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Meeting Minutes from yesterday - Lots of tasks open for volunteers!

Hi all,

We discussed a bunch of interesting ideas yesterday.  I know a lot of
you could not attend, so feel free to throw in new ideas, comments and
whatever comes to mind.

There are a lot of ideas that require people to commit to make them a
reality.  I've marked them with a big "VOLUNTEER NEEDED" sign.

== Small Projects / Bounties / Starlings ==

One of the things that was agreed very fast is that we need to have
small projects for people that want to contribute but don't know how.
We already have a NewbieProjects page [1], but it's currently quite
empty.  One suggestion was that everybody should add whatever they
started contributing with.

Asheesh pointed to the Fedora Design Bounties [2] and to Openhatch's
Starling Bounties [3] to show how other projects do this.  Also,
there's the how-can-i-help package currently under development [4].

[1]: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianWomen/Projects/NewbieTasks
[2]: http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/07/09/fedora-design-bounty-fedora-slide-deck-template/
[3]: https://openhatch.org/wiki/Starling
[4]: https://wiki.debian.org/how-can-i-help

We would like to have some scoped projects that new people can take
on.  These should be written down in a wikipage and then announced
through different media like DPN, Planet, the DW twitter/identi.ca
accounts, etc, so that it reaches interested parties.

We discussed a bit how we should recognize people, suggestions
include: with badges [5], with some gift (like stickers or t-shirts),
with a public blog announcement like Fedora [6].  Nothing was decided,
more ideas welcome.

[5]: http://openbadges.org
[6]: http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/07/23/second-fedora-design-bounty-ninja-identified/

=== Possible Projects ===

There were a few projects suggested. Some of the things that we
discussed afterwards could also be made into scoped projects.

* Package some of the dependencies needed for freeipa [7] (Diane said
she'll try to put this into a wiki)
* Package scidb [8]
* Triage bugs for a specific team that needs a lot of bug triaging.

[7]: https://www.redhat.com/archives/freeipa-devel/2013-September/msg00049.html
[8]: http://scidb.org

VOLUNTEER NEEDED: coordinate with people suggesting the ideas, so that
we have a regularly (weekly? monthly?) featured one.
VOLUNTEER NEEDED: publicize the currently featured one, acnowledge the
people doing the work.

== Outreach Program for Women ==

We tried to think of a few bigger projects that could fit in the scope
of OPW (i.e. 3 months "internship")

* Create a welcoming page as friendly as Fedora's [9]
* Create a series of videos on how to use Debian for specific tasks.
* Do some "user testing" for specific Debian tasks (as in, sit a
completely new user in front of a Debian machine, have them try to do
something and write down how it goes)
* Have consistent color palettes for Debian, similar to what is
suggested in [10] for Ubuntu.
* Create a screencast to accompany the PackagingTutorial [11]
* Maybe something related to Freedombox
* For more ideas, we could try to get non-coding related tasks from
teams, like publicity, webmasters, wiki team, listmasters, etc
* Or, we could ask female users to state what they are missing in Debian.

[9]: http://fedoraproject.org/en/join-fedora
[10]: http://blog.dustinkirkland.com/2013/08/ubuntu-fun-with-ps1.html
[11]: https://wiki.debian.org/PackagingTutorial

All in all, in just a few minutes, we were able to gather a bunch of
ideas, which had been mentioned as one of the blocking points.  I
think that if we want the OPW to work for Debian, our current blocking
point is the sponsoring.

VOLUNTEER NEEDED: coordinate the OPW initiative
VOLUNTEER NEEDED: get one or more sponsors for Debian OPW

== Video Channel ==

We discussed a bit about the worthiness of having a debian-women
channel (on Youtube or similar, the platform is not the important

The general feeling is that it would be nice to have them, but this is
quite a lot of effort and before taking on such a task, it was
suggested that we could "curate" the many many videos that are already
there (from DebConfs, mini DebConfs, LCA, FOSDEM, and any other
conferences with videos)

Suggested name for the series: Debian Orientation

Selected videos could be featured through the different media already
mentioned (DPN, Planet, twitter/identi.ca, etc) as the "Current Debian
Orientation Featured Video" or something like that.

We should be able to measure the impact in viewership of this
featuring, and if the impact is high enough, we might decide it's
worth having special for-the-web videos.

VOLUNTEER NEEDED: curate available Debian videos to create a Debian
Orientation playlist.
VOLUNTEER NEEDED: publicize the current feature video
VOLUNTEER NEEDED: quantify viewership differences

== Local events / workshops ==

We acknowledge that meeting people in person can make a tremendous
different for lots of would-be contributors.  We'd like to organize
local events, but we currently don't have the people-power for
something like that.

It's been suggested that we should collaborate with other groups like
Fedora Women or PyLadies.

The main suggestion on this direction is to first collect emails of
people that would be interested in debian-women events and
information, to create a newsletter that includes whatever stuff is
happening with debian women.  This could probably be a mailing list
like debian-women-announce or similar.

In this way, we may be able to reach more people when organizing something.

The other suggestion was to have some for-print material available
that includes general information about debian-women, where to find
upcoming events, our on-going projects and so on; so that people can
have them in hackerspaces, or other groups (like PyLadies) can hand
them away when they do a workshop.

There's also an on-going effort from Asheesh and Christian Körner, to
create an index of Debian Meetings that welcome people, and so we
might be able to have some DW specific meetings taking on that

VOLUNTEER: coordinate an email gathering effort for women interested in debian.
VOLUNTEER: create a nice PDF that people can print with info about DW.

== IRC training sessions ==

The general sentiment is that even though we've done this in the past,
we should keep doing it, since there's always new people approaching
debian, and reading the logs of the session is not the same as

We may want to have a basic packaging training every 6 months, or so.
Same for bug triaging, basic VCS use (git, svn, etc).  And then maybe
add some hot/new topics on rotation, like currently could be jenkins
or autopkgtest.

VOLUNTEER NEEDED: coordinate IRC training sessions (list topics, get
trainers, etc)

== Other ideas ==

* Have a DW welcome session at the beginning of next DebConf,
encouraging people to participate and feel welcomed
* Have an all-women-talks day during next DebConf
* Have a global meet-up of DW.  This means: some particular day, we
all meet with DW interested people, wherever we are.  For this to work
we would need to have some material that people can hand out to those
attending the meeting.  We could crash one of
http://girlgeekdinners.com/ :)
* We need new DW T-shirts, maybe even with a new design (this could
also be a scoped project)

VOLUNTEER NEEDED: either create a new design for DW, or organize a
contest for it
VOLUNTEER NEEDED: coordinate printing and shipping of DW T-shirts
VOLUNTEER NEEDED: organize a global DW meet-up


Well, that's that.  A lot of ideas of things we can do, waiting for
someone to take them on.  Feel free to reply to this mail about
whatever you may be interested in, or just start a new thread about a
particular subject

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