[maemo-community] Council nomination: me again

From: Nathan Anderson nathan at andersonsplace.net
Date: Wed Mar 3 21:34:40 EET 2010
    Aughhhhhh....   Oh no, not again.....      Oh wait it is TexRat; I
second...  :)


From: maemo-community-bounces at maemo.org
[mailto:maemo-community-bounces at maemo.org] On Behalf Of Randall Arnold
Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 2010 12:49 PM
To: Maemo Community
Subject: Council nomination: me again

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 eliminated.

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

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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