Mendicant OSS Clinic Survey
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TimestampAre you interested in participating in an OSS Clinic?Did you know there was an OSS Clinic June 11-15 featuring Mendicant's Anita IRC bot?If you knew about the Anita OSS Clinic, what kept you from participating?What projects would you be interested in working with in a future OSS Clinic?What do you feel is the best way to broadcast events to the community (and general public) about events such as an OSS Clinic?Anything else you'd like to say in regards to OSS Clinics?
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6/26/2012 11:47:06YesYeshad no time :<anything really. but it would be interesting to have a big project like rubinius, rails, jruby be the topic of the day and to help people get involvedtwitter, email newsletter, forums, website<3 <3 <3
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6/26/2012 11:48:51YesYesworkSomething from our every day toolchain, like Active Record, Bundler or some other popular gem. The impact would be greater.Anouncements on the website plus a tweet.
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6/26/2012 11:51:56YesYesTime conflict :(AnythingTweeting/email list.It might be helpful to have a discussion a day or two before to talk about the issues for those of us who are not super devs. So if we decide to try and tackle one we have some understanding of the complexity.
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6/26/2012 12:08:57YesYesAvailability due to college commitmentsAnything, from improving existing libraries, both code and documentation, to new libraries that the community is lacking.Just word of mouth, spread it through dedicated channels as well as social networks.OSS is amazing :)
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6/26/2012 12:34:08YesNoN/Aprobably rails or ruby based

Example: 3.2.x branch of https://github.com/bborn/communityengine
Which community?

Use the mendicant email list
Separate the task into
* code and non-code

Tag them
* easily, med, hard
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6/26/2012 12:59:51YesNorubinious
chronic
unicorn
passenger
rack
rails
twitter
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6/26/2012 13:30:19YesYesBusy on my own projects :(rstat.ustwitter<3
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6/26/2012 14:41:13YesNoSubmission to RubyFlow or Ruby Weekly, mention on the Ruby Rogues podcast
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6/26/2012 15:37:45YesNoI just joined MU.I'm really not sure; as I said, I just joined. I just know that I would be interested.The mailing list worked fine for me, but of course I was on it. That precludes the general public.

As for the GP, I dunno, perhaps a full page ad in the NY Times? ;) Other than that, maybe some posts to some development forums and blogs?
I look forward to finding out more what MU is all about. It sounds like a cool place.
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6/26/2012 16:19:17YesNoAny project but of course my Project, Main Street Mission Food Pantry, that Corey Purcell is working would be great the regular emails work fine - I must have just missed this one
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6/26/2012 20:37:57YesYesOrganization of the event or oss. It doesn't matter so long as its guided. Or a group project. Email, Twitter, Facebook, and work of mouth. I have lots of friends who would be interested as first timers. Great idea. Let me know if I can help!!
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6/26/2012 22:40:15YesNo
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6/27/2012 11:17:56YesNospree, devise, railsemail, rubyflow.com, podcasts like rubyroguesi love the idea and want to participate
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6/28/2012 10:19:16YesYesOther priorities. I wouldn't worry about it too much - people have a lot going on. It's hard to get participation even when it's completely open (i.e. hackdays). Also, maybe you did all this and I just missed it, but with Anita I think it would be good to have some examples of what we could build that would be useful - that might inspire people to either try implementing or come up with their own ideas - as well as some concrete tasks such as features or bugfixes for Anita itself. It's hard to find suitable "real" projects. Anita seems like a potentially good one, Newman is another. I think it has to fill a compelling need, and be seen as such, in order for people to want to contribute their free time towards it.For the MU community, I think it's still worth using the mailing list. I know it's kind of frowned upon in favor of IRC, website, & forums, but I don't think those are as effective right now. I think a combination of website + email, plus follow-up email and announcement on IRC the day of or day before.

In terms of the wider (ruby) community, my guess is it's most effective to get it on common news aggregators like RubyFlow, Ruby Inside, Ruby Reflector, etc. and mentions on podcasts like Ruby 5 and Ruby Rogues. I don't know if we're using the MU twitter feed effectively and if these are generally picked up by those outlets. For programming community generally, to post on HN and Reddit I suppose.

A few ideas:

Maybe just start them going every other week, very low key, if no one participates a given week it's no big deal, just use the time to work on it yourself and give an update to folks on IRC.

Poll everyone who's expressed any interest in it ahead of time for a good day/time when they are generally available, to increase chance of participation.

Plan to roll out some Anita application or feature during the OSS clinic - nothing like adding a little drama to spark people's interest.
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6/28/2012 10:22:46YesYesBusy :'( But I did have fun generating ideas for the bot.Anita, PuzzleNode (I really want someone to bring it back to life)Twitter, Public Site, Community Mailing List (after both and ask for RTs)Thanks for putting them on handsome!
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6/28/2012 10:29:28YesNochange rubykoans to use minitest
work on a forum software in ruby https://github.com/radar/forem/
twitter. google plus
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6/28/2012 10:55:46YesNoI know next to nothing about these Clinics. I have no idea what to ask, or even say. What do you mean by "where the community focuses their energy on a single OSS project"? Is that hacking on it? Writing docs? Installing? Using? What does this even mean?
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6/28/2012 19:22:59YesYesLack of organization from my partAny research open source project like Gwyddion that is cross platform and GPL licenced.
The project should be able to run on linux.
I thought it was fine the way it was, with twitter. But a mail newsletter would be better for me. I am sorry I could not make it. Have you seen the ubuntu appshowdown[0]?
it is a bit focused on ubuntu development but I'm more thinking that if someone wants to participate in a certain project and would like some guidance as to how and openstandards quality assesment that would be great.

[0] http://developer.ubuntu.com/showdown/
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6/28/2012 22:54:48YesNoE-mail and Twitter.Weekends would be great! Thanks, keep up the good work!
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7/1/2012 12:16:51YesNoGeneral-purpose projects and/or projects useful to geeks at large.Write to the list, write on the MU website, mention in The Unicorn’s Horn.
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