Ubuntu Community Lexicon, Part 4

In case you haven't seen my "Ubuntu Community Lexicon" series, the earlier post and an explanation of the rationale is here. This post is a follow-up and a refinement.

Where is your place in Ubuntu Community?

There is something missing from that question. Did you spot it? It's an adjective. And for the purpose of this article, it's the distinction between online and "in-real-life".

Are you part of the Ubuntu Online Community? Or do you prefer to belong to the Ubuntu In-Real-Life Community? Admittedly, the Ubuntu Online Community is a bit of a blind spot for me. I interact much less often in Ubuntu IRC channels, Ubuntu Forums, Ask Ubuntu, etc. than I do in real life. Instead, I prefer meet Ubuntu friends and co-conspirators in person.

Having said that, a lot of what I see and read that says "Ubuntu Community" is really about the Ubuntu Online Community. I believe this is an artifact from the time when Ubuntu (the project) was small and dispersed and there was little opportunity for in-real-life meetings. Though these days (of being small) are gone, we're still managing a lot of the community as if it exists primarily online and we're optimizing for that. (Maybe even subconsciously.)

With that in mind, it is useful to integrate the notion of "online" into the Ubuntu Community Lexicon which I started developing and socializing at UDS-P. Perhaps this will help us deploy community management techniques that are more precise. And, by extension, maybe we'll gain some benefit that we can map to our "in-real-life" community development.

Enter research. By day, I'm an IT management professional. I also enjoy researching social aspects of computing (something I do as a hobby, believe it or not). While reading the International Journal of Managing Information Technology recently, I came across online community terminology that is helpful, which I will paraphrase from the original authors (see footnote) and adapt to our use case:

Outsider: A person who is unaware of Ubuntu forums, IRC channels, discussion boards, etc. and likely not interested in Ubuntu's online community.

Non-interested Knower: A person who knows about Ubuntu's online community but never browses its posts. S/he's currently not interested in the content but might be interested in the future.

Trouble Maker: A person who post "malwords" (unwanted input, derogatory posts, trollish content) that can hurt Ubuntu's online community by making other participants feel bad. Even if these individuals provide information they are undesirable because other people may leave if they are subjected to their vitriol.

Lurker: A person who just consumes without providing any new information. Their overall value to the community is roughly zero.

Non-contributing Participant: A person who does not provide any new/useful information, but consumes information or participates in other activities. They ask questions, give
feedback, and thank others. (You can think of these people almost as fans at a hockey game.)

Partially-contributing Participant: A person who contributes sometimes, but is mostly a consumer.

Contributor: Individuals who provide new information regularly as their main act.

Which group most closely resembles the people you know in Ubuntu's Online Community?

And, less obviously:
For whom do we want to optimize our online community? What steps, if any, are we prepared to take to innoculate it from those we don't want.

Food for thought. If you'd like to offer some ideas, the comments are open.


Remember: When we speak about community, lets use adjectives. Let's use more than one adjective if one isn't enough. Let's use precise language to help frame the problems we are trying to solve in the Precise cycle, and beyond.

The original paper is here:
"A Continuum of Participants in Online Communities" by Xuequn Wang and Yanjun Yu.

Last Call for Precise Jam Photos

We're near the end of the Ubuntu Global Jam Photo Round-up Extravaganza!

Meanwhile, here is another contender for "Best of Jam" photo, retrieved from a photo sharing site:

Mexico City: "Intense jamming makes for a better Unity experience!"Mexico City: "Intense jamming makes for a better Unity experience!"

Your photos of the Ubuntu Global Jam (Precise) aren't online yet? Here's your last chance. Post them somewhere, anywhere, and let me know where they are (in the comments). Your entry could be "Best of Jam".


Yet More Precise Jams

The great quest for photos of the Ubuntu Global Jam (Precise) continues. Even though there are some who would chastise the effort to find and to present photos of people having fun and generally enjoying themselves at a jam (sometimes even with jam), I move forward with zeal. ("Haters gonna hate jam.")

