Stream: t-compiler/wg-meta

Topic: tracking people who show up


nikomatsakis (May 01 2019 at 13:44, on Zulip):

Man, the #new members stream is great. But I feel like there should be some more organized way to help track people who want to help and what they have to offer.

davidtwco (May 01 2019 at 14:15, on Zulip):

I've thought before (and I think I've seen it discussed a while back) that some global "here's everyone who regularly contributes, what they know, and what they're currently doing (if anything)" page would be interesting. Probably a pain to maintain unless it was auto-generated from GitHub in some way.

Santiago Pastorino (May 01 2019 at 15:15, on Zulip):

hmm interesting idea :)

Santiago Pastorino (May 01 2019 at 15:15, on Zulip):

maybe even using something people can just fill would be enough, like Dropbox paper or a hackmd doc

nikomatsakis (May 01 2019 at 16:20, on Zulip):

@davidtwco that does sound interesting but it's a bit different than what I had in mind

nikomatsakis (May 01 2019 at 16:21, on Zulip):

I think honestly the first step here is probably something more like the "help wanted" thread

davidtwco (May 01 2019 at 16:21, on Zulip):

I wasn't necessarily advocating that we make that, just an idea I remember being thrown around.

nikomatsakis (May 01 2019 at 16:21, on Zulip):

(to be clear, the reason I thought it would be different is that I'm interesting in trying to capture (a) not just experienced folks who've been active but also (b) "I have spare cycles right now"

nikomatsakis (May 01 2019 at 16:21, on Zulip):

like, right now I try to keep some of that info floating in my head

nikomatsakis (May 01 2019 at 16:21, on Zulip):

and cc people every once in a while

nikomatsakis (May 01 2019 at 16:22, on Zulip):

I've seen other projects, on a related note, where they have e.g. a spreadsheet showing all the people who contrivbuted each month -- then they compare month after month

nikomatsakis (May 01 2019 at 16:22, on Zulip):

i.e., who was somebody that contributed last month but not this month -- maybe reach out to them and see if they are blocked on something you can help with

nikomatsakis (May 01 2019 at 16:23, on Zulip):

but yeah baby steps

Santiago Pastorino (May 01 2019 at 16:40, on Zulip):

agree with all what you've said guys

Santiago Pastorino (May 01 2019 at 16:40, on Zulip):

having some way to track contributors I think it's good

Santiago Pastorino (May 01 2019 at 16:41, on Zulip):

and the best thing is giving contributors access to that speadsheet or whatever the document is so they can feel and can that updated

Santiago Pastorino (May 01 2019 at 16:41, on Zulip):

then the team can do the analytics but by having the team feeling something like that we risk having the thing outdated quickly and may end being a lot of work

Santiago Pastorino (May 01 2019 at 16:42, on Zulip):

so I guess a public spreadsheet or paper doc or something like that it's a good idea

davidtwco (May 01 2019 at 16:42, on Zulip):

I think you could track something like this by seeing who has landed PRs or been assigned to issues recently. Would save keeping a spreadsheet up to date. Particularly since people won't remove themselves if they disappear.

Santiago Pastorino (May 01 2019 at 16:43, on Zulip):

well I guess it depends on what kind of people do you want to track

Santiago Pastorino (May 01 2019 at 16:44, on Zulip):

if there's a person that lands one tiny commit is worth going after them because they don't do a second commit?

Santiago Pastorino (May 01 2019 at 16:44, on Zulip):

for sure I'd track interested people, people that have specifically stated that they want to contribute not occasional people that may just be fixing a bug they have or something

Santiago Pastorino (May 01 2019 at 16:45, on Zulip):

I mean, unsure if we want to track everything is fine

Santiago Pastorino (May 01 2019 at 16:45, on Zulip):

just thinking on the kind of task that gives us the most value with the less amount of work

Santiago Pastorino (May 01 2019 at 16:45, on Zulip):

at least as something to start with

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