[tor-project] How to help people on weekends?

chelsea komlo me at chelseakomlo.com
Thu Aug 10 13:24:47 UTC 2017


One thing I have found helpful is adhering to on-call rotations. I'm not
sure if there is currently an IRC rotation with the expectation to be
available on evenings and weekends, but it might help with what you

Also, reviewing in Monday meetings who is on call for what might be
useful too. Teams I have worked on in the past have used irc bots to
query this information, to make it an easy "x-bot who is on call". task.



On 08/09/2017 11:56 PM, Roger Dingledine wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I've noticed an interesting trend lately. I don't have great answers
> but I want to raise the topic for us to think about. We used to just
> all work all the time, and we were burning ourselves out, so many of
> us have switched to focusing on more traditional "daytime on weekdays"
> hours. That approach has the big advantage of increased density among
> core developers: people are more likely to be around then.
> But while this approach works well for people whose day job is Tor,
> the casualty is people whose day job *isn't* Tor. These people show up
> exactly on the weekends and evenings that now have fewer Tor people around
> to provide quick responses, community momentum, interaction with core
> developers, and all of the great things that a free software community
> needs for health and growth.
> I don't have any quick fixes, but I wanted to raise this issue as a key
> topic for us to consider as we try to find the right balance between
> "people can have lives" and "we are responsive to new contributors". We
> are not being the best that we can be when we have 60-hour gaps on irc,
> mailing list threads, blog comment follow-ups, etc and those gaps line
> up exactly with when excited helpful volunteers show up. :)
> --Roger
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