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[personal profile] kaberett
Hi folk,

The May contributor weekend is underway. Feel free to show up in person if you're local and at a loose end, or hop onto IRC and say hi :-)

We can also do Skype sessions for telecommuting!
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[personal profile] kaberett
Hello folk!

A reminder that I am running a Dreamwidth contributor weekend on the 14th of May, with spillover to the 15th. To get a sense of what goes on at these events, you can take a look at the November event summary and the February event summary.

If you need the physical address, please let me know and I'll PM it you along with instructions on how to get here by public transport. This is not the same address as the last time I hosted, so please do make sure you know where you're going!

If you'd like to attend remotely, find us on IRC or add me on Skype (ekabrett): I'm intending to have a spare machine running a video Skype call to interested folk from the corner of one of the rooms from about 11am on the Saturday (i.e. if you're attending in person and would rather not participate in the Skype call this will be avoidable).

More logistics! )
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[personal profile] kaberett
My previous was INEPT, by which I mean "I am very sorry, I had failed to adequately get my head round familial obligations including celebrating a 98th birthday party"; consequently the dates are instead the 14th and 15th of May, and questions of whether to hold this round in a hackerspace resolve to "no, because I'll have spent a week in the depths of Cornwall" (half a mile down a grass lane outside the village, for serious, and while the neighbour's just paid to have cable laid down the lane my grandfather does not quite believe in the Internet, and whether there's mobile signal at all is entirely dependent on which way the wind is blowing).

So to reiterate, apologies for the misadvertisement, and the next contributor weekend will be the 14th and 15th of May.
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[personal profile] kaberett
Hi folk,

Per the poll, I will be hosting a Dreamwidth contributor event on the 7th & 8th 14th and 15th of May in London. (November 2015 event announce and summary; February 2016 announce and summary.)

It would be possible to hold the Saturday portion of the event in the cafe at Campus London, an event space in Shoreditch managed by Google -- or to hold it near Oakwood station on the Piccadilly line. The latter's more awkward to get to, but I'd be in a position to provide lots of food; the former is going to be a public (and possibly crowded/noisy) space.

If you'd be curious to try out Campus London as a venue, please let me know by Friday the 18th of March -- I'll need to set up an Eventbrite or similar, and I'll need to be able to provide Campus London with a list of attendees prior to the event, and also to come up with some copy about how hosting a Dreamwidth event will Benefit The Start-Up Community. (If [personal profile] me_and remains the only person expressing an active interest in this I am absolutely delegating the booking to him. :-p)

Cheers!
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[personal profile] kaberett
I'll be hosting again for this one. How exactly I do that is open for discussion, so please do weigh in -- and please do fill out the poll if attending in person isn't an option but you think you'd like to telecommute again!

Poll #17322 London Dreamwidth contributor weekend - May
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9


Which weekends in May might you be able to attend an event?

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30th April/1st May
4 (44.4%)

7th/8th May
9 (100.0%)

14th/15th May
8 (88.9%)

21st/22nd May
6 (66.7%)

There is the option of finding a central hacker space to host the Saturday portion of the event. If you'll be attending in person, what location would you prefer for the Saturday portion?

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A hack/maker space in central London
1 (16.7%)

A private home in zone 5 (Piccadilly line)
1 (16.7%)

Don't mind
4 (66.7%)

Other, which I will explain in comments
0 (0.0%)

If the preferred weekend is the 14th/15th of May, would you like a Dreamwidth Eurovision party?

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Yes
5 (62.5%)

Don't mind
4 (50.0%)

Don't mind provided I don't have to join in
0 (0.0%)

No
0 (0.0%)

Something else, which I will explain in comments
0 (0.0%)

kaberett: A sleeping koalasheep (Avatar: the Last Airbender), with the dreamwidth logo above. (dreamkoalasheep)
[personal profile] kaberett
Attendees: nine-ish

Issues filed: 6

Pull requests made: 15 (and another several mostly-drafted to come)

Support: lots of issues tested, diagnosed, and responded to (mostly by [personal profile] cesy, who's gone up three places on the High Scores board!)

