[openstack-dev] [election][tc]Question for candidates about global reachout

Matt Riedemann mriedemos at gmail.com
Sat Sep 15 15:52:28 UTC 2018

On 9/14/2018 1:52 PM, Zhipeng Huang wrote:
> This is a joint question from mnaser and me :)
> For the candidates who are running for tc seats, please reply to this 
> email to indicate if you are open to use certain social media app in 
> certain region (like Wechat in China, Line in Japan, etc.), in order to 
> reach out to the OpenStack developers in that region and help them to 
> connect to the upstream community as well as answering questions or 
> other activities that will help. (sorry for the long sentence ... )
> Rico and I already sign up for Wechat communication for sure :)

Having had some experience with WeChat, I can't imagine I'd be very 
useful in a nova channel in WeChat since the majority of people in that 
group wouldn't be speaking English so I wouldn't be of much help, unless 
someone directly asked me a question in English. I realize the double 
standard here with expecting non-native English speakers to show up in 
the #openstack-nova freenode IRC channel to ask questions. It's 
definitely a hard problem when people simply can't speak the same 
language and I don't have a great solution. Probably the best common 
solution we have is having more people across time zones and language 
barriers engaging in more discussion in the mailing list (and Gerrit 
reviews of course). So maybe that means if you're in WeChat and someone 
is blocked or has a bigger question for a specific project team, 
encourage them to send an email to the dev ML - but that requires 
ambassadors to be in WeChat channels to make that suggestion. I think of 
this like working with product teams within your own company. Lots of 
those people aren't active upstream contributors and to avoid being the 
middleman (and thus bottleneck) for all communication between upstream 
and downstream teams, I've encouraged the downstream folk to send an 
email upstream to start a discussion.




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