I believe it's worth considering forming a team to welcome new contributors to the KDE community.
Having someone to reach out to is a major stress reliever for people new to a community, as they can act as a first port of call for their needs.
Of great importance is human contact here. No matter how good of a wiki and documentation we offer, it can never replace the value that personal contact brings to the table and how it contributes to increasing the sense of community among members.
This team would be responsible for:
- Responding to people contacting KDE and offering to help in some way or another (e.g. an email on a mailing list, someone reaching out to a member of the community who could then redirect them here)
- Gathering information on newcomers and their background,skills and interest that would be useful in directing them to a specific KDE project/team.
- Introducing newcomers to members of the community, and especially connecting them with people that are relevant with the area they would like to help with.
- Maintaining frequent contact and offering support and guidance to contributors until they feel comfortable with the community and its procedures.
- Helping newcomers gaining access rights for completing the tasks they are involved in.
- Gathering feedback on the onboarding experience of new contributors.
- Holding events (on/off-line) targeted at newcomers, where they can be informed, ask questions, participate in discussions, or even get a chance to get their hands dirty with some tasks.
The welcome team should have/gain a good understanding of the community, its members, projects and procedures and maintain points of contact among the various teams.
If you would like to be part of this team, please leave your name below so we can start working on it.
Any further ideas and comments are more than welcome!
I'm willing to be part of KDE's welcome team