[Evangelism] proposal for plone awards
vincenzo.barone at abstract.it
Thu Feb 12 19:22:36 UTC 2009
Il giorno 12/feb/09, alle ore 20:01, Jon Stahl ha scritto:
> I’ve certainly brainstormed and discussed this informally with a few
> people over the years, but nobody has ever picked this up and made
> it fly. I would *love* to see it happen, and am willing to help
> make it so (both in my role as PF Board President and as a random
> community volunteer
> I think you are very much on the right track with the ideas below.
> I will offer a few additional thoughts a bit later this week when I
> have a little more time to focus.
> From: evangelism-bounces at lists.plone.org [mailto:evangelism-bounces at lists.plone.org
> ] On Behalf Of Matt Fisher
> Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 12:39 PM
> To: Evangelism at lists.plone.org
> Subject: [Evangelism] proposal for plone awards
> Hi list,
> An idea came up very informally at the Jazkarta Developer Training
> in Montreal last month. I've thought about it enough since then to
> post it here. I did check and haven't seen it mentioned in the list
> archive, but I imagine some discussion on this topic has happened at
> least once. I've tried to flesh out some of the angles for sake of
> discussion, but what follows is meant only as a first poke. Here's
> the idea:
> Proposal: 1st Annual Ploney Awards
> File under: Marketing, viral and social
> What is it: Lightweight, semi-serious recognition for outstanding
> products, contributions and innovations in the Plone community in
> several categories.
> How it might work: Open submission process would involve self-
> certification on a relative scale of best-practice-ness. Finalists
> (say 4-6) in each category chosen from the open submission pool
> would be required to write/post/present a short case study and
> perhaps a walkthrough of the code as a minisymposium/code fair for
> display at/for the annual conference. Final general voting takes
> place online sometime near the conference timeline. Prizes are
> small, and hopefully fun.
> (Pls note that my working assumption would be that this is to
> promote contributions and involvement from developers other than
> hardcore experts. Of course, that's a soft line to draw and probably
> just reflects my assumptions about who knows how much.)
> When: Winners to be announced at annual (fall) Plone worldwide
> conference. Open submission period begins yearly on, say, World
> Plone Day in the spring. Finalists announced and final voting period
> some time relative to annual worldwide conference.
> Suggested possible categories:
> Newbie add-on product (Best 1st time submission from new
> developer(s) of a new product),
> Newbie theme,
> Newbie flavor (where flavor = customization of Plone buildout or
> site policy to turn it into something that doesn't immediately
> resemble an out-of-box Plone),
> Best overall add-on product,
> Best theme,
> Best flavor,
> Best whole number product release,
> Next big thing (for innovations not ready for production, but super
> exciting anyway),
> Best developer utility
> (would probably recommend against conferring something like a VIP
> award-- would rather focus on solutions & innovations, not persons/
> Business case:
> The best-of-breed angle:
> On various lists, there's an ongoing discussion about identifying
> and promoting good, forward-looking contributions. From the
> viewpoint of community development, the idea about having awards
> isn't so much about getting the 'best' stamp as much as it is about
> making a public display of what is meant by 'Plone best-of-breed.'
> The idea of self certification and then open voting hopefully
> sidesteps the argument against Plone Foundation endorsing or
> formally certifying projects. And, if finalists and winners are
> encouraged to explain their code/design/use cases, hopefully info on
> best-of-breed thinking disseminates and inspires.
> The fellowship angle:
> It's easy to think that unless you're a core/full-time/jedi
> developer who understands all the ins & outs, you're not really,
> really contributing to the wider community. Some small, community-
> originated kudos to a larger bunch of people is a good thing.
> Potentially, it extends a source of pride to developers who are
> expanding the reach of Plone in ways other than "core" development.
> Also, newbie categories would give an indication of reasonable first
> horizons for less experienced folks.
> The (re)engagement angle:
> It's probably a bit much to expect the first go around, but having a
> structure & timeline to bounce off of may eventually encourage
> revisiting code changes that need to checked in, or betas to
> finalize, etc., if this thing takes hold.
> The viral marketing angle:
> Make an incentive for developers to tinker with a few products,
> themes or buildouts they may have missed. Give people a simple
> reason to talk up plone on their facebook page, their blog, or on
> twitter. Make '2009 Ploney finalist' and '2009 Ploney winner'
> website badges that could generate viral attention. Make a facebook
> voting app or badge, etc. Let people solicit testimonials if they
> want. Give a reason for a press release, and a timeframe that
> generates a little buzz for the conference.
> The fun angle:
> If it's framed as an edutaining display of creative problem solving
> and not so much a competition, then this could be a lot of fun. Fun
> == good.
> The academic angle:
> 3rd party development influences the direction of the crowd. I'd
> think there'd be some intrinsic value in having a yearly snapshot of
> commendable contributions as a way to diagram the evolution of Plone.
> Of course, this is a sketch, and experience tells me that semi-
> competitive things make some people happy and others very angry. I
> do think there's a way to do this that's seen more as cooperative/
> celebratory than competitive, & I think that would be the angle to
> explore. I'd be willing to work on this if there are a couple more
> people who think it's worth pursuing.
> What do you think?
> Matt Fisher
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> Evangelism at lists.plone.org
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