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Asheesh Laroia
Day DebConf Day 1 / Debian Day (2010-08-01)
Room 414 Schapiro
Start time 15:00
Duration 01:00
ID 620
Event type bof
Language en

Debian for Shy People

Debconf attendees love Debian. For some, our pride in the project combines with self-confidence to become a sense of empowerment. For others, we fear we are not quite worthy.

Let's discuss how prospective contributors feel welcomed or scared-off by the new maintainer process and debian-mentors, how existing contributors see Debian, and what we can do to help technically-sharp but socially-shy people give Debian their best.

Half a decade ago, I searched Debian for a place to contribute. I wanted to join the community, but since I held Debian developers in such high regard, was afraid to step on their toes or make mistakes. This shyness slowed me down in the process to becoming an active contributor.

In this BoF:

  • Prospective contributors can share their experiences with the sponsorship process, with particular focus on which parts feel alienating or welcoming.
  • Existing developers can discuss which parts of Debian they see as unfriendly or arcane.
  • We will discuss efforts that demystify Debian, such as the creation of a staging Debian bug tracker for attendees of a recent conference, and how well they work.

After the BoF, attendees will leave with a sense of who they can ask for help without feeling embarrassed, the parts of Debian that scare off prospective contributors, and if similar efforts could cause existing contributors to participate more. Concrete results might include the creation of an interest group within Debian, a shy-people-oriented mentorship effort, and specific changes we can make so Debian feels more welcoming.