Building a community phonebook

I’ve been working on a project to build a community phonebook that would give active contributors a place to add information about themselves and to learn more about other community members.

Right now we’re thinking through how people can add information and easily choose the right level of privacy for each piece of data. For instance, it should be simple to make your name public but keep your email viewable only by other community members.

As a first step we’ve put together some wireframes to explore different options. We’re definitely interested in getting feedback about these to help us move forward to build something Mozillians would like to use.

In addition to these wireframes, there are pages on the wiki with information about schedules, code and more. We also just set up a forum for further discussion:

Feel free to post here on this blog or on the mailing list or newsgroup to let us know what you think.

7 thoughts on “Building a community phonebook

  1. I’d suggest never publishing sensitive data such as email addresses in order to make sure it won’t be used by someone to aggregate our email addresses. Instead, I’d suggest placing a web-based email form.

    1. That’s a good suggestion. I think we should let people post their email addresses if they want, but also providing a contact form for people who don’t is a great idea.


    2. On the other hand, this is what the l10n team would really like to do with the community phonebook.

      Say, get the names and emails of all firefox owners and peers, and send them a mail, one per team, with details on what’s left to do for the next fx release.

      We’ll need the data to be machine readable, as doing this 50-100 times won’t be fun.

      1. In terms of groups, people will be able to add tags to their profile. So all of the localizers could add an l10n tag and then there would be some way to communicate with everyone with a specific tag.


    1. Sorry for not being clearer — this is Gerv’s project and we’re working on it together.

      There are two parts to this the way we’re thinking about it now. One part is a general open source project that Gerv is calling Domesday and the second is an installation of this that is specific to Mozilla which is Mozillians.


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