Documentation: one bug specification, two updated FAQs, and a new wiki page

Things baked: one batch of salted caramel brownie; one batch of cornbread

Furthest telecommute: the Australian contingent are still winning this one ([personal profile] swaldman showed up in person this time, so that's the longest physical commute but means he wasn't in the running for a prize for this category ;) )

Next event: sometime in May (poll to follow!)
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[personal profile] foxfirefey
Heads up for any dev folks in the Seattle area--I'm going to be hosting a DW Codefest at the Seattle Attic this Saturday from 10:30am-2:30pm PST. This is mostly for me to work on projects I keep putting off, but if anybody else happens to be in the Seattle area and wants to drop by and work with me or get advice, you are welcome! I will also be on IRC if anybody needs any virtual mentoring.
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[personal profile] misskat
I'm starting to coordinate a hackathon/docsathon in October. It'd be in the US, probably in Las Vegas. If you're a dev-type, and you're interested in attending, please check out the deets and fill out the poll over here: http://dw-volunteers.dreamwidth.org/22227.html

(If you're not sure if you should attend, feel free to message me. I'll tell you yes, then you can go fill out the poll.)
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[personal profile] deborah
For people coming to the Boston-area hackathon in Davis Square, Somerville, on Saturday, June 15: leave contact info in a (screened) comment here, and I'll send you details. (We're meeting in an office space so I don't want to post publically.)

Experienced to beginner contributors welcome, seriously, code-adjacent is fine. :D

Dreamwidth Strong!
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[personal profile] deborah
You know what Greater Boston needs right now, besides a massage and a teddy bear? A Dreamwidth hackathon!

As I implied last month, I'm prepared to host a dreamwidth hack event in Davis Square. I was going to post a range of proposed dates (and still can, if necessary) but if we do Saturday, June 15, there are good odds we will have a Very Special Dreamwidth Guest Star™ attending. So how do people feel about that date? We could get together noonish, bring in some lunch if we want to, maybe go out to dinner. :D

Experienced to beginner contributors welcome.

Poll #13290 Coding in the 'ville
This poll is anonymous.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 24

Saturday, June 15

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This would work for me, and I will comment so you know my username
5 (20.8%)

This wouldnt work for me, but some other dates in the spring / early summer would
0 (0.0%)

I can't go to a get together in greater boston but I like to click in polls. CLICKY.
19 (79.2%)



Poll is anon, comments are screened unless you tell me to unscreen, so you don't have to worry about geographically outing yourself.
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[personal profile] deborah
This poll should not be construed as me making any promises, but is generally feeling people out. I will say that I get so much more programming done when I am with other dreamwidth people, even if I'm not asking them for any help at all. And sometimes asking for help just constitutes talking your problem out loud to somebody else who understands it.

I am anonymizing responses because the final question could be used to tell people where you live.


Poll #13052 Hackfest
This poll is anonymous.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 44

would you attend a hackathon convenient to you?

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yes
24 (55.8%)

maybe
19 (44.2%)

no
2 (4.7%)

If you would attend a hackfest, you are

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a confident contributor already, but it is always nice to be social
8 (19.0%)

not intending to be a contributor, but you would like to be social
0 (0.0%)

a confident contributor already, but it always helps to be around other coders
9 (21.4%)

a beginner who would love company / hand-holding / help
14 (33.3%)

someone who hadn't gotten started yet, but would love somebody to help me get off the ground as a contributor
19 (45.2%)

something else, which I might describe in comments
4 (9.5%)

if you want help, handholding, or training, you want it for

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perl
20 (57.1%)

styles
14 (40.0%)

the dreamwidth codebase in general
24 (68.6%)

git
16 (45.7%)

something else, which I might describe in comments
4 (11.4%)

Would you be interested in hosting in your city?

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Yes
7 (16.7%)

No
11 (26.2%)

Maybe
20 (47.6%)

Yes, but I am probably the only dreamwidth contributor who lives near here
11 (26.2%)

Would you be interested in a hackfest in Greater Boston?

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Yes, and I could come to Davis Square (red line)
6 (14.3%)

Yes, but I could not do one in Davis Square
0 (0.0%)

Yes, but you have to buy me a teleporter first
28 (66.7%)

No
11 (26.2%)

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[staff profile] denise
Mark and I were talking tonight about "ninja releasing" little things that are heavily-asked-for features or bugfixes/UI improvements, and I thought it might be cool to do a "New Year's Resolutions" type thing in the next news post: show the link to the effort-minor Bugzilla search and let people name the one thing they most want to see, then browse the list and try to implement as many of them as we can during January.

