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Re: onboarding

From: John W. Eaton
Subject: Re: onboarding
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2020 10:49:52 -0400
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On 3/12/20 8:57 PM, Mike Miller wrote:
Hi Nick,

On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 11:20:37 -0400, Nicholas Jankowski wrote:
- i'm a broken record regarding this for every organization I'm in, but how
could this be used to bring on/educate the newbies? (not just GSOC)
"getting started", "setting up your pc to contribute", "running windows,
believe it or not all is not lost you can still help", etc. I could see
webinar-esque value to something like those.

I'm also very into these topics. I've talked with people outside of
Octave pretty often about a variety of ideas related to welcoming and

Some ideas I'd be interested in helping make happen:

- a dedicated web portal to help onboard new developers
- same but tailored for SoC (replace/improve the Getting Started wiki)
- regular online sprints or IRC sessions to help people learn patches
- Q&A sessions (à la Reddit AMA)
- get feedback on the build system to make it easier to get started
- new tools/scripts for easier contribution
- try alternatives to IRC and mailing lists to see if easier for some

Happy to talk with you more about this topic, either on or off list, and
make something happen.

All these seem like good goals to me. Making it easier for people to become productive contributors would be great.


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