I, your favorite hypocrite, traitor or whatever people might call me, thought about writing this for a long time. Just to give a different perspective on things. I have been a contributor for a rather long time (5 years to be exact). I confess that I am not a regular contributor. These things are mostly thoughts that I have, and I am going to be blunt about them. If people can’t deal with it, so be it. And this is not gonna be about Directory Tiles, even though I am eager to write my thoughts about them, but, no, not this time.
#1 – I hate the word ‘Mozillians’.
The word “Mozillians” suggest that people contributing to the Mozilla project are all the same. All one kind. It takes the focus away from potential differences in personality or culture. In my opinion, these differences need to be valued. For we are all different. And the fact that we contribute doesn’t take that difference away.
There’s another reason why I hate that word: “Mozillian” seems like “Human”. A status that, once acquired, lasts forever and cannot be taken away. However, what if I don’t want to be part of that group anymore? I think the term “contributor” is much more suited for that. It still gives some means of escape from the whole thing.
#2 – Products mean nothing to me.
Given there’s so much focus on products nowadays: I don’t like that. Products mean nothing to me. It’s just a name for what? Bunch of code? Initiatives? Philosophical thoughts? Honestly, do we need a name for everything? If we think about it, our product is not so different from other products. The browser is written in some programming language and evolved over years. Same for other products. That doesn’t make it ‘awesome’. That just means it’s evolved. Product names are just for identification, and that’s marketing. I don’t have anything to do with marketing reasons. I have my own mind.
Are we humans awesome? You’d assume it depends on the point of view. And YES: IT DOES!
#3 – I don’t like direction.
I am someone who values individuality. I don’t like direction. Giving direction means potentially saying “I know more than you do” or “I am better than you”, therefore I tell you what to do, and I will never accept that. Not when it comes to a such diverse group of people as the contributor base.
#4 – Good things take time
I don’t like for things being rushed. That’s not how I work. There have been so many things in the past years that have been rushed and then improved and improved or abandoned for reasons. Why not improve them and release them when ready? Unfinished projects do not make us more popular with the userbase.
#5 – Controversial discussions are good discussions
On a related note: In order for discussions to get most healthy, it’s important for them to be vivid. Vivid discussions means that any stand point is accepted. It might get a little heated from time to time, but that way we can ensure that there are a lot of thoughts covered in the discussion. I hate it when community doesn’t even have a say in what gets decided.
#6 – I hate the “1 million mozillians” initiative.
It’s hard to manage 1 million people. And frankly, I doubt Mozilla can do this. Let’s think about this: People are people, they have their own mind, their own ideals, their own hobbies, their own opinion. You can find more potential reasons in my comment here: http://hoosteeno.com/2013/12/17/a-new-mozillians-org-signup-process/#comment-159
What do they need 1 million contributors for? Hint: It’s not to benefit the people themselves.
Given Firefox is turning 9 today, I believe it is finally time to thank us contributors for our continued effort in doing what each of us is doing. Because some of us might be forgetting that it doesn’t matter *what* you do for Mozilla, that all of the projects are equally important and that the contributors are putting a shitload of time (sorry for the expletive) into their work. Because the focus is on only such a few Mozilla projects and that those seem to receive a lot of ‘thank you’s, I want to use the time and especially thank those people who continue their efforts in projects that the majority of Mozilla doesn’t know about.
Given no one else seems to want to thank these people, I want to thank those who contribute to the following (in no particular order). If you feel like I am forgetting someone, please add them to the etherpad at https://etherpad.mozilla.org/thank-you.
- Community Engagement
- Mozilla Reps / Marketing
- SUMO (Support)
- Web Development
- Add-on Development
- Long-forgotten projects and community initiatives that are no longer being actively developed.
- Everyone else in the community
With so much focus it’s sometimes *very* hard to keep track of everyone and to thank everyone. Especially, people seem to be so overloaded, burnt out and fed up with the current state of things. I can only repeat myself: If you feel like I have left your area out, please *do* add an entry to the etherpad (URL above).
- Understand the role of “product” in being a Mozillian
it was some time since I half-heartedly offered to create a mockup for the Mozilla.org timeline page, something, which was long-desired. I was, until this stage, undergoing major struggle and can feel that I’m not completely over it 😉 But here it is: My first draft of a new timeline page. I tried to fit the design to the Mozilla colors and to make it smooth, however, there are still some parts that needs to be improved. But, we’ll see 😉
The original timeline can be found here: http://www.mozilla.org/about/timeline.html
This is not yet complete (of course) and there are still some things to improve:
- I have to say that I need to improve the parchment background which does not look very healthy 😉
- I need to add the Major Software releases to the timeline page
A note to my decisions:
I used the Mozilla star, as a star is often associated with “Hall of fame”, “heaven” and “highlights”, the Mozilla history is kind of both 😉
I used the old parchment, because you could imagine a person from the future finding this old parchment and thinking about how it all began with Mozilla.
Anyway, I’m waiting for your feedback / criticism! Just add comments to this blog post.
Thanks in advance,
Hi guys and girls,
as I pointed out in my last blog post, I’m working on the Mozilla UK community site (among many other things), which is my first Mozilla website project. We worked for months, getting a first version of MozUK online. We set up some sites, which (we think) help users as well as contributors (new and those already being active).
However, as our userbase and page views rise, we need to revise the whole site even more, to give users an optimal experience. And at that point, I want something from you, it’s not much, only a small thing: Your opinion.
Tell us what you think about Mozilla UK, and especially, how we could improve it!
We’ll take your feedback seriously.
Here are some criteria, that might help you evaluate our site:
- What content do you like most?
- What content don’t you like so much or don’t you find appropriate?
- What do you think about the theme?
- If you could, what would you like to add?
So, after you’ve read this post, please do us a favor and answer the feedback poll we’ve integrated into the site. You help us improve the quality of the site dramatically and push the whole project into the right direction.
Thanks for reading!
Hi to everyone who reads this!
This is the first post on my brand new blog. And the first thing I wanted to tell you, is: Good find! You managed to find this specific blog together with this specific post out of millions of blogs all around the world 😉
Some words about me and my contributions in the Mozilla world:
I’m familiar with many different projects, and do multiple contributions.This includes:
- SUMO – answering user’s questions on the forum and in LiveChat, as well as translating KB articles into my native language German and improving existing KB articles
- QA – writing automated Mozmill testcases (I really have to improve my skills there), running Litmus testcases etc.
- WebQA – automating existing testcases using the Selenium framework, testing websites using Litmus, especially focused on SUMO (support.mozilla.com) and AMO (addons.mozilla.org)
- Administrating the Mozilla UK website project together with TMZ and Leo.
- (when I have time and feel up to it) minor contributions to SUMOdev, this includes writing small (and when I say small I mean tiny) patches for the SUMO TikiWiki etc.
Anyway, if you have any more questions, you can always contact me via email under tobbi (at) mozilla-uk.org, or just add a comment to this blog post.
I feel like adding more details about these contributions in the future, so stay tuned!
P.S.: If there’s anyone who doesn’t know: All words in the title are greetings, spoken in different parts of the world: Howdy in Southern USA, Aloha is the Hawaiian language and Moin in Northern Germany 😉