WE WANT YOU!! to help out with Fedora Elections.

Are you a Fedora community member or even a free software user who’d like to get more involved but aren’t sure where to start?

The Fedora Project is gearing up for our twice-annual elections process, for an election period in late November. During this election, we’ll be voting on positions in the following groups:

Helping out with this elections process is a great opportunity to get started as a free software contributor, especially if you’re unable or prefer not to write code.

We have a handful positions we need help with. We’ve outlined them below. If any of these sound like things you’d like to help us with, please send an email to the Fedora Board – advisory-board AT lists.fedoraproject.org.

Fedora Election Questionnaire Coordinator

The Fedora Election Questionnaire Coordinator will make sure members of the Fedora Community are able to ask questions of the candidates, and will facilitate sending the questions to the candidates and compiling them into a wiki page that will be distributing during the election period.

Specifically, here’s what you’ll need to do as questionnaire coordinator:

  • Create a wiki page to list the candidate questions.
  • Send an message out to the Fedora community to collect questions for the candidates, allowing community members to email their questions to you directly or optionally adding them to a wiki page. The message should be sent to the following:
    • Fedora Advisory Board Mailing List (advisory-board AT lists.fedoraproject.org)
    • Community support for Fedora users Mailing List (users AT lists.fedoraproject.org)
    • Fedora Announce List Mailing List  (announce AT lists.fedoraproject.org)
    • Development discussions related to Fedora Mailing List (devel AT lists.fedoraproject.org)
    • Planet Fedora (http://planet.fedoraproject.org) – if your blog is not on Planet Fedora, contact Máirín Duffy (duffy AT fedoraproject.org) to post your message to the Planet for you.
  • On November 1, gather up all the questions that you collected from the Community, and post them all to the wiki page you created (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/F15_elections_questionnaire). Make sure the page is neat & orderly.
  • On November 1, send the questionnaire page to all candidates and ask them to send their answers to you by November 8.
  • For any candidates you haven’t heard from on November 7th, send them a reminder email.
  • Copy the candidates’ answers into the wiki page and advertise the answers to the same venues listed above (the mailing lists and Planet Fedora.
  • Helpful Tips:
    • Consider using your best judgement and selecting 6-8 good questions from the pool for the candidates. 20 questions is probably too much. If some are similar, feel free to merge and restate them.

That’s it. Not too tough, to ask. right? 

Fedora Election Town Hall Coordinator

The Fedora Election Town Hall Coordinator will schedule IRC town hall sessions, one for each of the following groups:

  • Fedora Board
  • Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo)
  • Fedora Ambassadors’ Steering Committee (FAmSCo)

Specifically, here’s what you’ll need to do as town hall coordinator:

  • Email all of the Fedora Board candidates between Nov. 1 and Nov. 3 and ask them to provide some 1-hour blocks of time they might be available to participate in an IRC town hall session, between November 13 and November 19th. You may wish to use a tool like whenasgood.net to organize this. Ask them to respond by Nov. 10.
  • Do the same as above for the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo) candidates.
  • Do the same as above for the Fedora Ambassadors’ Steering Committee (FAmSCo) candidates.
  • Select who the Town Hall moderators were be (see below for that job description).
  • On November 10, determine the best date and time for each of the three town halls, and advertise this time & date and the irc channel (probably #fedora-meeting and #fedora-meeting-questions on irc.freenode.net) in the following venues:
    • Fedora Advisory Board Mailing List (advisory-board AT lists.fedoraproject.org)
    • Community support for Fedora users Mailing List (users AT lists.fedoraproject.org)
    • Fedora Announce List Mailing List (announce AT lists.fedoraproject.org)
    • Development discussions related to Fedora Mailing List (devel AT lists.fedoraproject.org)
    • Planet Fedora (http://planet.fedoraproject.org) – if your blog is not on Planet Fedora, contact Máirín Duffy (duffy AT fedoraproject.org) to post your message to the Planet for you.
  • Helpful tips:
    • Consider using whenisgood.net to try and round up a good time for all candidates.
    • When selecting people for town hall coordinators – remember that things like good IRC skills, even-temperedness, knowledge in the area of the town hall they are moderating, are very helpful.

That’s it. Not too tough, right?

Fedora Election Town Hall Moderator (3)

The Fedora Election Town Hall Moderators will each run a 1-hour long IRC town hall sessions, one for each of the 3 groups being elected. This task requires some skill with IRC. This is an especially good position for someone who does not have a lot of time to devote as it only takes a little over an hour to do.

The date and time of each of these sessions will be published by the Fedora Election Town Hall Coordinator on November 10.

Specifically, here’s what you’ll need to do as town hall moderator:

  • Show up at least 5 minutes early to the town hall, make sure the IRC channel exists.
  • Start the meeting using the meeting bot command ‘#startmeeting’
  • Learn the IRC nicks of the candidates for your town hall. You can look them up on Fedora Community (log in at http://admin.fedoraproject.org/community) or you can ask via email.
  • During the town hall, allow only candidates to have voice in #fedora-meeting.
  • During the town hall, take questions from Fedora Community members in #fedora-meeting-questions, and maintain a question queue. Ask the questions in order in #fedora-meeting, giving each candidate a chance to provide an answer to the question.
  • Once the session is over, end the meeting with the meeting bot command ‘#endmeeting’
  • At the end of the meeting, the meeting bot will spit out a bunch of links to the minutes. Take these links and post them to the following venues as soon as possible:
    • Fedora Advisory Board Mailing List (advisory-board AT lists.fedoraproject.org)
    • Community support for Fedora users Mailing List (users AT lists.fedoraproject.org)
    • Fedora Announce List Mailing List (announce AT lists.fedoraproject.org)
    • Development discussions related to Fedora Mailing List (devel AT lists.fedoraproject.org)
    • Planet Fedora (http://planet.fedoraproject.org) – if your blog is not on Planet Fedora, contact Máirín Duffy (duffy AT fedoraproject.org) to post your message to the Planet for you.
  • Helpful tips:
    • Have great IRC and meetbot skills. This will help you out a lot!
    • Don’t be afraid to poke people in the public channel for questions if things get slow. And bring a question or two of your own, just in case things get *really* slow!
    • Keep an eye on the clock and the question queue.
    • Town halls are held in #fedora-townhall and #fedora-townhall public

That’s it! Like I said – if you’re interested in any of the above positions – please send a mail to the Fedora Board (advisory-board AT lists.fedoraproject.org) to let them know you are willing and available (and awesome!).

(Note: Props to Mo Duffy and John Rose for writing job descriptions and putting all this information together. You guys rock!)

“Fedora Election panda” by Máirín Duffy, based on Public Domain Clip art by Máirín.

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