Vote for the 2010 People's Choice Award

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On January 25, will reach its one-year anniversary. As a part of the celebration, we want you to choose your favorite contributor for the 2010 People's Choice Award.

Voting will be open through January 27, 2011, and the winner will be announced on January 28, 2011.

Voting is now closed.

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Toxie's picture

work for Red Hat. That's not great. Right? And I count very recent ex-Red Hatters in that group.

jhibbets's picture

And we are constantly looking for stories that highlight the open source way beyond technology. But we also need to have a steady flow of content. If it were 100% Red Hat, then I'd be worried. But it's not. I'm OK with having passionate Red Hatters contribute to this site--most, if not all, of them are passionate about open source, just like other folks who contribute here.

Thanks for voting everyone!

melanie's picture
Open Source Evangelist

Given that it was our first year kicking the site off, I think having (slightly) more than half the stories being written by Non-Red Hatters isn't bad. But personally I would LOVE to have even more open source enthusiasts from outside of Red Hat become contributors.

Gunnar and I certainly can't generate enough content for the Government channel on our own. Click on "Submit an Article" in the "Participate" box and write for!

fontana's picture
Open Source Evangelist

The original comment made me think of Red Hat's record in "open sourcing" significant-scope, new or previously internal or proprietary software projects. Frankly, it is a mixed record, in terms of how much of a diverse community of contributors/users forms around the project. Failure to attract contributor communities can occur for many reasons. While I think such community-building fail is sometimes unavoidable (sometimes, despite your best efforts, no one will be interested in contributing to your project), there have certainly been cases where we're doing something that unintentionally has the effect of discouraging contribution. (I have previously discussed one past example of this on - the Fedora contributor license agreement - although Fedora is probably Red Hat's biggest community-building success.)

In light of all that (and bearing in mind that is not actually an open source project!), I think that if 52% of the top contributors to in its first year are non-Red Hatters, that is a rather impressive start, and it shows that those actively involved in administering and contributing to the site are doing something right.

Melanie's comments about the Government channel are also applicable to the Law channel; there is strong interest in getting submissions, particularly from outside Red Hat.

Mohanz's picture

yes, i hope he is right (Richard Fontana), Red hat biggest community building is success.