[maemo-community] Improving maemo community

From: Valerio Valerio vdv100 at gmail.com
Date: Thu Sep 4 18:57:09 EEST 2008

I'm new in the maemo community, in the last few weeks I started searching
for more informations where to start helping in the maemo community, so I
want to describe my experience  and give a some suggestions to try to
improve the community and help newcorners to joint in.

1- Getting start/where to start ?:
I found a lot of information in maemo.org on this topic, I had no problem
understanding who maemo works and how to start using the maemo tools, garage
or wiki. I only found a small lack in the wiki, I can't found any wiki
editing guidelines (I think this is a attempt to do that:
http://wiki.maemo.org/Beta/Introduction), if this exist, it should be easily
reached by new users,  those guidelines will prevent some mistakes and also
the wiki will looks more organized.

2- Now I have my programming environment setup, where I can help ?
I can't found anything about this, I only found some community tasks.
One thing that I think that may help is more or less described here :
http://wiki.maemo.org/Pushing_a_maemo.org_task. My idea is have a table like
the one in the button of the page referred, with tasks, those task can also
have some difficult level/expected duration, the users can request for a
task , the user should provide logs of his progresses, on the others side a
maemo community member can watch this page and resolve any problem that
occur (a user assigned to a task for a long time without any work...). This
task list can also have small bugs tasks and requests for functionalities
Other thing that can be good for newcorners is a wish list page, here the
users can found some ideas to start coding some new software, the wish list
can should be divided by categories and can also have a category to request
'ports' of Linux applications to maemo (the list already exist here:
http://wiki.maemo.org/Software_wish-list, but is a little bit confuse).

I think the rest of the wiki and the maemo.org page is in the right place,
only require some love already documented in the wiki :).

I also have a question, when a user create a new software/port exists a
place where the user can 'publicity' his new software ? Is a good conduit
send this announce to the maemo lists ?

I'm in the Linux world for a couple of years, for the things that I saw in
the last weeks, maemo appear to be one of the more organized open source
community's, congratulations to all the people behind the maemo.org  site.

Keep the great works.

Best regards,

Valério Valério

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