So, here are two more contenders for "Best of Jam" photo, spotted in another obscure corner of the web:

Sant Adrià de Besòs: "The happiest times are when we jam!"Sant Adrià de Besòs: "The happiest times are when we jam!"

Mumbai: "Ubuntu is fun! That's why I am smiling!"Mumbai: "Ubuntu is fun! That's why I am smiling!"

Captions? IMSU! (I made stuff up.) Any similarities to the actual event are a stange accident.

Do you know what was really happening? Share your story! Pick a photo and caption it in the comments. Imagine you jammed with your friends and made Ubuntu even better.

And, if you have a photo that you think qualifies for "Best of Jam", please add the URL in the comments. Only a couple more days to go!

Thanks for participating.

A Couple More Precise Jams

The "web crawling" for photos of the Ubuntu Global Jam (Precise) continues.

Here are two more contenders:

Rochester: "Someone is really annoying Charles. Who?"Rochester: "Someone is really annoying Charles. Who?"

Bandar Baru Bangi: "Shaking hands and generating keys"Bandar Baru Bangi: "Shaking hands and generating keys"

Yes, the captions are purely hypothetical. Any similarities to the actual event are purely coincidental.

What was really being discussed? We need to know!

Here's where you come in. Pick a photo and add a caption (or a longer story) to it in the comments. Imagine you were there. Imagine you brought jam to share.

And, if you have a photo that you think qualifies, please add the URL in the comments. Thanks for playing.

A Couple of Precise Jams

I've been "hunting" for photos of the Ubuntu Global Jam (Precise). To my delight, I've begun finding some that potentially qualify for "Best of Jam" (that wacky photo contest I announced last week).

Here are two contenders:

Portland: "Our first potato chip only event!"Portland: "Our first potato chip only event!"

Kitchener: "Getting excited and making something. Is that the legendary Bilal?"Kitchener: "Getting excited and making something. Is that the legendary Bilal?"

Notice anything strange? Yes, I made up captions that may have nothing to do with the photos. What were they really doing? What was really being discussed? We need to know!

Here's where you come in. Pick a photo and add a caption (or a longer story) to it in the comments. Imagine you were there.

And, if you have a photo that you think qualifies, please add the URL in the comments.

Bangladesh: We Jammed for the First Time. We Partied Too!

I find it inspiring when a local Ubuntu group hosts an event for the first time. It tells me Ubuntu is spreading! It tells me there are people out there willing to "be the change they want to see in the world."

Shortly after the Ubuntu Global Jam event last weekend. I had the pleasure of interviewing Md Ashickur Rahman, from Ubuntu Bangladesh, in Dhaka.

What does the Ubuntu Global Jam mean to you personally?

I think the Ubuntu Global Jam is a opportunity for the Community to develop Ubuntu a little bit more together. A great opportunity to gather local community members and a place to do something that is not possible to do overnight.

What was UGJ Bangladesh about?

We planned for two things: First was Ubuntu 12.04 (Beta 1) testing and the second was writing an Ubuntu 12.04 Guide in our local language. But unfortunately our second plan was not successful due to working days because all of your community members are students or professionals.

What excites you most about Ubuntu?

First, the meaning of Ubuntu which attracts me the most. That's why I use Ubuntu. Second, the community. And finally, the Localization. I love to compute in my local language.

Did you run UGJ events before?

No, this is my first time and I think first time in our country.

Can you share a link to couple of photos of a UGJ (or other Ubuntu event) event in Bangladesh? I'd love to include in the story.

Ubuntu Global Jam 2012 Dhaka
Jamming in Dhaka!Jamming in Dhaka!

This event was a first time that I arranged a Global event in Bangladesh. Though it was not the total success I wanted it was fun. One think I have learned is that we Bangladeshi might not yet be ready for development contributions. But I will always look forward to this kind of event. It is my first LoCo event.

