Organize and stimulate promotion of UBports Ubuntu Touch



  • Oh dear 🙂

    Let's see where to start. First of all I want to make clear I agree that developers can and should do waht de like and decide what they can tackle. Hopefully influcend by us but still it is their free time, their hobby therefore their choosing.

    As I do not have the zeal to program again after my 8-10 hours, I chose to donate money as I believe in UBports idea.

    Maybe also a suggestion box in the forum.

    For the software?

    To be frank I did not really talk abouit which feature got implemented or about this decision process. I wanted UBports to get more attention and therefore more hands on coding.
    That is why I wanted stickers, that's why I also pushed for Liberapay, that's why I came up with Apt-Get shirt ( I still think this idea is not dead). But, and this is my problem, although @Flohack said I should do as I see fit as we are a community (okay at least in regards of translations 😉 ), I do not know if I should proceed on my own or not. That's why I am seeking the discussion.
    But I got ignored, the topic got no response etc., which made me wonder. Is the topic stupid, might very well be, or do the "relevant" people skip the forum altogether or do what they see fit. I do not know. (now more then before 😉 )
    Although I am kind of a part of this community, I feel at a dead end and do not know how to act.

    Assuming I would have gotten more information in regards of the Apt-Get shirt topic on how to proceed with them and so on. Whom do I contact, who decides. Or do I simply carry on? I hope I could explain my dilemma.

    As a summary I have issues providing ideas and seeing them discussed properly and getting implemented if they are good.

    But we have that. It's on GitHub. https://github.com/ubports/ubuntu-touch/milestones
    [...], there are some process documents in Processes.

    Didn't know and thanks for the links. Can we pin those links on the forum or make them more prominent?

    This is a meritocracy. The people who do the most work get the most control over the project.

    Does this only take now the coding into account? If not then I come back to my described problem 😉

    @nfsprodriver wanted an alpha slider for the background dim, so he made it happen.

    Fair enough and good enough. I think upvoting a feature request is in my point of view good. I like freedom and I promote self-responsibility as much as I can. Therefore developers do as you see fit. Still it is a hobby.

    I'm thinking the documentation team, marketing, design maybe. We'd track these in much the same way on GitHub. Let people know what we want to work on.

    I like the approach. I thought this is already the case like the translation. I found this very easy to integrate and thanks to @Flohack who gave me the hints on how to act.
    E.g. I would like to be able to fix the broken link I shared earlier in this thread. I know if we go down this road it might lead to the problems wikipedia had or has. But still...

    How otherwise we can measure love and dedication for the project?

    Does it take coding only int account? If not then see above 😉
    Hard question but I believe this kind of discussion counts as dedication. The amount one donats counts as dedication, providing ideas in the forum or other channels is dedication. But from those mentioned something should be able to grow. Which I see now kind of blocked.

    but we are not producing "business plans" like Canonical did, give roadmap speeches "by the end of the year we will have achieved x"

    I certainly hope not. But I think it is not what @Profetik777 meant. I believe he shares the same issue as I have. He wants to get the project going by doing something else then programming.
    I did not read the theory behind Meritocracy but will do it soon. I think I can to some degree align with it. Nevertheless this would mean I take some actions into my hands maybe without having enough information and will act. Which might lead then to issues like Krita had.

    I do not wnat to polute this discussion now therefore my question will be put here for Apt-Get t-shirt:
    https://forums.ubports.com/topic/803/promotion-idea/



  • @flohack I'm interested in whether or not you can answer, respond, speak to the specific points I've mentioned in the past few posts. It feels as though you are choosing not to get specific and conveniently keeping things high level...when you do that, I don't think anyone, including myself, would disagree...like the concept of meritocracy.

    If not, that is fine. I'll let those in the community decide whether or not you are more interested in clinging on to your arguments as an attempt to make sure the status quo remains...as suppose to using this as an opportunity to revisit your position and maybe tweak how elements of the project are handled. And respond to posts....

    Oh, that comment about practical work more than just cosmetic "formatting of colors"...lol that was cute. I think anyone who has followed this thread has realized by now I've been talking about deeply serious and significant aspects of marketing, scaling, and strategy. I'm pretty sure others will see your attempt to take attention away from the points I've made.

