Learning more about contributing to Mozilla

Please fill out this volunteer survey if you’re are contributing to Mozilla now, if you used to contribute or if you’ve tried and didn’t end up contributing for some reason.

This is part of a contributor lifecycle audit that will help us improve the process of getting involved in all areas of the Mozilla project. This is also part of a larger effort to learn more about ourselves as a community.

My job title at Mozilla is ‘Tour Guide’ and I want to provide the same useful service as a map at the entrance to a park—I want to show people the things they’re interested in and how to get there.

This is needed because as Mozilla gets bigger and does more, we’re running into discoverability problems (as well as understandability problems, but I’m not sure if that’s a word).

So to make a map, we need to know what’s out there and how to get there. That’s what the Contributor Stewards program is about. I’m talking to those who are bringing people into their projects and helping them identify contribution opportunities and create paths for contributors.

There is still a lot we need to learn to make this a success. For instance, what areas of Mozilla are people interested in and what areas are people able to contribute to? The Metrics team has just posted a second mockup of a Get Involved dashboard that will let us answer those questions.

If you’re interested in helping with any of this, please get in touch.

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