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Making contributing to Debian easier ; "gift" bug tag


I've been thinking about ways to make contributing to Debian easier. I
sometimes run into the situation where someone asks me "I'd like to
contribute to Debian, what could I do?", and I have problems directing
him to things where he could actually help.

So I worked on two things:

== "Help Debian!" web page ==
I think that we need a page that gives an overview of how a newcomer
could help. And a sexy one. Christian Perrier's slides from FOSS.in[0] are
a very good basis, but we need to work on converting this into something
suitable for a web page.

I started writing some stuff on http://wiki.debian.org/HelpDebian/Start
. Feel free to improve that, or to point me to pages I could use as a
basis. The plan is to move this to a separate, stable, web page, with
pics, etc. There's also a few notes on http://wiki.debian.org/HelpDebian .

[0] http://www.perrier.eu.org/debian/talks/foss-in-2007/contributing.pdf

== "gift" usertag ==
Some projects (Gnome, KDE) use a special tag to indicate bugs that
are suitable for new contributors (see [1]). Debian could use something
similar. I thought of using the "gift" tag for this, but don't hesitate
to propose something better. We can start with a usertag, and, if it
gets widely used, ask for a "normal" tag.

I wrote some documentation on
http://wiki.debian.org/qa.debian.org/GiftTag . Please review it, and
start adding the "gift" usertag (user: debian-qa@lists.debian.org) to
your bugs!

[1] http://live.gnome.org/GnomeLove

= Summary =
How can you help?
- Review/Improve the wiki pages
- Provide feedback
- Add the usertag to your bugs

Thank you, and merry christmas :-)
| Lucas Nussbaum
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