Task #2104

raise awareness of how TDF/LO contributes upstream to projects

Added by Mike Saunders over 1 year ago. Updated 17 days ago.

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Team - Q1/2018
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Simon Phipps had an idea at LibOCon, that we could highlight the contributions made by TDF/LO people to AskBot and Bugzilla. This could work as a blog post, but I should talk to people on those projects and maybe it can be a joint effort.


#1 Updated by Florian Effenberger over 1 year ago

Great idea!
There's a couple of more projects we contribute to IMHO - at least mlmmj comes to mind (where we did PyMIME and provided translations). might have more projects we contributed code to.

There's work going on with Pootle as well, and some (although agreeably very few) translations for the Redmine issue history plugin.

#2 Updated by Florian Effenberger 8 months ago

  • Target version changed from Qlater to Q4/2017

#3 Updated by Mike Saunders 6 months ago

  • Status changed from New to In Progress

Started investigating this by asking for ideas on the marketing-priv@ and team@ mailing lists.

#4 Updated by Mike Saunders 6 months ago

Feedback from the community so far:

  • "TDF has funded some updates on Askbot"
  • "We contributed to CppUnit to the point of taking it over/forking it"
  • "Gerrit. I think David Ostrovsky is even a gerrit's upstream member"
  • "Support contracts exist with AskBot, Pootle, Plone"

So I have some things to investigate, but I need to find out more details before turning this into something we can promote...

#5 Updated by Florian Effenberger 5 months ago

Can you reach out to Guilhem and also check our ledgers/annual reports? I think with this we can come up with a decent list we can extend later on, of course

#6 Updated by Mike Saunders 4 months ago

This ticket has been open for a while and I don't want to bump it, so I'll work on it early next week and do my best to get it finished before the Christmas break.

#7 Updated by Mike Saunders 3 months ago

Going through the Annual Reports for 2016, 2015 and 2014, the only details I can find are in 2014 which says money was spent on:

Pootle translation memory, concordance and performance improvements

Similarly, I've gone through all of the ledgers and the only piece of info relating to work on other FOSS projects is:

Pootle (Maintenance/Care/Software)

But that might just be a support contract rather than new features. I've reached out to Guilhem but I think many of the things mentioned happened before he joined. I'll also ask Sophie in case she knows more about Pootle and AskBot. I'd just like to find, say, four simple things to put into a "How TDF helps other projects" infographic, like:

  • Performance improvements to Pootle
  • X in Y

...and so on. But there's simply very little info out there, despite all the searches and asking around I've been doing, so I think I'm reaching a dead end here, sadly...

#8 Updated by Mike Saunders 3 months ago

A few more updates: according to #1473, completed features in Pootle from TDF funding are:

[Complete: notification framework nice to have outstanding] Improve suggestion feedback
[Complete] Uploading strings from files should indicate changes

And for AskBot, according to #414, completed features in AskBot from TDF funding include:

per-language related questions
better facility to deal with the duplicates
karma per localization
make user status separate for each localized instance

AFAIK, those are the two projects which TDF directly funded. Otherwise we can also point out:

Those are five things to go on, so even though it'd be good to have more details, this may be enough to make an infographic. Will work on it this week.

#9 Updated by Mike Saunders 2 months ago

Finally had some time to work on this - I've designed an infographic and attached the PDF here. I'll send this to the marketing-priv@ list for feedback, then it should be ready to use.

#10 Updated by Florian Effenberger 2 months ago

Looks great!

#11 Updated by Mike Saunders about 1 month ago

Adding LO_upstream_contributions_infographic_EN_v2.pdf, based on suggestions from marketing-priv@ (extra section about other projects). I've posted it back on the list for further feedback.

If people are happy with it, I can blog it, promote it, and offer it to native language projects for translations.

#12 Updated by Mike Saunders 30 days ago

Version 3 of the infographic attached, based on feedback from marketing-priv@.

#13 Updated by Mike Saunders 21 days ago

And now version 4, based on feedback, with some extra projects mentioned (and in a shorter, more infographic-friendly way).

#14 Updated by Mike Saunders 19 days ago

Kendy (who I've been working with on this) is happy with the latest design, so if there are no other objections I'll post and promote it later this week.

#15 Updated by Mike Saunders 17 days ago

  • Status changed from In Progress to Closed

So this is online now:

I've also spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Reddit and Telegram. So I think this is finished now, and I'll close the ticket.

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