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Hi :)
2 separate issues;

Wrt recruiting new people there is a constant source of potential new
people on the various Users Support mailing lists.

Most have arrived there to get answers to 1 or 2 questions and were toooo
focused and/or confused to notice any of "the other stuff" that goes on,
such as different mailing-lists for different teams.  Often people on those
mailing lists have no idea how to get involved.  They are often surprised
to learn that they can join other teams just as 'easily' as they joined the
Users Support mailing list and that the instructions on how to do so were
right at the beginning of their trek to join the Users Support mailing

I think mentioning, about once per month (or maybe fortnightly but not too
often)) the L10n mailing list and maybe your specific language mailing
lists on your User Support mailing-lists might attract some good people.

As far as native English speakers go, the people in their current
Documentation Team's mailing list are not very technically minded and had a
big struggle trying to understand how to edit wiki's.  Anything more
complex, even Pootle, would be a major blocker for them.  They all use
ODFAuthors.  So, anyone new only gets help as long as they are trying to
use ODFAuthors too.

I try to help people understand how to do wiki-editing but i am a hugely
unpopular maverick there.  People generally don't join these teams to
instantly find themselves embroiled in a fight = they just want to get on
with doing something useful.  So new people joining their team either also
avoid me and wiki-editing or drop-out.  The English Faq has been mostly
done by Sophie and Alex (who seem to be in all teams and have tons of
energy) or by people who are nothing to do with the English Docs Team.  The
English-speakers Documentation Team can only cope with doing the Published

1.  I think you might be able to recruit more people from the User Support
mailing lists but don't spam them with adverts and requests too much or too
often!  There are other places such as social media and all the usual good
places to market stuff but the User Support mailing lists are an extra
place that might be fruitful.

2.  If you want native English speakers then you might have to think how to
attract people who are not already in the English-speakers Documentation

Regards from
Tom :)

On 1 September 2014 19:30, Mihovil Stanic <> wrote:

Thanks for heads up, but I'm on Pootle since last Mozilla summit, so
almost a year now. :)

I was describing my workflow before Pootle, just to point our how easy is
to translate with tool like that.

Best regards,

1.9.2014. u 20:22, Rimas Kudelis je napisao/la:

 not that it's very relevant here, but just to let you know, you can
actually translate Firefox and Thunderbird in Pootle as well. I migrated
most of my Mozilla work to Pootle just a few weeks ago. There were some
migration-related bumps, but I'm gonna see how it goes from here. Rimas

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