"What is the Fedora Project?"

Mike McGrath mmcgrath at redhat.com
Thu Oct 8 01:13:29 UTC 2009

On Wed, 7 Oct 2009, Paul W. Frields wrote:
> In particular this very early sentence should be important in thinking
> about our target audience: "[A] tiny minority of users usually
> accounts for a disproportionately large amount of the content and
> other system activity."  Note that the model shown in this article
> is supported by our experience of bringing users into the community to
> participate, first in limited ways and then (in some cases) more
> protracted and substantial ones.

I read that sentence to mean the vocal minority.  Not the nonvocal

> This is why I feel so strongly that we should not be assuming that the
> people we see every day in our roles in the Fedora community,
> participating and contributing in constructive ways, are de facto
> representative of our only target audience.  Do we want those people
> involved?  Almost invariably the answer is "yes."  But there are many
> more people we reach, and more that we want to be reaching, to
> encourage an appreciation for sustainable software freedom, on the
> terms we set out in our mission and core values:

Can you give some more detailed examples here?  You've defined the people
we see day to day but then went on to describe the people we don't see day
to day.  Those two groups combined are everyone :)


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