[arch-dev-public] Improving overall experience for contributors

Gaetan Bisson bisson at archlinux.org
Tue May 23 20:47:45 UTC 2017

[2017-05-23 22:23:51 +0200] Bartłomiej Piotrowski:
> Another thing that I heard in last few months isthat it is actually hard
> for potential TU candidates to find a sponsor. While I believe it is
> perfectly fine to e-mail few potential sponsors to ask for opinion,
> throwing random messages at people doesn't sound really appealing.

In my opinion writing emails to strangers should be part of the
application process. In my duties as packager maintainer I often find
myself writing emails to various persons I've never met: other distro
devs, upstream maintainers, etc. I'm sure the same goes for all of us.
It's just basic communication skills.

Do we need contributors this badly that we could consider accepting
applicants who are too shy to write an email to a stranger?

> In my humble opinion, we should rethink the way we recruit people

I don't understand what you mean. In the past when we've had specific
needs in particular areas, ad-hoc recruitment processes were devised to
fill those needs. Shouldn't that be good enough? What kind of new
process would you like to see implemented?

> I also wanted to touch mailing lists vs GitHub vs Gitlab topic but we
> will tackle it another time.

Please do create a new thread as soon as possible; I just can't contain
all my boiling thoughts on this... :)


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