Rewarding community contributors
We have got around 900 submissions to the N810 maemo device program, which is an interesting subset of the >7000 users registered in maemo.org. We have 500 discounts to be distributed among people that is or could be pushing this platform forward. Now we only need to connect this sensible, common-sense principle to 500 userIDs.
Because the maemo project has already some history, we want to reward the most active contributors. Because the maemo platform is mainly based on generic open source components we want to reward developers with a mobile focus upstream. Because maemo has still a lot of potential we want to help and encourage new open source developers with brilliant ideas. These are the three flexible and overlapping segments we are considering.
We select the brilliant ideas by going through the ca. 900 submissions, one by one.
We select the people active mostly upstream through the recommendations received internally from the core maemo developers aka Nokia employees. They can put names and surnames to the people they collaborate with on a regular basis, even if those never appear in the maemo.org endeavours.
User karma is a key aspect being used to measure the maemo activity. The system is far from perfect and quite experimental at this point, but it does give a hint in the right direction. In order to get your karma right, make sure your email address is the same on all your instances (i.e. pick for garage and bugzilla the same email you are using in the mailing lists). Application developers will boost their karma by providing product pages in the revamped Downloads section and identifying properly the people involved. Rate your preferred software and news, and you will increase the karma of their authors.
I’m looking forward to the mid term effects of this karma, helpful at pointing out what can you do in maemo today and who are your reference fellows. This karma is also an integrator of different areas of community contribution, from Downloads section and the social News to classical channels like the mailing lists, bugzilla or garage (hosting almost 400 projects as we speak).
As a very valuable side effect newcomers have good visibility to the best & latest stuff the maemo community has produced, and also to the people making this happen. This way the oldtimers and experienced contributors provide in/direct guidance to the young explorers and apprentices. As it always has been.
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