    But on the point of Meritocracy, I was actually surprised that card wasn't used earlier. I think @twinkybot made a good point about how you measure dedication and contribution. Is it ONLY the programming/development that counts? Seriously, I think it would be great to get your answer at least that one @Flohack . Also, do the merits of ideas count? Can the best ideas win? Which will then impact what is actually done? Or is it more specifically, only doing things that @Flohack and those with "power" agree with? Nevermind if it is outside their domain of expertise. Lastly, on this point of merit, how can one demonstrate the merit of their contribution IF THEY DON'T GET ACCESS OR OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE????? If someone wants to contribute in the domain that is NOT technical but gets denied, ignored, or ideas shot down, how can one develop a reputation that merits more influence and impact? Anyone reading this, let me know if i'm not explaining myself here correctly and take a stab. I hope I'm making sense.

    See, if a different posture towards these ideas was taken, there would be more of an experimental spirit to testing these things.(and not dismissal like "font colors")...for good measure, someone on the marketing team would agree to "test" ideas on a very small scale and go from there...kinda like beta testing features....No one goes ALL IN on a beta, but they want to see proof of concept to see if it works first before shutting it down. Just as a marketing tip: Surveys are great "beta" test for ideas.... Have you guys ever done a survey asking the community what they think about things?

    But, because @Flohack's lack of addressing my specific points, it makes me wonder......do you prefer conditions of - "we are just a small team"? Does this in some twisted way give you cover when people actually point out legitimate criticism? I have to ask because I would think by now some concessions would have been made to our points...but there is nothing....

    @UniSuperBox - even back when I was on the team, you yourself were asking for even BASIC milestones/timelines...@Flohack , you noticed I didn't say sophisticated scrum strategies....basic elements....in fact, I think we were in the same telegram group with Marius when I would request alternatives with @UniSuperBox . So, this isn't a new thing people with "merit" and those who don't have merit have been asking for for some time. I think the community would understand that we aren't there yet with super advance projections...so I'm confused when folks make it seem we are asking for SixSigma operations llevel of milestone planning lol. But glad that progress has been made in this area and would agree milestones from other aspects [nontechnical] be given as well. Again something is better than nothing.

    I'll leave things here since I don't think it is going anywhere...@Flohack - you can have the last word since you've been with the project and contributed more than most. I would also invite you to a video call to hash this out since this medium of communication isn't always best for breaking down these concepts.



  • However, I can't get behind the idea of bringing in every Agile and project management tactic straight from the book at this scale.

    @unisuperbox no one ever anything remotely close to that. But I see the fear. There is a middle ground.



  • Ähm I do not want to quit this discussion but I am going tomorrow morning on a trip for a week. Thus I won't be able to respond.

    In the end I just want to know how to get non-code related ideas going.
    And I want to make Ubports great again 😄 (sorry couldn't skip this joke)

    I'll be back 😉

    Happy new year and a great party to you all.



  • I think that first you have to make Ubuntu Touch accessible to newer smartphones!
    I struggled to find a Nexus 5 at a reasonable price to see if this OS would suit me.
    I was very lucky because the one I found broke down a few days before at the former owner (SIM problem) ... sold for spare parts at 30 € shipping included: I do not have the SIM problem.
    I know friends who would be good at Ubuntu Touch, but the lack of compatible smartphones at reasonable prices is a drag ... often they have a smartphone in the cabinet, but unusable to test.
    Side smartphone company, the switch may be more complex with some tools developed only on conventional OS.
    It's now been 2 weeks that I am under Ubuntu Touch for the private, I am fully satisfied with this OS, while being aware that problems can occur after an update.


  • Infrastructure

    @dda Read my response at the beginning of the thread (the one with the list of items): Yes we know it, its a weak point, but 16.04 update is much more important right now 😉

    BR



  • @flohack : Sorry not to have read the whole topic, but my English is almost nil, so I have to work with Google translate.
    Given the number and especially the size of some answers, I did not have the courage to pass all the answers to the translation.
    Going to version 16.04 is certainly a good thing to get as close as possible to the LTS version of Ubuntu.
    I seem to have read during my research for an alternative OS to GAFAM, that a collaboration with another project more hardware-oriented would be possible or in discussion ... this would allow you obviously more to focus on the OS.



  • wow some of this thread got a bit OTT and on telegram (caught some of the other night). Hope my comment didn't upset anyone that was not my intention.
    Suppose one of the best forms of promotion is the users themselves, so I'll continue to do that,nice new ubports wallpaper and all.
    once again big thanks to all involved for their efforts so far and a Happy New Year one and all.



  • Sorry if off-topic, but I found this CCC talk insightful regarding some of the topics discussed in this thread: https://media.ccc.de/v/34c3-9087-organisational_structures_for_sustainable_free_software_development



  • @kalle-kruse Nice one actually not too much off topic 🙂
    @UniSuperBox @Flohack did you watch this video? Maybe this person or the named network can help you (us) to do things right and tell us on how to porperly grow.


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