The Metrics team is creating a dashboard of information from the Get Involved page. The only metrics we’ve had were the total number of inquiries and that has limited what we’ve been able to learn about how to help more people get involved.
The dashboard is still being worked on, but already there are interesting things to see. For instance, I can see which areas people are most interested in (Support, Coding and Webdev are the top three). You can check this out for now on this screenshot and the dashboard will be available soon.
This is useful information. Based on this, maybe we don’t show every possible contribution option on the Get Involved page because some aren’t a fit for potential contributors’ interests or skills?
For instance, Lukas and I tried an experiment where we put Build Automation contribution information on Get Involved, but it didn’t lead to more contributors coming in. That makes sense because it requires a certain familiarity with Mozilla that people new to Mozilla wouldn’t have.
Maybe the better way to bring in a new contributor for the Build Automation team is to work with the Support, Coding and Webdev teams to look for volunteers who started there and are looking for the next challenge?
I’d be interested in hearing other ideas about what we could learn from better metrics around the Get Involved pages, so feel free to share your thoughts.