[maemo-developers] [maemo-developers] Too busy to accept help?

From: Murray Cumming murrayc at murrayc.com
Date: Wed Apr 19 14:14:13 EEST 2006
The Maemo community is alive, but not thriving as much as it could. This
is because the Nokia developers are so busy and are often unable to
respond to the simplest of requests for changes or information, and
often unable to even acknowledge that contributions have been accepted.
It's OK to be busy, so this isn't a personal attack on those developers.
It's a suggestion for how to take the weight off them.

I think Nokia needs to assign a dedicated community liaison, full time
or part time, while still demanding that all developers are involved
with the community as much as possible. This person would maintain the
web site, and help the community to maintain it by extracting
information from Nokia. This person would also do simple patch and bug
triage and apply obvious changes without bothering the developers with
trivial stuff.

It must be politically acceptable for this person to be under less
pressure than a regular developer. If the community liaison ever has no
problems to solve then that's good.

If you need a more traditional job title, you could squeeze these
responsibilities into "Documentation" or "Q & A".

Nokia will get a lot of the advantages of open source if they don't do
this, and the community will survive if they don't do this, but I think
the extra salary would be a good investment to get even more valuable

Murray Cumming
murrayc at murrayc.com

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