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promoting how-can-i-help via bits.d.o and/or announcement

[ moving to -publicity ]

On Mon, Feb 03, 2014 at 10:54:50PM +0100, Lucas Nussbaum wrote:
> In order to help noticing such RFSs, how-can-i-help is now listing them
> (in version 4, uploading a couple minutes ago):
> | New packages waiting for sponsorship (reviews/tests are also useful):
> |  - hwinfo - http://bugs.debian.org/733578 - RFS: hwinfo/21.0-1 [ITA] -- Hardware identification system

Awesome!, thanks Lucas.

> (and how-can-i-help already lists orphaned, RFA, ITA, RFH packages, bugs tagged
> 'gift', packages removed from testing, and packages going to be removed from
> testing soon).

I'm since a while convinced that how-can-i-help is a very important
piece of attracting newcomers to contribute to Debian. For that reason,
I think we should promote it *a lot*. On one hand, I think it should be
part of our default installation --- but that's a discussion that we
should have in a different forum and that at some point I plan to start.

For this forum (-publicity) the proposal is to promote the installation
and usage of how-can-i-help via a blog post on bits.d.o and/or a (user)
announcement. Lucas, assuming people here are fine with the idea, do you
fancy writing a guest blog post for bits.d.o? As both the author and
DPL, I think that would help promoting the tool more.

Alternatively or complementary to that, what people here thing about an
announcement via Debian News?

Thanks for considering,
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