I got involved with Mozilla because I loved that I could just show up and start helping and would be welcomed as a valued contributor. There was no interview, no approval process and no secret handshake.
This is wonderful but it does make it hard to know who is in the community*. There have been attempts before to pull together information from available sources and last year’s State of Mozilla report has an infographic that includes many of the numbers we have.
I think we can build on this and improve it. For instance, with 10 layers of numbers it is hard to read and some of the numbers (eg, Bugzilla accounts) aren’t that informative. Also some data is specific to certain project areas and other important areas are omitted.
It seems like a good next step would be to define a few useful categories that are general enough to cover the wide range of activities going on across the community. We could then use those definitions to more simply show the community as a whole.
Here is a first pass at a new infographic that does this. Definitions for these categories and examples of each are below.
- A user is someone who uses Mozilla products but may not be aware of Mozilla’s mission or that there are volunteer opportunities they could get involved with. (Firefox user, Thunderbird user)
- A supporter is someone who has shown an interest in Mozilla without having made a substantial contribution back to the community yet. (Someone who has downloaded a beta or has liked Firefox on Facebook)
- A casual contributor is someone who has volunteered small amounts of time in an activity that doesn’t necessarily involve interactions with other community members. (Someone who has submitted a crash report or feedback on input.mozilla.org)
- An active contributor is someone who has volunteered substantial time to a Mozilla activity that involves interactions with others within the last 12 months. (Someone who answers questions on SUMO or localizes a Mozilla website)
- A core contributor is someone who has a leadership position in one or more Mozilla project areas. (A module owner or peer, a Mozilla Representative)
What do you think of these definitions or the infographic? Does this reflect your feelings about who is in Mozilla?