difficult part.  Sam idea of top ten tickets is great.

> * Figure out how get these people to talk to someone, if no one is around
> when they join irc. I have the feeling subscribing to the mailing list is
> too much of a barrier. Maybe the bot could point them to a page with a list
> of people they can email directly?  I see Gonzalo already volunteers for
> that in the wiki, I'm happy to share the workload if necessary.
> About the first point in the list, we probably need an intermediate page
> like
> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_Labs/Getting_Involved
> but I think clicking on "Developer" should then go directly to
> developer.sugarlabs.org.
> Something to keep in consideration is that doing changes to the main website
> might be difficult (a full rewrite is planned but currently stuck). Though I
> think we should try to at least get a link to Getting_Involved there.
> So this is all a bit random, I'll try to make more concrete proposals later,
> but I would really like to hear people thoughts. Most of the times, when I
> scroll back my irc screen I see a potential contributor quitting like that
> and it's a bit depressing...
> --
> Daniel Narvaez
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