Archive for March, 2012

Planet Additions: Class Of 3/26/2012

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Dave Camp (feed) – Dave Camp is a Mozilla developer and manages the Firefox Developer Tools team.

Chris McAvoy (feed) – Chris McAvoy is the Mozilla Open Badges product lead. He lives in Chicago with his wife and son.

Kartikaya Gupta (feed) – Kartikaya joined Mozilla in October 2011, and works in the Toronto office. Kartikaya is currently working on Native Fennec, focusing on pan/zoom performance.

Benjamin Kerensa (feed) – Benjamin is part of the Mozilla WebFWD team, working on discovering open source projects to be supported by Mozilla WebFWD.

Will Kahn-Greene (feed) – Will Kahn-Greene joined Mozilla in September 2011 and works in webdev on support.mozilla.org. In his spare time, he works on projects like pyvideo.org, MediaGoblin, richard, and Pyblosxom. Will primarily uses his blog for project news, outreach and development-related thoughts. He lives outside of Boston, MA and is thus a remotie.

John Hopkins (feed) – Joined Mozilla in 2010 as Senior Build and Release Engineer with the wonderful Thunderbird team and now working directly with the global Release Engineering team. Making things work better and faster are two things always on my agenda.

Peter Bengtsson (feed) – Peter Bengtsson is a web developer at Mozilla. His blog is a public notepad about various web technology experiences and thoughts related to tech that is fun to play with. Main reason for blogging is to find out that someone out there knows a better way of doing something.

K Lars Lohn (feed) – Trapped at the triple point between a geek, a hippie and a biker, Lars is a self proclaimed Cowboy Programmer in the WebDev group at Mozilla. Programming from a yurt on a flood prone organic farm in Oregon, Lars has been a major force behind the Socorro crash reporting system since 2008. While Lars prefers Python, PostgreSQL and Harleys, he is versed in C++, MySQL and Subarus.

Jen Fong-Adwent (feed) – Jen is a web developer at Mozilla and currently on the Flux team! Jen also likes steak.

Planet Additions: Class Of 3/11/2012

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

People

Swarnava Sengupta (feed) – Swarnava is a Student and He is very Passionate about Software Specially Mozilla, currently he is involved with Support.Mozilla.org project, He is the Bengali Locale Leader at SUMO(support.mozilla.org), also help Firefox user via Support forum, twitter(Army of Awesome) and also Official Firefox Facebook Page, He is also an active contibutor on Utorrent, Kaspersky, Norton and Localize few Firefox Addon

Christie Koehler (feed) – Christie joined Mozilla Webdev six months ago as a Web Product Engineer. She has a wealth of experience in web development as well as open-source community building and looks forward to sharing her experiences with the Mozilla community.

George Wright (feed) – George Wright is a long-time open source fan who used to work on WebKit and more recently Mozilla.

Justin Dolske’s feed was updated.

Ben Adida’s feed was updated.

Matt Thompson’s feed was updated.

Ian Gilman’s feed was updated.

Projects

Beyond The Code (feed) – Beyond the Code is an official Mozilla blog focused on explaining how Mozilla’s non-profit nature and mission influences what we do, from products to events, campaigns, specifications and documentation.

Arabic Mozilla (feed) – Arabicmozilla.org is a new site for the Arabic Mozilla community, the community created for Mozilla users coming from 22 Arabic countries.

The Den (feed) – The Den is the new user engagement blog where our great content lives. It’s not written by a person, but rather by the user engagement team to connect and inform, entertain and engage our end users.

Concerns with Planet Content

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Greetings,

The Planet Mozilla Module Team has received several complaints today regarding a recent post on Planet. This is not the first time something like this has happened, and we definitely want to understand when people are unhappy with the service that Planet Mozilla offers. We’d like to take this opportunity to clarify our policy and respond to the complaints.

Our policy for the last five years, since the creation of an official Mozilla module for planet.mozilla.org, has been that we do not filter or censor content on Planet. Further, we have encouraged our community to share more than just their Mozilla-related activities on Planet. We desire that Planet reflect the people of Mozilla and not just the work output of the project. It remains a personal choice of those on Planet as to how much to share. People syndicating their blogs to Planet may submit a full blog feed or a curated Mozilla-related feed. We do not intend to change this policy.

The result is content that isn’t always interesting or even “acceptable” to everybody in our community. We feel that the good of sharing the unfiltered (by us) lives of the diverse Mozilla community outweighs the occasional controversial post, and we rely on those syndicating their blogs to Planet to publish to this medium responsibly.

That being said, we have been talking for several years about creating an additional feed that is curated to only contain Mozilla-related topics. We’re not yet sure how we’re going to accomplish that without a lot of manual work due to technical reasons, but as a result of recent feedback from various Mozillians and our desire to make Planet useful to people who do not want to see non-Mozilla content, we will increase our efforts to develop that solution. Bug 733657 tracks this effort.

Finally, we have additional improvements coming to make Planet easier to consume. Following the lead of planet instances at other open source projects — which treat their planets as a collection of people — we are “returning to our roots” by starting the process of separating content generated by individuals from content generated by the project. We’re going to move the project blogs and status posts into their own planet instance and remove them from the main Planet shortly (tracked as bug 733655). Those wishing to follow only Mozilla project content can simply follow that feed and the main planet.mozilla.org service will once again focus on the many individual community voices.

As always, we welcome any and all feedback, either publicly via the newsgroups or blog posts, or privately to planet[@]mozilla[.]org. Please don’t be afraid to contact us if you ever have an issue with something on Planet. As the Mozilla community continues to grow, we all want to work together to ensure everybody has the best experience when reading Planet and that Planet continues to reflect the diversity of views, individuals, and type of content present within our eclectic community.

Sincerely,
The Planet Mozilla Module Team (Robert, Asa, Reed, Paul)