Hall of Fame

I think we have an issue with the Ubuntu Hall of Fame. Currently, it focuses nearly entirely on Developers. Don’t get me wrong, I am completely aware of the contributions that developers make to the community. However, we have many other great people who help out in other areas other than development. We have many people working to ensure that the documentation that we ship in the various *buntu releases, as well as our wiki documentation, is accurate and complete. We also have an amazing forum which is filled with users who have spent countless hours writing tutorials and answering questions. We also can not forget about the people who idle in numerous IRC channels in order to be able to answer any question that might be asked.

These are merely a few of the ways other than development, that a user can contribute to Ubuntu. In my opinion, these tasks help the community just as much as fixing a bug in a package. We should add sections to the Hall of Fame that acknowledges the people who contribute to these other areas. These users also deserve to be recognized as Featured Contributors.

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6 Responses to Hall of Fame

  1. Jordan says:

    I don’t think it focuses very disproportionately on “developers”. There are 8 “areas” on the HoF (Featured Contributor + 7 stats). Only 3 of those are developer-specific. That’s hardly “nearly entirely”. The problem with a lot of the non-technical development areas are they are very difficult to quantify and thus difficult to give stats on. A couple ideas for more non-tech things would be “Most thanked on the Forums” or “Most Forum Posts”, but generally it’s just not as easy to quantify non-technical contributions.

  2. nhandler says:

    Jordan,

    I have to disagree. But first, let me clarify that I usually pair bug triaging with bug patching, which I consider a Developer activity. As a result, ”
    Upstream Bug Rockstars” acknowledges software projects with a percentage of at least 90% of bugs linked upstream. This is a task done by bug triagers/developers. “Busiest Sponsors” acknowledges the Developers. “Latest Developers” acknowledges the developers. “Top reviewers on REVU” is for Developers. “Top Ubuntu contributors in LP” is split between developers and translators. “Latest Ubuntu Interviews” mainly contains interviews about developers. “Featured Contributor” has so far only focused on developers. That just leaves “Latest Members” which acknowledges non-developers (as well as Developers who became Ubuntu Contributing Developers).

    Although it isn’t as easy to find metrics to use to measure contributions in other areas, it is possible. For instance, we could create a user and have him subscribe to all wiki pages. We could then parse the email notifications to keep track of how many pages a user edits/creates and use this data in the HOF. A similar thing could be done for the different documentation bzr branches. This would allow us to see who has been active in creating/editing documentation. For the forums, we could parse this RSS Feed (http://ubuntuforums.org/external.php?type=RSS2&forumids=100) to acknowledge people who right tutorials. Like you said, we could also have sections listing the people who made the most posts in a certain period of time or who received the most thanks in a certain period of time. For IRC, we could keep track of the people who talk the most. We could also parse the IRC logs for messages similar to ‘nhandler++’ or ‘nhandler–‘. We could also create a random artwork box that randomly chooses a piece of submitted artwork to display.

    These are just a few ideas about ways that we could acknowledge the contributions made by users to other areas of the community.

  3. Jordan says:

    Nathan, you missed some of my point. Only 3 of the “areas” are specifically development. The other areas are either mixed (such as the LP contributors), technical-but-not-developer-specific like “upstream bug rockstars”, or open to anybody. Featured Contributors, Interviews, and Latest Members are totally not developer-specific so you’ve got roughly 50/50 there, even if bugs count as “developer stuff”, which I disagree with as most people who contribute are not developers.

    Note that I’m not saying we shouldn’t add more sources of data, I’m just saying that the assertion that the current HoF is a developers-only club is really not true.

  4. Shaun Dennie says:

    It’s hard to quantify forum contributions with the Thanks functionality missing (and it’s not coming back). A high post count on the forums means just that: A high post count. It doesn’t mean those posts were actually helpful though. I’m all for recognizing forums contributions in a bigger way (as you know, I’m mostly a forums guy) but, I don’t really know how to do it.

  5. Bhavani Shankar says:

    +1 shaun from my side too

  6. Not that I’m impressed a lot, but this is a lot more than I expected when I stumpled upon a link on Furl telling that the info is quite decent. Thanks.

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