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

On 04/02/14 at 10:27 +0100, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> [ 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.

If we want to go that way, it should probably be rewritten in a language
that is more mainstream than Ruby. But that's pretty easy to do anyway.

> 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.

Yeah, why not. I've added that to my TODO list. But if someone wants to beat
me with it, please go ahead. :)

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

No strong opinion on that. Being shy and all, I don't think it's
worth it, but well, it depends on what others think.


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