The following post is my views and it doesn’t support views of overall community. My vision towards Mozilla vision is different and it will for sure change to everyone.
When we hear Mozilla we can remember lot of things Firefox browser, Firefox OS, Web literacy and so on. Contributing to internet is so easy we have been doing lot of things sharing about internet basics usage, surfing safely in Internet, making stalls in college fest / tech fest and so on. Everyone will have many thoughts some proudly say they are evangelist ( rarely without knowing about them ). For past few years this has been buzz words and many love to use it.
Mozilla Tamilnadu community started some years back with handful of contributors. They had lor of visions but their contribution are quantifiable and mostly action orientated. Previously many communities had plans to open so many students clubs and establishing names, but problems with these clubs in my experience is they fade away after years. I remember my mentor shared stories of contributors who were there in past and what they did, mostly noticeable people are Naresh & Dwaraknath and I am proud I meet them. Dwaraknath was good technical guy and has organised technical sprints to improve code contributors. Naresh & Gautam have handons experience is starting with sumo contribution, localization and so on. At same Naresh is good coder and security geek and Gautam has good track to improve web literacy in rural areas ( aim to create basic awareness and internet awareness ). They had one thing in common, bring quality contributors than starting random clubs. I remember I got in touch with community during Firefox OS app days, Naresh helped to develop apps using HTML5. At mid of 2013, Firefox OS was one of the big project which brought many contributors easily lot of focus were there contributing to core Firefox OS project, developing FIREFOX OS apps, Firefox marketplace place and reviewers ( proud I am one of reviewer), documentation of Firefox OS API in MDN, helping people with support using SUMO (AOA), writing support docs SUMO KB, localizing to different languages , finding bugs writing code for automation testing, Marketing about Firefox os training it to different phone manufacturer so they can adopt and do on. In these things many of the areas are not simple like starting a club, people joined to build themselves. I developed Firefox OS apps as I wanted to learn more about WebApi, I evangelized it and helped others to code apps so I can learn well in depth about API usage, and it eventually helped me to be a good as App reviewer. I contributed as VP of Tech in Fsa program ( till 2015 June) as I wanted to train other students when they require help in developing apps. All these helped me to be get started as contributor, I did something because I wanted to learn the skills and use it in my real life or professional life, and Mozilla community was a great platform to help me to fulfil my personal goals. Those personal goals in turn came as contributions.
The Main aim of this post is to understand How MozillaTN17 should be
For the first time, our Mozilla Tamilnadu community going to have meetup in coimbatore. It is very high expected and not many sub-communities in India will get this opportunity. We got this due to many contributors hard effort, personal I have seen contributors who are finding time to bring QA contributors, Women contributors who spent time to pull others and help them get started and much more. I am also excited, I was part of this community, so I feel I am also one of the responsible member in shaping this community. So I am sharing this thoughts.
We have asked our contributors to share a blog post about their plans for next 6 months. One of the main reason is we expect contributors to do a small research on various areas of contribution before they join us, we want everyone who come there Track leaders, long time contributors, contributors who get started in past 6 months and contributors who are going to start their contribution to Mozilla (yes we are also inviting people who have mobilized in other communities). When we have short term goals it motivates us to learn and get us engaged. One of the strong faith I personally have is when we have good motto to do something we can easily get started. When we create a TODO list and that too publicly then we will do it for sure, its more like a promise. So I have done my promise in my previous post
What is the exception in Contributors TODO list
- If you are going to come for Add-ons team, think how many Add-ons you can develop for next 6 months. Think of ways how you can help our community members add-ons and help to find their bugs.
- If you are going to come for WebVR, then think how many VR screens can be developed, how creatively you can develop screens and take WebVR community in India to next level.
- If you are going to apply for Rust, then simply think how you can use Rust for your projects and learn to contribute to servo. Say how many bugs you can solve. And how about replacing it in your daily usage of languages.
- If you going to Apply for QA team, think how you can start quality assurance. To which Project you can do automation testing. Which automation scripts you can publish.
- If you are applying for Webcompat, think about how many websites you can test per month, so how many bugs you can submit or you can patches you can do or contact website owners.
- If you plan to apply for Social Media team, think how can you do growth hacking to MozillaTN, think how you can engage contribution in our social Media platform. Think how you can about open design culture.
- You may also be interested in MDN, there are lot of articles waiting for contributors to get reviewed or published.
Take any one sample TODO which matches your focus area and write your own Next 6 months plan. There are many areas which I never know, do share about them so we can learn.
Yes seeing your actionable goal now will be super amazing, and this meetup will be more exciting. It will look 50 contributors who are very fast in their action discussion at a same place to protect the web. We can start our contribution be it coding, testing or growth hacking when we finish lay our Roadmap of 2017 at meetup.
Why are your waiting contributors in Tamilnadu, just prepare your plan and apply for meetup. Lets make this #MozillaTN17 meetup big. Know more about meetup here.