LWN Subscriptions for Fedora contributors.

Francesco Ugolini fugolini at fedoraproject.org
Fri Feb 22 05:47:28 UTC 2008

2008/2/21, Jeff Spaleta <jspaleta at gmail.com>:
> On Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 11:08 AM, Francesco Ugolini
>  <fugolini at fedoraproject.org> wrote:
>  >  As i said before the maximum number of awarded ambassadors are 8, so
>  >  if you agree with this proposal we can distribute with such initiative
>  >  8 subscriptions to the people FAmSCo will choose: it would give those
>  >  subscription more value.
> Actually we'd very much love it if individual subprojects had
>  performance periods and performancs metrics, that we could attempt to
>  provide awards for in a timely manner.  Does Max and Greg know about
>  your 6 month period of performance?  I didn't know about it.
>  I'd love to have a model of performance and awards, that could be
>  budgeted for, such that each subproject had a performance metric that
>  made sense for them, and then we stagger the performance periods such
>  that different subprojects came up for awards in different months.  So
>  we could attempt to have a 'small' quarterly/yearly budget for
>  performance recognition that was easy to plan for.
>  This is one of the reason why I'm really interesting in helping
>  generate subproject metrics, so we can track performance in a fair way
>  that makes sense for that subproject.  We can't easily compare package
>  maintainers to document writers or ambassadors. But if each subgroup
>  had its own metric we could trend growth/stagnation for that subgroup
>  as well as create some valid recognition opportunities for
>  individuals.
>  But what we do not want to do is attempt to do come up with a just to
>  justify how we give out a little swag that just happened to fall in
>  our lap.   As in the case of this LWN situation.  I'd like to do this
>  again in a year, and give subscriptions out based on merit..but we
>  need to have multiple subprojects generating internally agreed-on
>  performance metrics to be able to do it.  So.... contributors in
>  different subproject, think real hard about it.  Can each major
>  subproject create an agreed on performance metric that we can have in
>  place to start tracking starting at the beginning of the F10 testing?
>  -jef
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Since the 1th FAmSCo we organize an Award program starting from an
Alex Meier (Ambs proj founder) arriving to the last FAmSCo. Yes, i
agree with a the idea of metrics, as you advice each sub project has
its metrics, ambassadors project, for his nature, has both a concrete
(events etc...) and personal metric (leadership in a country, etc...).
We are a really different project, because ambassadors aren't working
in the same place and each country has its events, smaller, for
example, than other one. If we choose a standard metrics we could cut
those people that, for example, are working great trying to prepare
online material or trying to organize their country IRC meeting. Not
only. We decide to use a metrics, how can we measure it for each
ambassadors? We haven't a tool to measure all ambs activities, both
live and offline.

I think Ambs Project couldn't have and can't have a standard metric,
and if we choose one we will create big lack from an ambassador from a
country to another. In the past I've proposed to create such thing you
are asking for, but it gave no result, i received a lot of mail with
people who say: "I'm here, I'm spreading fedora in my country, but i
can use Internet only once a month". I think you are right when you
say we have to think a lot but i think we will not found a solution.
Our metre is our people who know better than each metre who can have a
prize and who can be awarded.


Francesco Ugolini

p.s. this is my last post here, because it's offtopic. Maybe I can
star a new thread in the same list.

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