Taming the firehose: a new Evangelism team project

As anyone who has spent any time around the Mozilla Project knows, we generate a lot (lot, lot) of information. There are dozens of things to try to follow — blogs, forums, newsgroups, mailing lists, bugs, IRC, meetings — and it can be a shade overwhelming. As it’s often described, “it’s like trying to drink from a firehose”.

There are two major problems caused by the information firehose.

First, it can be incredibly offputting for people who are new to the project. If someone just wants to dabble a little and start learning more about the project and how to get involved, diving right into the thick of things can be extremely difficult, confusing, time consuming, and intimidating. We need a kinder, gentler way for these interested new contributors to get a handle on things.

Second, even those of us who live and breathe this stuff all day can miss things. Sometimes big things. Having a single, regular, reliable overview of the major goings-on in the project would be an efficient and easy way to stay on top of critical news and events.

One of the Evangelism team’s goals this quarter is to experiment with possible solutions to these problems. Thus the “newsletter” project has been born.

Newsletter Teaser

Right now the newsletter (boring working title: “Mozilla News”) is envisioned as a weekly publication that will be available by email (HTML or plaintext), blog, and RSS feed. The fundamental purpose of the newsletter is to help make sense of the madness. By gathering, sorting, distilling down, and publishing regular summaries of news related to the Mozilla Project, the newsletters will make it easier to figure out what’s going on and where. They will also provide that kinder, gentler “starting place” for people who are new to the project to get their feet wet, instead of making them drink directly from the Mozilla information firehose.

I’m excited about this project for a bunch of reasons, and think it would be a lot of fun to have a group of “roving reporters” out there gathering, writing up and submitting stories for our weekly news. We’re not quite ready to put out a first issue yet, but we’re getting there. If you have any ideas or comments, or if you would like to help, please drop a comment here or email me at deb-at-mozilla-dot-com.

Oh, and if you can think of a better name than “Mozilla News” or “Mozilla Weekly News” please post it in the comments here. If we end up using your suggestion, I’ll send you a t-shirt.

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40 thoughts on “Taming the firehose: a new Evangelism team project

  1. A bit like Cédric’s: MozConnect

    Or MozPlug

    Mozilla Live! No, never mind that one.

    Infozilla
    Mozilla View
    Mozilla Scape or Mozillascape
    Mozillanet
    Mozilla Wire/Mozillawire/Mozilla Wired
    The Mozilla Hub

  2. Oh, and I think this idea is great (though it’ll inevitably be yet another RSS feed about Mozilla that I subscribe to!). There is a lot of information out there, and sometimes trawling through duplicates and things gets tedious.

  3. A bit like Cédric’s: MozConnectOr MozPlugMozilla Live! No, never mind that one.InfozillaMozilla ViewMozilla Scape or MozillascapeMozillanetMozilla Wire/Mozillawire/Mozilla WiredThe Mozilla Hub…

  4. Oh, and I think this idea is great (though it’ll inevitably be yet another RSS feed about Mozilla that I subscribe to!). There is a lot of information out there, and sometimes trawling through duplicates and things gets tedious.

  5. Mozilla Weekly News would be better than Mozilla News because it would be both an incentive to get the news out on schedule and also a throttle and/or temptation of letting things get out inbetween.

    Henry

  6. Mozilla Weekly News would be better than Mozilla News because it would be both an incentive to get the news out on schedule and also a throttle and/or temptation of letting things get out inbetween.Henry

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