[maemo-community] Council nomination: me again

From: Randall Arnold texrat at ovi.com
Date: Wed Mar 3 20:48:57 EET 2010
As noted earlier, I intend to run again (see below)

Randall (Randy) Arnold
maemo.org community council

  ----- Original message -----
  From: "Randall Arnold‎" <texrat at ovi.com>
  To: "Maemo Community‎" <maemo-community at maemo.org>
  Subject: [Council] maemo.org council: intent to run again for 2010
  Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 14:27:06 -0600

  Greetings Maemo community!  For Moblin folks with no current
  maemo.org ties this is mostly an FYI (although I encourage you to
  engage in the process if you are interested).

  I was going to hold off on this announcement but given the high
  demand for guidance vis-a-vis the Maemo-Moblin-MeeGo transformation I
  felt it would be a good idea to announce my candidacy for re-election
  along with my intentions (platform).

  As many on the Maemo side know I was originally involved with the
  Maemo devices as a Nokia factory QA engineer and in 2009 transitioned
  into more of a community-support role when my Nokia position was

  I will list my recent efforts, new projects and future plans as

  Recent Efforts

  As a council member I championed the welcoming of new members and
  rolled out a volunteer program called Maemo Greeters with a very
  simple goal: ask members to include helpful links in their
  talk.maemo.org signatures, thus easily propogating helpful info
  throughout the forum.  The program was more successful than I had
  even imagined, growing through user suggestions to include multiple
  languages and a variety of resources and approaches.  I see value in
  continuing this at MeeGo.

  Another initiative was Community Outreach.  With the guidance of the
  maemo.org community I developed flyers and began reaching out to
  user/developer/enthusist groups who would potentially have interest. 
  Along with Ed Page and Andrew Black (and input from others as well),
  we began working on outreach policies, procedures and budget.  I
  believe this is also important to continue for MeeGo.

  I have also been a strong advocate for the community device owners,
  successfully working with Nokia to resolve a quality issue with micro
  USB connectors coming out of N900s.  I will continue to use my blog
  as a fact-based pulpit for user advocacy.

  New Projects

  One item I think has paramount importance is Bugzilla.  It's critical
  to make sure the MeeGo bug tracking structure supports the various
  needs a multi-device OS platform will encounter.  Nokia Pilots has a
  very rich and robust tracking system and my hope is that we will be
  allowed to benchmark against it and possibly even duplicate its
  structure if that proves to have merit.  I have volunteered to
  participate in this effort.

  Following that, I have been putting together a presentation for
  getting feedback mechanisms of various types onto Maemo devices,
  including a bug reporting wizard.  I believe this should be carried
  into MeeGo and am refactoring my presentation accordingly.

  I would also like to take the lessons learned (especially my own)
  from maemo.org Brainstorm for creation of a similar but better system
  for MeeGo.

  Future Plans

  I see the creation of a discussion forum as a great need.  Just as we
  created new email lists for MeeGo as opposed to renaming or reusing
  maemo.org lists, I believe we should create an entirely new forum
  that reflects this "reboot".  Yes that will be hectic for those who
  will "live in both worlds" for a while but I am uncomfortable with
  plopping a huge legacy forum on top of the incoming Moblin
  contingent.  Let's all start into this on equal footing!

  I also plan to learn QT + Python development to better understand the
  needs of developers (as well as for personal growth).


  My belief is that almost every user is a potential
  developer/designer/tester/evangelist/etc and should be approached in
  that spirit.  They need to feel instantly welcomed in any community
  with which they identify.  Making MeeGo's goals and infrastructure
  clear and open is foremost among my interests.  I wlll continue
  working tirelessly to be a face of and for the community.  I will be
  approachable and sympathetic to sincere constructive criticism.


  Please see these discussions at talk.maemo.org for voting details:


  I'm nervous about this big advent but excited too.  I intend to do
  what I can to make the change positive.  Thanks for your vote!

  Randall (Randy) Arnold
  maemo.org community council

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