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[personal profile] cesy
I have consulted my diary and concluded this is happening on 15-17 June.

Starting from 7pm on Friday night, finishing 2pm Sunday. Remote participation encouraged - we'll be on IRC and Discord and can set up Skype if people want.

Practical details for those attending )
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[personal profile] cesy
I have a new home and space to host a volunteer weekend - would anyone be up for another one, maybe in June? I'm within easy reach of Waterloo or Victoria for those outside London.
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[personal profile] kaberett
The volunteer weekend is nearly upon us! I'll be in and around from mid-afternoon Friday.

I'm expecting to provide crash space for [personal profile] shortcipher, [personal profile] cesy, and [personal profile] swaldman. If you think you should be on that list, please shout!

There are lots of local takeaways and I'll also be over-catering, as usual. Food is by default lacto-ovo vegetarian but lots of other configurations are available; the kitchen does contain both gluten and nuts.

Please also shout if you need my Skype details to join in that way, but I'll make sure we're paying attention to IRC too :-)

(aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah)

(& if you don't have things in mind to work on, DON'T WORRY, I HAVE A WISHLIST and so too does [personal profile] kareila)
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[personal profile] kaberett
Following up on the previous post, I decree a volunteer weekend from the 23rd-25th of March, as being the one most people have expressed a preference for.

There's a bunch of access/parking/etc info in the comments on the previous post; if you have any particular dietary requirements/preferences you'd like me to cater for, please let me know (but you're also welcome to use the kitchen yourself!); we have a Sufficiency of computer to be able to lend some if necessary, and a wide variety of seating options. We'll have a dedicated machine running Skype for folk who want to Skype in.

If I've granted you access, this filtered post contains my address and other contact details. If you don't have access, holler and I'll ping it over to you.
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[personal profile] kaberett
Hello folk!

I would quite like some encouragement to host another Dreamwidth volunteer weekend. I am arbitrarily choosing March in the hopes that I will have got my current energy levels slightly more sorted out by then. As usual, I am offering to host (in North London, step-free access, Skyping/IRCing in welcome & encouraged). ERGO:

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 6


Which weekends in March work for you?

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9th-11th (Alex might be otherwise occupied Friday night + Saturday afternoon/evening)
3 (50.0%)

16th-18th
5 (83.3%)

23rd-25th
5 (83.3%)

Which single weekend would you prefer, if you can do several? (Optional!)

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9th-11th
0 (0.0%)

16th-18th
1 (33.3%)

23rd-25th
2 (66.7%)

Any access questions or requests?

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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.
kaberett: A sleeping koalasheep (Avatar: the Last Airbender), with the dreamwidth logo above. (dreamkoalasheep)
[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.
deborah: the Library of Congress cataloging numbers for children's literature, technology, and library science (Default)
[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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