On 23/10/12 08:35, Ori Livneh wrote:
On Monday, October 22, 2012 at 10:53 PM, Tyler Romeo wrote:
I think it's a cool idea, especially
considering I'm still kicking myself
for not getting involved in open-source earlier. The real problem is
deciding what to have them work on.
It's Real Programming™; there's plenty of creativity involved; and even
amateurish Lua code will be heaps better (heh) than the corresponding
wikitext. There are also quite a lot of templates to convert, so the task
could be easily divided among a large group of participants.
Do we know enough about propper Lua template coding *ourselves* ?
We can probably pick up that new language faster than them, but I
wouldn't feel too comfortable mentoring something I don't really know about.
I have in the past impressed some people where I was figuring out
things on the fly (“try this”, “write len()”, “maybe it's called
length?”...) yet it's not the ideal situation, special with random
An issue I haven't clarified is the size of each task. There's a mention
on how tasks have deadlines attached, but not what's the normal deadline
for each task.
A certificate for one task and a T-shirt for three tasks make it look
like they would be “big”, even though my first impression was that they
would be small. Also, we must have enough tasks for during 1.5 months. I
don't know how many people would sign up for our tasks, but we shouldn't
get out of tasks in the first week (or we may, and finish the mentors
labour...). We can always reuse tasks in some hackaton, if they were too
much. My concern is in making up many tasks.