Every project have people behind maintaining it. The project has a way to contact them privately, and could have a forum for others adding their doubts or contributing doing or specifying tasks. These tasks could be published in a tracker repository as github (or other) waiting there for someone else to come to do them at some point without previous private virtual or presential contact.
Maintainers want to make their project known to a broader audience and every project wants to increase commits to their tasks, that is why along websites, some projects organize promotional and production gatherings.
1-Promotional events about a project are a few of the total events around the project and are normally open to all public 2-Production gatherings are events for doing tasks, they are more than a few and they are not that much publiced nor attended. Project assemblies are the productive gatherings that are normally public and relatively open for other people to assist where people is not supposed to do tasks either, so finally tasks are normally done by a small group of the same people. Maintainers feel scarcity of human resources (task commiters, helpers) in comparision to the abundant love they are giving to the project. This scarcity of helpers causes a hidden frustation that intimately closes up the project to other future newcomers, since the maintainers counterattack such scarcity by doublings its feelings of love for the project, finally feeling the patrimonial contribution they have already done as a hierarchical condition of a belonging to such a community of people formed around the project.
There is an increasing trend of “general gatherings” for presenting your project in a gathering where a lot of other related projects will be also presented. At the same time, we do less pressential interacting with other people interested in our projects. So when someone goes to such a general gathering, we have some problems:
– Basically, the relationships between presentators between them and atendees are very stressed due to lack of time and floods of information around.
– Atendees are flooded with simultaneous presentations imposible to attend them all. Event organizers normally fail to the promise to add a link to the presentation slides or generated audios or videos.
– Presentators don’t merge related presentations with theirs and use their space for reading their already published website and ask for feedback in the same presentation by splitting atendees into groups or by finally begging when they conclude the presentation asking people to help them. If people is splitted in groups for getting deep into issues, the core presentation is not on, so people lack information about the general framework. If the presentators ask for help at the end, the standard payback is: It has been one hour atendance from 50 people, and the presentator gets an average of 15-1 hour minutes conversation in exchange at the end of it. Atendees could have contributed to the project itself while listening, or leave a message after the presentation, but they were there as if they were watching TV or frustated because they were not the first ones in going to talk with the presentator…
– Communitty gets reinforced with common events within the gathering, but since the gathering relies in a hierarchy between Organizers, presentators (may have some privileges) and atendees, these common events don’t get deep in making that community to thrive. Also despite there is a communitty building effort there, everyone should solve their basic needs individually (transport, food, sleep, etc), so the sense of community is not fully felt even if there is a bit more than normal. And also, since any communitarian gathering tends to a further celebration, partying is no present or it is too artificialized or separed from the gathering itself.
Since projects need more tasks promotion, relating and tasks commiting and atendees want to or should enjoy it deeper, we all want better gatherings. We have to intervene in making lovelier standards for a more productive presentational gatherings, or parties for projects.
What could be best than offer your help and get some currency to get some products that are only sold in a party where you commit the task you offered your talents for, while you find shared knowledges and suggest new open tasks for free projects driven by an affinity group that tends to infinity because they don’t feel such helpers scarcity anymore?