[openstack-dev] [docs][all][ptl] Contributor Portal and Better New Contributor On-boarding

Mike Perez thingee at gmail.com
Tue Jun 27 22:43:33 UTC 2017

On 22:18 Jun 27, Jeremy Stanley wrote:
> On 2017-06-27 14:34:46 -0700 (-0700), Mike Perez wrote:
> [...]
> > ## PTG
> > 
> > New contributors should be participating in the sessions for a
> > project and get to know who are the people leading those efforts.
> > People leading efforts want help. Whether it be documentation for
> > the thing, implementation, testing, etc. Working with the people
> > involved is a good way to get to know that feature or change. The
> > people leading the effort are now invested in YOU succeeding
> > because if you don't succeed, they don't either. Once you succeed
> > in the feature or change with someone, you have recognition in
> > people knowing you are responsible for it in some way. This is an
> > awesome feeling and will lead you to either improving it more or
> > going onto other things. While you're only understanding of a
> > project is that thing, you may get curious and move onto other
> > parts of the code. This leads to someone in the future leading
> > efforts for new contributors!
> [...]
> If you mean "junior" contributors who have maybe gotten a small
> change merged or fixed a minor bug (but have at least figured out
> what team they probably want to spend a lot of their time helping
> on) then I agree. To me "new" contributors are the ones who still
> need the basics of how to submit a patch, where to find bug reports,
> or whatever and those are being catered to at the Forum (via
> OpenStack 101, Upstream Institute, project onboarding), not the PTG.

Yes I'm talking about both junior and new contributors in the way you're
defining them. If they're new, they can still participate in discussions and
meet the people leading an effort. Processes with launchpad/gerrit etc is all
just tools that can be learned later. Learning these processes should just be
followed up later with the looking at the new contributor portal with the
project they selected to work with and follow instructions and ask for help on
their IRC channel when needed.  

Mike Perez
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