Ubuntu 11.10 Release Party

That was the first event that I arranged. I thought that only I would attend. But to my amazement, about 61 people showed up!

I have plans for an Ubuntu 12.04 release party. Hope I can do that!

A huge thank you to Md Ashickur Rahman and our friends in Dhaka Bangladesh! And, have fun partying like it's 12.04!

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Jam-o-Meter's Precise Tally

The Ubuntu Global Jam (Precise Pangolin edition) is over. We jammed in 23 countries, in style, for the most important free software project in the world.

I have begun to see photos of the Jam posted to Flickr, Picasa, and Pix.ie. If you have photos but haven't posted them yet, please do so ASAP to be considered for our "Best of Jam" photo prize. Remember to use the following tags: #ubuntu, #ugj, #precise
(If you have a specific photo that you're especially proud of, then please include a link to it in the comments so I don't miss it.)

Thank you everyone who participated in this Ubuntu Global Jam. And an especially huge thanks to those of you who ran a Jam for the first time! You are the inspiration that we need to ignite Ubuntu. (Tell your friends.)

Here's the final word from the Jam-o-meter...

Over the next few days I'll be featuring stories and photos from a few memorable Jams. Please watch this space for updates!

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Jamming? Got Photos? Win Prize!

The Ubuntu Global Jam is underway. Dozens of teams around the world are officially jamming.

Are you? Please bring your camera, take some photos, and post them to Flickr, Picasa, or Pix.ie with the following tags:

Here's the fun part. If your photo is selected as the "Best of Jam" you'll receive very slick Vancouver t-shirt directly from downtown Vancouver compliments of me and as a little souvenir of Ubuntu Vancouver.

Ways to win... Take fun photos. Smile. Pose creatively. Include Jam.

Remember, you have to play (and tag) to win.

Good luck, and have fun jamming!

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Photo by rrnwexec. CC-BY-SA.

Eat Jam. Take Photos. Friday, Saturday, Sunday!

Please do me a favour. This weekend when you're at your favourite Ubuntu Global Jam event, bring jam! That's right. Real jam. The kind you eat.

                             "I started an Ubuntu group, and I eat JAM!"

Then, take photos of you and the other jammers enjoying jam. It's fun. It shows the world that Ubuntu is a fun, social and community-oriented project, and not all work. ("All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.")

Remember to post your photos to your favourite photo sharing site (Flickr, Picasa, Pix.ie) so we can show the world.

Tag your photos with #ubuntu #ugj and #precise


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Jam-o-Meter Repaired

The non-stop-community-rock-star-machine (Jono) spotted an error in the Jam-o-Meter yesterday. We actually have more Jams than previously thought.

I've asked my development team that is currently in-hiding at our secret Jam bunker in the Cascade mountain range to double-check the Jam-o-Meter source. After reviewing 2.5 million lines of obfuscated Cobol they assure me that we'll have 100% accurate stats going forward.

Let's take a look at the real numbers:

Jam-o-Meter says: "32 is non-prime."Jam-o-Meter says: "32 is non-prime."

While I have you mesmerized by the power of Jam-o-Meter, I'd like to clarify a couple of additional points from yesterday's comments:

1) Yes, I am allowed to pluralize Jam by adding an "s". Watch me.

2) Everyone, even those that work in companies that begin with the letter "C" and have a US location in Lexington MA, is allowed and encouraged to run a Jam, and doing so is highly unlikely to result in an apocalyptic meltdown of society.

Do you eat food every day? Do you sometimes eat Jam? Great! Please register a Jam event on the awesome Ubuntu Loco team portal.

Do it right now, before the toast pops!

The Ubuntu Global Jam (Precise Pangolin edition) begins Friday March 2nd 2012.


For those keeping score, here's the final Jam-o-Meter from the last Global Jam we had (Oneiric Ocelot cycle):

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