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Mike Alexis, Ricky Rosario, Andrei Hajdukewycz (Sancus), Benjamin Sternthal, Anthony Ricaud and Luke Crouch

Webdev Contribute Group

Meetings every other Monday at 10:30 am pacific

Action Plan




Canned Response

Thanks for offering to help us build Mozilla's websites!

Start by joining us in #webdev on IRC. will help you get connected, and lists some WebDev channels.

Next register an account on bugzilla. Bugzilla can be daunting, so check out (15m video HIGHLY recommended).

Now look for a WebDev mentored bug in and contact the mentor - over IRC, email, or comment on the bug.

Finally, with your mentor, fork the github repository for the bug's website and you're ready to start coding! bundle for links in Canned Response

Potential Contributors

Active Contributors

Core Contributors

  • nigelb

Background Information

Identify Community

Q: Can you identify all of the contributors on your team (both paid-staff and volunteer-staff)?


Suggestion: Use the contributor directory to help. Communicate through your team's channels and encourage people to sign up and group themselves with a common team tag. If you assign a group tag to all contributors on your project, the Mozillians dashboard will track the size of that group and will also allow you to easily export the contact information for group members. You can export these contacts to ensure all your contributors are signed up.


SUMO - Staff: Ricky Rosario, Will Kahn-Greene, Tim Watts (part of his time), Tanay Gavankar (contractor/intern). Volunteer: Berker Peksag (irregular). We've had a couple other one- or two-commit contributors. Those are just code, are you also interested in QA? MDN - Staff: Luke Crouch, James Bennett, Les Orchard, Paul MacLanahan (part time), Craig Cook (part time). Volunteer: Buddy Lindsey, Manuel Strehl, Tanner Filip, Connor Montgomery. Community Tools - Staff: Dave Dash, Tim Watts (the rest of his time), a number of people from Flux, but I assume Fred will cover them. Volunteer: Nigel Babu.

Define Contribution Opportunities

Q: Can you point someone interested in contributing to your project to a list of available contribution opportunities?


Suggestion: Look at what your team's needs are and what gaps you have in staffing to come up with a list of contribution opportunities. Capture those on a wiki page, in bugs, as role descriptions in Jobvite or whatever makes sense for your community.


We have lists of bugs, some marked Good First Bug. We're starting to use mentored bugs more.

Map Contribution Paths

Q: Are there clearly understood steps someone can follow to go from knowing nothing about your project to successfully contributing?



1. Fork it

2. We've put the documentation on ReadTheDocs

3. Visit us on IRC  #sumodev and ask away


We have done a lot of work to document installation and in some cases (MDN) to automate it via tools like Vagrant. There isn't much documentation on how to contribute code in a broader sense.

Suggestion: In addition to just documenting these steps, look for a simple 5-minute task that someone can take to get started (for example, signing up for Bugzilla if they are interested in coding) and also figure out where in the process you can add a mentor to help people.

Establish Goals and Metrics

Q: Can you measure participation or contributors today? If so, what metrics can you track? What goal or metric would you like to achieve for Q1? Alternatively, what metrics would you like to get in place for Q1?


Suggestion: Write down what you think would be helpful to track even if it isn't possible to get that data today. We'll work on implementing dashboards when we know what data we want.

A (SUMO): No, we don't have established goals right now, and I don't think we could realistically at the moment. Beyond "number of commits by non-paid authors" I don't think we have a metric in place.

Relevant Bugs

Conversion Points

Functional Area #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8
Webdev Fork a site repo Submit a pull request 1 pull request merged 10 pull requests 25 pull requests 50 pull requests 100 pull requests Mentored a bug that got resolved fixed
Data source Github Github Github Github Github Github Github Bugzilla
Recognition Badge Badge & ? Badge & Invitation to Badge & ? Badge & ? Badge & ? Badge & ?  ?
2012 Conversions*  ? (hundreds-thousands)  ? (hundreds) 137 38 20 9 0  ?