I’m very excited that the Mozilla Community Directory is now live. I’ve been focused on this all year and now I’m thinking about what to focus on next.
This directory will be a resource that everyone can use to improve the experience of contributing to Mozilla and I’d like to see what other resources people need to get more contributors involved.
I’ve recently started conversations with almost 40 people from 20 different project areas to learn about what else they could use to be more effective.
One thing that would help is better data about what areas new contributors are interested in and how difficult it is for someone to start contributing.
I’ve talked to the Metrics team about this and they’ve just drafted a mockup of a Get Involved dashboard. Does this look useful? Is there other information you’d like to see?
Mozillians have always helped new people get involved, but Mozilla has changed a lot since the early days and the way we bring in new contributors needs to change as well.
In addition to more tools like the Community Directory and better metrics, there is also a need for
* Optimized contributor channels
* Community building skill development
* Institutional knowledge sharing
* And more
If you have ideas for other things that would be useful or if you’d like to talk through how to make it easier for people to get involved in what you’re doing, please feel free to comment here, post to the Contribute Group on Yammer or contact me directly at dboswell at mozilla dot com.