Would anybody be interested in coding for that type of hackathon?
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[personal profile] brainwane
I'm helping run a hackathon in San Francisco in two months, and wanted to let Dreamwidth developers know about it in case you want to come!

Developers in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, you can create cool hacks with and on Wikipedia. Our first San Francisco hackathon is happening Jan. 20-22, and we'll be there teaching you about MediaWiki (our software), about our API and about our framework for JavaScript feature development. Learn to reuse Wikipedia content in your own apps, create new functionality for every Wikipedia user around the world, or just tailor your own experience.


We're going to create a registration form really soon but I wanted to tell you about this so you can put it on your calendar.

I figure you folks have better ideas for Wikipedia integration than I do (I didn't see any in Bugzilla but maybe they aren't there yet?). I know there's a WordPress plugin, PhotoCommons, that makes it easy for bloggers to browse Wikimedia Commons for freely licensed images to dress up their posts. Maybe replicating that functionality in Dreamwidth would be cool? I've added it to the Suggestions queue.

Of course you don't need to come to the event to work on MediaWiki or on integration with Wikimedia sites -- our site has an intro tutorial and we are on IRC at #mediawiki on FreeNode and so on. But if you came to the event, that would be cool too. Open data!
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[staff profile] denise
August's usability hackathon went awesomely! 42 bugs keyworded why-usability had some action, and 22 of them were resolved, which gives us a huge usability boost. Point bounties will be sent out as soon as I can con someone into doing it for me get a chance to put together the transfers.

September's hackathon will be for bugs keyworded from-suggestions. The points bounty will be:

10 points for effort-minor
50 points for effort-medium
100 points for effort-major

There are currently 336 open bugs keyworded from-suggestions, and 274 of them are unassigned. I'd love it if we could get those numbers down by at least 10% -- which would be 303 open, 247 unassigned -- or even more. There's been a number of new suggestions added to Bugzilla in the past few weeks, so give the bug lists a wander through and see if anything really strikes you!
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[staff profile] denise
A reminder to all: the Usability Hackathon continues running until the end of August. All patches for bugs keyworded why-usability that are submitted before September 1 will have a points bounty of:

10 points for effort-minor
50 points for effort-medium
100 points for effort-major

Meanwhile, September's hackathon will be for user-submitted suggestions. During the month of September, the points bounty (same as above) will be given out for patches to bugs keyworded from-suggestions. (There will be more of them than there are right now; I'm going to be migrating a ton of stuff from suggestions this week, I just wanted to get the numbers down a bit before I did.)

Also, I wish to congratulate everybody. Today, we achieved an impressive milestone: 3,000 bugs resolved. This is amazing -- we've done so much, and come so far, and I am so incredibly proud of all of us! Thank you, yet again, to everybody and anybody who's contributed to making DW awesome :)
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[staff profile] denise
[personal profile] fu and I have been discussing a bit about what our concentration over the next few months should be, and so I would like to share this with y'all in case you're looking for some direction or inspiration on what bugs or projects you should be working on!

The past 6-9 months have been concentrating heavily on two things: a) backend cleanup and/or modernization to make interest payments on our technical debt, and b) extensive work on our style system, both in the form of new themes/new styles and improvement on the S2 backend as a whole. Don't get me wrong -- these are both great projects, and I love them to bits! (The former because it helps everyone down the line, making our codebase cleaner and more modern; the latter because we started at a distinct disadvantage in terms of available themes and styles, and the easier we make it for people to not only find a style or theme they like but to make themes and styles on their own, the better.) However, it's been a while since we've had any sort of concentrated push on frontend feature development and the overall user experience, and in order to make Dreamwidth a success, I think it's time for us as a team to band together and really make a push towards user-facing improvements.

To that end, I am declaring the major development focus during the remainder of 2011 to be "Mission: Feature Development". This doesn't mean you can't (or shouldn't) work on backend stuff, cleanup projects, code modernization, themes, styles, or S2 backend stuff if that's where your interests lie -- just that if you're looking for a project or a bug to pick up, and you're undecided about what you should work on, it would be most helpful to Dreamwidth-the-project if you picked up something user-facing or new-feature-development.

