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Re: Paths into Debian

On 25/09/13 11:51, Thijs Kinkhorst wrote:
> On Tue, September 24, 2013 14:02, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
>> On Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 07:51:53AM -0400, Paul Tagliamonte wrote:
>>> Its not just you - while I appreciate using a word other than bitesized
>>> or
>>> low-hanging-fruit, I tend to get the same slightly off putting feeling
>>> about "gift"
>>> Not to bikeshead.
>> So, folks, what do you propose instead? :)
>> If the chosen terminology send the "wrong" message, and hence it's
>> potentially a blocker, let's change it (but better do it only *once*,
>> hence the need of getting it "right" this time).
> I would name it after what you want it to signal. If it wants to signal
> starting points for new contributors at entry level, then startingpoint,
> newcontributor or entrylevel could be good choices that leave not much to
> interpretation.

My feeling is that "newcontributor" or "startingpoint" is a message that
is essentially derived from the fact that the bug is somewhat
self-contained or easy to resolve.

A strong solution would probably make some low level classification
(e.g. java+beginner or whatever) and then some portal for new
contributions could be constructed that has links to various reports
that will help them.

E.g. the portal would try to help people rate themselves

a) preferred one or two programming languages,
b) years of experience,
c) career level (student, graduate, professional, hacker)
d) packages (or sections) they are interested in (e.g. science, finance,

and from there it would prepare a bug search query using some assortment
of tags that will reveal discrete tasks they can complete.

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