We’re promoting us as an wide open community, but currently I feel that we didn’t left so widely open the doors. Partially. What I really miss it, is an place, an website where our members could drop in problems, ideas, and to brainstorm out in open form what’s up next in relation of each question, or else. As I said, partially. You know why?
Because currently when we have problems, questions, ideas around Fedora – it’s mainly goes through the mailing list only, where NOT everybody is reading. Also – yeah, our infra team, and engineer team, and the other teams has it’s own tools, wiki sites, voting procedures, but I feel that’s far away that an open source community could achieve. In first round we said that we need marketing, and merchandising. I say, I think it’s time to have PR, and brainstorming sessions too targeting us, and feed(s)back our community or vice-versa. I mean pull inside into under one page all of our inputs, ideas, problems, questions – and manage it under one common site. Not just only in mailing list, or just an post here on Planet. Also I feel that permission rights (levels) for every question, (voting, and brainstorming, etc.) about the related question (suggestion or whatever discussions are) could be managed through one system. Implementing this will be not so easy, but not impossible, I think.
I have checked out how the others are doing this. Dell has an IdeaStorm site where they accepting ideas, problems, from everybody who registers on their site. They have an very good voting system, answering the questions, suggestions, and everybody could have an comment too. When an thing came in and Dell wants the community help, they are calling together an Storm Session, where everybody could put in about that theme their ideas. Else the site, just aggregates the ideas – and the development & leaders, maintainers implementing, answering, making feedbacks as they could, or need. I think similar system could be used not only packages suggestions, problem discussions, our releases, else to much-much more – and we could reach more widely our community.
But similar system has the Ubuntu community, but they are using that only for limited types of discussions: http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/
What do you think, guys? Could we create an such community site?