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.
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.
hmm interesting idea :)
maybe even using something people can just fill would be enough, like Dropbox paper or a hackmd doc
@davidtwco that does sound interesting but it's a bit different than what I had in mind
I think honestly the first step here is probably something more like the "help wanted" thread
I wasn't necessarily advocating that we make that, just an idea I remember being thrown around.
(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"
like, right now I try to keep some of that info floating in my head
and cc people every once in a while
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
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
but yeah baby steps
agree with all what you've said guys
having some way to track contributors I think it's good
and the best thing is giving contributors access to that speadsheet or whatever the document is so they can feel and can that updated
then the team can do the analytics but by having the team feeling something like that we risk having the thing outdated quickly and may end being a lot of work
so I guess a public spreadsheet or paper doc or something like that it's a good idea
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.
well I guess it depends on what kind of people do you want to track
if there's a person that lands one tiny commit is worth going after them because they don't do a second commit?
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
I mean, unsure if we want to track everything is fine
just thinking on the kind of task that gives us the most value with the less amount of work
at least as something to start with