DeveloperCommunication

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Keeping the project transparent

The Ubuntu Contributor team has grown a lot since warty and it's almost impossible to keep on top of everything that's happening. Therefore it's important that if you plan big changes (in terms of its impact on other packages and contributors and users), that you let the appropriate people know to avoid surprises, breakage, doubled efforts or anything else we don't want. Smile :-)

Things that are worth an announcement

  • Events: if you plan an event that affects contributors, you want to let them know well in advance about it.

  • Processes and Procedures: if they change, make it known well before-hand to avoid surprises. (For development-related processes, ubuntu-devel-announce is the best place.)

  • Announce changes in core teams, like the release team, archive admins, MIR team, etc. so people know who to talk to. If you're going to lead a team, introduce yourselves and your ideas. A quick introduction and some reasoning for the change will give more insight into the reason of the change and how the team works.

  • Elections / Nominations. Make sure everybody knows.
  • If you merge big changes (be it from Upstream or from Debian) that affect a lot of other packages.

  • Huge UI related changes might be important to the Docs team, users and other depending packages.

  • UDS and Meeting outcomes. Even if it's a quick summary, it'll help to keep everybody updated.

  • Big package transitions, their impact and suggested fixes. (Make sure the changes are well documented and well explained. Update UbuntuPackagingChanges)

  • New Release announce!

How

  • Be elaborate, explain in detail.
  • Check dates and times twice.
  • Be sure to document big changes appropriately in UbuntuPackagingChanges.

  • Explain the impact for users and developers.
  • Every developer can be expected to read the ubuntu-devel-announce@ list. If your announcement is important enough, send it there.

  • If you are unsure which list to send your mail to, have a look at the list below.
  • A good way to reach interested parties that are not part of the core set of developers, you might want to consider blogs, microblogs and other media. CommunityTeam/KnowledgeBase has some information on building buzz around intiativies and efforts.

Tips about email syntax

  • Use a revealing Subject: line to make the announcement easily findable.

  • Wrap the lines at 72 chars. It really makes a difference for people reading it.
  • The first paragraph should be a good summary of the content of the email.
  • When including URLs, include them indented and on their own line.
  • If there is actually a set of steps or things to do, outline it as a set of bullet points.

Where

List of Mailing lists

Type of communication

Category

From

To

Where

Notes

Announcements

Development

Developers

Developers and technical users

ubuntu-devel-announce@lists.ubuntu.com

Moderated for all, low traffic

Discussion

Development

Developers

Developers and technical users

ubuntu-devel@lists.ubuntu.com

Moderated for non-developers

Announcements

Development

Developers

Developers and technical users

ubuntu-devel-announce via. UbuntuDevelopment/News

For items that don't warrant a mail to ubuntu-devel-announce on their own

Discussion

Development

Developers and technical users

Developers and technical users

ubuntu-devel-discuss@lists.ubuntu.com

Moderated for non-subscribers

Discussion

Development (universe)

Developers and technical users

MOTU and hopefuls

ubuntu-motu@lists.ubuntu.com

Announcements

Project-wide

Project leaders

Community, users, press

ubuntu-announce@lists.ubuntu.com

Moderated for all, very low traffic

Automated notifications

Changes to the development release

Launchpad

Developers and technical users

*-changes@lists.ubuntu.com

Discussion

Security

Developers (esp. security team)

Developers (esp. security team)

security-review@lists.ubuntu.com

->ubuntu-devel?

Discussion

Development (Kubuntu)

Developers

Developers

kubuntu-devel@lists.ubuntu.com

Discussion

Development (Edubuntu)

Developers and users

Developers and users

edubuntu-devel@lists.ubuntu.com

Discussion

Development (Xubuntu)

Developers?

Developers?

xubuntu-devel@lists.ubuntu.com

Discussion

Development (kernel)

Developers (esp. kernel team)

Developers (kernel team)

kernel-team@lists.ubuntu.com

Automated notifications

Bug activity (ALL)

Launchpad

Developers and QA

ubuntu-bugs@lists.ubuntu.com

Very high traffic

Announcements

Security

Security team

All users

ubuntu-security-announce@lists.ubuntu.com

Moderated for all

News

Project-wide

Marketing Team

Community

ubuntu-news@lists.ubuntu.com

Automated notifications?

?

?

?

universe-bugs@lists.ubuntu.com

Used for bugs that are related to the motu team.

Discussion

Development?

?

Developers (desktop team)

ubuntu-desktop@lists.ubuntu.com

Automated notifications

Bug activity (desktop)

Launchpad

Developers (desktop team)

desktop-bugs@lists.ubuntu.com

High traffic

Discussion

Development (Mozilla)

Developers (mozilla team?)

Developers (mozilla team?)

ubuntu-mozillateam@lists.ubuntu.com

Automated notifications

Bug activity (Mozilla)

Launchpad

Developers (mozilla team)

ubuntu-mozillateam-bugs@lists.ubuntu.com


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DeveloperCommunication (last edited 2014-06-13 09:14:06 by dholbach)