Greetings Ubuntu friends!
In our ongoing effort to support and grow our community, I wanted to take a moment to share a new initiative the Community Team has embarked upon.
As with any open source project, it is crucial that we are presenting the most accurate and helpful information possible. With nearly two decades of Ubuntu, important community information has been spread across multiple platforms and has had the unfortunate effect of frustrating prospective community members. We need to ensure those who want to learn about our community, and become part of the Ubuntu family, can easily do so.
Here are some of the ways we plan on tackling the problem:
- Migration of all community governance pages to a Discourse backend. Snapcraft and Anbox Cloud are two excellent examples of this model.
- Removal of old community pages from the Ubuntu Wiki that are no longer accurate or relevant.
- Restructuring of the Community menu on Ubuntu.com
- Creation of a new “Getting Started” landing page to help guide newcomers, regardless of their background and skill set, to becoming Ubuntu community members and contributors.
What comes next
- Continued migration of community centric pages from other platforms to Discourse.
- Empowering community members to help in the documentation upkeep efforts via special Discourse Badges and maybe… some Ubuntu swag
We strongly believe that addressing these items will help improve the quality of our community offerings and lower the barrier to entry for future Ubuntu community members.
Join in the effort
If you’d like to help with the effort, here are a few things you can do:
- Create a Discourse profile. (You’ll need to create an Ubuntu One account first if you haven’t already).
- Review Documentation in the Community Documentation category and suggest changes by commenting on the post. Editors are extremely important!
- This is a big one! Help migrate Community documentation from the Ubuntu Wiki. We’ll be sharing some additional guides on how best to do this soon.
- For team, council and board leaders: We’ll also be sharing a template for moving essential group information to Discourse in the near future.
If you have questions, please feel free to respond here, or reach us on the #ubuntu-doc channel on IRC.