It was left out because that page has always been English only, but we’re fixing that now. We’ve started to localize the Get Involved page and now have the start of Spanish and Portuguese pages on the dev site.
One reason this hasn’t happened is that we didn’t have the infrastructure to connect people interested in a specific area of the project and speaking a particular language to an existing Mozillian who would be able to help.
When people share stories about how they got involved there is a common thread about making connections with someone in the community. Helping this happen at the scale of Mozilla today is key to connecting with contributors everywhere.
To take one example, here’s a message that came in through the English Get Involved page last week:
“I’m an open source activist and student in Argentina and want to help with policy development and marketing in my region.”
I wrote this person back, but it would have been better to invite this person to write to us in Spanish and have someone who lived in and knew about the community and contribution opportunities in Argentina get in touch.
Mozilla Reps gives us a way to do that. There are hundreds of Reps around the world and the plan is to have Reps from each locale be the first point of contact for people wanting to get involved.
This will be a better experience for new contributors and will allow us to reach out to more people. Around 200 people interested in getting involved contact us each day from the English page, so we’ll be able to increase that even more.
If you’re interested in learning more or taking part in localizing Get Involved into more languages, comment on this post, contact me directly or join the discussion on the tracking bug.