What sort of things do I mean when I say "user-facing or feature development?"

* Frontend usability tweaks to make the experience of interacting with DW more pleasant for the user -- things that are keyworded why-usability in Bugzilla.

* Accessibility improvements, to help DW be more usable by people who are using assistive technology or who need some sort of accomodation to make their experience of DW workable -- things that are keyworded why-accessibility in Bugzilla.

* New features for paid users, or things that have higher limits for paid users, or things that improve on paid features, or other things that will enhance the concept of a paid account -- things keyworded paiduser-enhancement in Bugzilla.

* Things that users have directly asked for or suggested, to improve their DW experience -- things that are keyworded from-suggestions in Bugzilla.

The idea, basically, is to spend the rest of the year in a heavy development push towards banging out new shiny things -- whether they're major or minor, huge new features or little tweaks to the user experience -- that will show people that we're improving the way they use the service and making things that extend the core function of DW in new and exciting ways.

If people would find it helpful, I can make lists of bugs that I think would fall into this category, for illustrative purposes! Also, as individual months go by, I'll be declaring "sub-projects" -- things I'd like to concentrate on in that particular month. (For instance, declaring one month to be a concentration on accessibility-improvement bugs, suggestions, etc.)

For August, I'd like to concentrate on usability improvements -- making it easier to get DW to do what people want it to do. To that end, any patch for a bug keyworded why-usability, from now to the end of August, will have a points bounty:

10 points for effort-minor
50 points for effort-medium
100 points for effort-major

Patch need not be committed before 31 August, just coded and submitted by then.

Let's kick some usability butt!
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[staff profile] denise
I've just transfered the points for the April-May "old bugs" hackathon, so if you wonder where the points came from, that was it! (And if you think I missed one of yours, let me know -- the Bugzilla search I was using might've been a bit wonky.)

[personal profile] fu is going to be on vacation for the middle of June, so no hackathon this month, but [personal profile] exor674 has suggested a "kill BML" hackathon: points for converting pages from BML to Template Toolkit. I like this idea and it will probably be our next hackathon, run in July or August, unless anyone objects!
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[staff profile] denise
It's time for our next hackathon! The suggestions hackathon did really well in getting people inspired to clear out some older stuff, so I thought, what about clearing out some really old stuff?

From now until May 30, patching a bug with a Bugzilla ID number under 2000 (so, 1-1999) will earn 10 DW points if it's effort-minor, 50 if it's effort-medium, and 100 if it's effort-major. Patching a bug with a three-digit or less Bugzilla ID (1-999) will carry a 50% points bonus (so, 15 for effort-minor, 75 effort-medium, 150 effort-major).

I know a lot of the older bugs are huge epic things (major projects we logged up front), but many of them are smaller fixes! There's even a codemerge or two. Check out the unassigned bugs and see if there's an older bug you can give some love to.
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[staff profile] denise
If you just got points from [personal profile] pauamma, it's because Pau was kind enough to tally and input the points from the Suggestions Hackathon for me :)

If you had fewer points coming to you than the minimum for point orders, you will shortly be getting a points transfer from me.

Thanks to everybody who participated in the hackathon! We cleared down a bunch of suggestions :)
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[staff profile] denise
The two-year anniversary of open beta launch is coming up at the end of April, and therefore it is time to start thinking about how we will celebrate!

One of the things I want to do is see how many "gifts to our users" we can provide before then, and what better way to do that than to take a look at some of the suggestions they've made. Right now we have 300 unassigned suggestions (thanks in part to a suggestions run this week!) and 332 open suggestions total, and I'd love to knock those numbers down to the 225-250 range.

So, it is time for the March Suggestions Hackathon. Grab an unassigned suggestion! Hack away!

In fact, from now until March 31, I will be putting a bounty on all suggestions bugs. :) For every patch submitted to a bug tagged 'from-suggestions' that is also tagged effort-minor, I'll give you 10 points; for effort-medium, 50 points, and for effort-major, 100 points. First draft of patches must be submitted from now to 31 March but may be revised/reviewed/committed aftewards.

(And, in celebration, I'm claiming a few myself. Despite not having coded anything in like five months. COVER ME, I'M GOING IN.)

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