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Honoring openSUSE Wiki Reviewing Contributions

February 22nd, 2010 by


we previously put a lot of efforts into encouraging the community to contribute to our Wiki Usability Concept for both the English and the German Wiki, i.e. to participate in the Reviewing Process of currently existing pages in order to provide the best openSUSE documentation resources possible. That said, a lot has been done since we started this initiative and I’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone already involved for their hard work. It’s awesome to see the engagement of both wiki- and forum members coming together in working for a better openSUSE wiki .. great community spirit!

But still, there’s a lot to do and we urgently need even more engaged community members to participate in our efforts in order to complete the Reviewing Process in a reasonable timeframe. Contributing into support- and documentation resources of openSUSE actually is just as important as contributing in a developing capacity actually is. That said, we’d like to honor your work with the Reviewing (past, present and future) and I therefore announce that every community volunteer contributing to our Reviewing efforts for both the English and the German Wiki will receive ..

– openSUSE Cap for 10
– openSUSE Shirt for 20
– openSUSE 11.2 Box Product for 30 reviewed pages
– Chumby for MVP (see below)

After completing the whole Reviewing for both the English and the German wiki, the MVP, i.e. that particular community member with the very most reviewed pages will receive a special prize to honor his/her engagement, a Chumby. Certainly, if the MVP isn’t easily identified, we’ll find a work-around for that situation too. While I hope that this goes without saying, please do your reviewing with care (our goal is to come up with something awesome) .. “free-riding” certainly won’t be honored, our efforts are very important to the success of the openSUSE Project.

OK, in order to get started, please have a look at the Transition Guidelines[1a/b] and the Transition Tables[2a/b] for the English and the German Wiki respectively:

[1a] http://en.opensuse.org/Transition_Guidelines#Step_1_:_Articles_review
[1b] http://en.opensuse.org/Transition_list_table
[2a] http://de.opensuse.org/Transition_Guidelines#Schritt_1_:_Artikel_sichten
[2b] http://de.opensuse.org/Ãœbertragungsliste

Feel free to participate either in the English or the German Reviewing or both, that’s up to you. Subscribing to the opensuse-wiki and/or opensuse-wiki-de mailing lists is recommended here in order to sync/keep in touch with the existing Wiki teams. Also joining the IRC channels #opensuse-wiki and/or #opensuse-wiki-de on irc.freenode.net would be appreciated for the very same purpose.

Please send an email to Rupert Horstkötter once you think you qualified for one of the prizes listed above (that certainly applies to all efforts since we started the whole Reviewing initiative .. past, present and future contributions). Special thanks goes to both open-slx and Novell for supporting this.

Thanks a lot in advance,

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7 Responses to “Honoring openSUSE Wiki Reviewing Contributions”

  1. Markus

    What if I review 30 or more pages. Can I still get the T-Shirt or do I have to deliberately stop at 20 reviewed pages, because I already have a working openSUSE 11.2 installation and don’t need another install disk? :-)

    • To make this very clear, certainly if you review 30+ pages, you’ll receive Cap + Shirt + 11.2 Box. So, if you contribute 10 pages you qualify for a cap, another 10 pages = 20 in total and you’ll receive (in addition) a t-shirt, and finally another 10 pages = 30 in total qualifies for the 11.2 Box product (additionally). Otherwise this wouldn’t make too much sense! The MVP, after completing the whole review, will receive (in addition, we’re pretty sure the MVP will have 30+ pages in the end) the Chumby device as a special prize.


  2. Chris

    No offense but I would actually like to see you (iirc you are one of the open six folks aka the new box producers) “honor” development contributions as in packaging, testing, bug filing / tracking / fixing first. As in getting a free box was a nice gift and encouraged one to contribute but has been completely cut for 11.2 afaik (with the exception of translators).

    Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong on that.

    • First of all, thanks for your input on this.

      Second of all, this particular initiative has nothing to do with the “Contributor Box” Novell sent out to selected community members in the past. That said, while we (as open-slx) like the “Contributor Box Program” in general, we have no knowledge why it hasn’t happened for 11.2. We’ll investigate this though.


    • Klaas Freitag

      Yes, it was cut and will not come back. The reason is that the distribution is now free for anybody. The free box program was set up in times when the SuSE distribution was not available for free and we thought that a free box was a good recognition of contributions.

      Now, that the distro is the result of a community effort and available for freely there is no real point in the free box program any more.

      • Martin

        Well, while that explains it it’s certainly pretty sad news IMHO cause it encouraged people to contribute and was a nice sign of appraisal.

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