Cris Ewing is reprising his presentation from the Plone Symposium in New Orleans that was held earlier this year. Cris has been working with Plone for several years, but was working in a silo of nothingness. Before he knew it, the Plone Conference was being held in Seattle, where he was working, and he was meeting the people that built this thing. One of the best things about Plone is the community and getting to know the community helps you build your own knowledge. Helping other people inspires them to help you later on when you need help. Getting involved helps you meet really interesting people. Our really big names are all here attending and presenting at the conference. You have access to all these people who make decisions in our little community. Did you know that there are over 200 people that have access to our core repository? That's a lot of contributors! So, how do you do quality control?
Your reputation is built on trust here in Plone. But if your contributions aren't visible, we don't know about you. So stand up and volunteer!
Participating gets you two main benefits:
# Building social capital and influencing, so you can then help make decisions and influence how things are going.
# Plone gets a lot of people to contribute. The more participants, the fresher the product is, and the broader range of needs we can cover.
So How Do You Get Involved in Plone?
Start small, with something you think will be successful. Use what you know and support a product or jump in and help on a new one. Why not show up at the beginner's sprint this weekend?
Highly visible...this is how new users evaluate our product. We have a ton of it, but, hey, we know, it's not always the greatest. We are in the process of weeding things out and some general fixing up. Hey, there's another Doc Sprint this weekend, too!
Theming can be really complex. Veda Williams is leading the Out-of-the-Box project, which is creating a whole pile of themes. Oh, and they're sprinting this weekend, too!
Plone is available in a ton of languages. The i18n team is always looking for new people to help translate things.
Training and User Groups
People new to Plone often head to training sessions or user groups first. This is a great way to get your foot in the door.
We do remote sprints, but face time is important.
Conferences and Symposia
Only one conference per year, but anyone can hold a symposium.
It's our primary daily communication method. It's where all the action is at. Come in and ask questions. Just remember, we want you to ask your question in a way that we can help you best. Be sure to read our how to ask a question document. Also, jump in and answer a few.
Quality Bug reports help us isolate problems and better trace issues. If you have a bug, report it, don't ignore it!
We need help on this! We need people who can produce deliverables and really stick with this. We need help from experienced and knowledgeable people.
Get out there and blog about it. Add your blog to planet.plone.org. We really want to see you participate in our community!