I really don’t understand what kind of recognition you miss, it’s hard if you can’t put it into words.
I really don’t see a problem with having this much, or even more diversity.
We can’t force people to use/work on what they don’t want to work, and those that work on some different things also can be cooperating on other common things.
If we reduce diversity will those contributors still be around, or will they leave and do whatever they want somewhere else!?
I do believe it’s latter that will happen more often.
What will we loose with a reduction on that?
How are we harmed having people working on different/alternative things?
Would people still be around if they couldn’t do that?
I do believe we are net benefited from having this much diversity.
That doesn’t mean I think that everybody and their dog should get their software on the Debain and Ubuntu archives, or that publishing your own distro that did created to learn how to do a distro is a good idea. But those are entirely different issues. The packages get into the Debian (and therefore Ubuntu) archive because people cared enough to do the work of creating the packages and of maintaining them, and to have an officially recognized Ubuntu flavour there’s also a threshold of expertise and proven commitment that has to be demonstrated ahead.
I don’t say you don’t have a point on what you say, maybe it makes sense to distinguish between packages that are actually actively maintained, and that the majority of the community would rather contributors to work on, from others that are not that maintained or seen as less important. Maybe dividing universe a bit further to signal those things would be a good idea.
Lack of contributors and active involvement in general is something I agree, we need to do more and better to get more active contributors, but for that, we need to be able to identify objectively and not just subjectively what are those barriers, to then plan ways to tear them down.
With the i386 crisis, we have seen how messy things can get when there’s a gap on communication and involvement from the users with the much smaller group of people that actually actively contributes, so we really need to bridge this gap and increase the number of contributors.
Now, ln order to be positive I’ll leave two proposals:
1.I do believe @popey is doing something valuable by publishing those videos, and we have also discussed doing something like this within our own LoCo, many times. We all need to start doing more things like that.
2. We need to review Contribute to Ubuntu Wiki Page, it’s apparently not that up to date. And we need to incorporate new content such as Alan’s videos, into the wiki.