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create a community video encouraging new contributors to get involved

Added by Mike Saunders over 1 year ago. Updated about 1 year ago.

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Team - Q3/2016
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One of the challenges for a large and well-established project is getting new people involved. They may assume it's a difficult process or they have nothing to contribute.

I will create a video showing that it's possible, it's fun and it's rewarding.

  • Focus on different communities: design, documentation, marketing, QA
  • Use real world interviews, recorded at the LibreOffice Conference
  • If possible, show how someone went from being a part-time contributor to becoming a full-time dev

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Related to Marketing - Task #1751: video recordings for talksClosed

History

#1 Updated by Florian Effenberger over 1 year ago

I wonder whether we should have this in Q3 already, given the community involvement discussion we had recently. Do you have spare cycles, and what's your take on the prio of this ticket?

#2 Updated by Mike Saunders over 1 year ago

  • Target version changed from Qlater to Q3/2016

Yes, I can start work on this very soon, but I think it would be better with some face-to-face interview snippets from the LibreOffice conference. So I'll set it to Q3/2016, and aim to have it ready around mid-late September.

#3 Updated by Mike Saunders over 1 year ago

  • Status changed from New to In Progress

Here's a first draft of the script -- it will need some clips from the 2016 conference in Brno.

[ view of Earth; zoom in; show stick figure developers popping up in many places ]

LibreOffice is used by millions of people around the world. But it's also developed by a worldwide community, with hundreds of people working on source code, user interface design, documentation, translations, marketing and other projects.

[ stock video of developer tapping on keyboard; switch to FOSS-related logos (OSI, GNU, Linux penguin etc.) ]

Many LibreOffice developers work full-time on the code. They're employed by companies that use, distribute or provide support for LibreOffice. But also, many other developers work in their spare time, providing contributions because they love free and open source software.

[ video clip from LibOCon with developer talking about importance of FOSS ]

[ abstract animation of code and words flowing around the world between computers ]

Although LibreOffice is a big project, it's friendly and open to everyone. We aim to make new contributors feel welcome, and have many channels of communication, including mailing lists, IRC channels, and regular team calls.

[ show Easy Hacks list ]

In addition, we have specialised tasks for newcomers, such as Easy Hacks, which help new developers get familiar with the source code structure and build process.

[ video clip from LibOCon with developer talking about how he/she got involved with LO ]

[ TDF logo; switch to statutes doc ]

LibreOffice is backed by The Document Foundation, a non-profit entity based in Germany. It employs a small team of people to work on infrastructure, documentation and marketing, and is built upon statutes which govern the project and guarantee that LibreOffice will always belong to the community.

[ video from chairperson / board member / Florian talking about why LO was started, and importance of remaining independent from corporate control ]

[ zoom or pan across group pic from LO conference ]

Every year, LibreOffice developers and supporters get together for a conference, where they share ideas, demonstrate new features, and talk about the future of the software. And of course, there's good food and drink as well! In recent years, conferences have been held in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Switzerland and Italy.

[ big call to action button ]

By contributing to LibreOffice, you help to promote open standards, bridge digital divides, and help millions of users around the world be more productive with free software. But it's also great experience for you, when you can say you've been involved with one of the biggest open source projects.

[ final image: LO logo + Free Office Suite, Fun Project, Fantastic People ]

So join us! Visit www.libreoffice.org, click the Community menu, and choose which team or project you want to help. We really appreciate your contributions, and above all, have fun!

#4 Updated by Mike Saunders over 1 year ago

  • Related to Task #1751: video recordings for talks added

#5 Updated by Mike Saunders over 1 year ago

Recorded four community members at LibOCon, talking about their experiences. Will do some more and work on the video after the conference.

#6 Updated by Mike Saunders about 1 year ago

This is ~80% done; just need to improve the audio and add a few more pieces. Plan to finish it this week.

#7 Updated by Mike Saunders about 1 year ago

Preview version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir6KiKfnWCw

And updated script:

1. LibreOffice is used by millions of people around the world. But it's also developed by a worldwide community, with hundreds of people working on source code, user interface design, documentation and translations.

2. Many LibreOffice developers work full-time on the software. But many others work in their spare time, providing contributions because they love free and open source software.

3. Although LibreOffice is a big project, it's friendly and open to everyone. We have many channels of communication, including mailing lists, IRC channels, and regular team calls, and we try to make every new contributor feel welcome.

[ Ashod video ]

4. To get new contributors familiar with LibreOffice, we have specialised tasks called Easy Hacks. And we work with students from the Google Summer of Code to introduce them to the project.

[ Jaskaran video ]

5. LibreOffice is backed by The Document Foundation, a non-profit entity. It employs a small team that works on infrastructure, documentation, QA and marketing, and is built upon statutes which govern the project, guaranteeing that LibreOffice will always belong to the community.

6. Every year, LibreOffice developers and supporters get together for a conference, where they share ideas, demonstrate new features, and talk about the future of the software. If you're a user of LibreOffice but want to get involved in the project, you're welcome to join!

[ Jona video ]

7. So get involved! Go to tdf.io/joinus and choose which team or project you want to help. We really appreciate your contributions, and above all, we hope you have fun!

#8 Updated by Mike Saunders about 1 year ago

  • Status changed from In Progress to Closed

Video public and being spread around; script is here for translations:

https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Videos/Join_the_LibreOffice_community_script

So this job is done, and I'll close the ticket.

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