Building a new Firefox update experience


Planet Mozilla viewers – you can watch this video on YouTube.

Last week I introduced the new Firefox update experience that we’re working on. Since then, we’ve had a few days together in San Francisco to work out a new version (the first version was done last summer). So check out the video above for a walk-though of our progress and the video below for a few scenes of us working together this last week.

Planet Mozilla viewers – you can watch this video on YouTube.

Escalating Forum Posts


Hello I’m Patrick with SUMO’s Helpdesk. I’ve gotten to meet a few of you at the Summit in Toronto, but for those who I haven’t met yet I wanted to explain the role that Helpdesk can play within SUMO and how we can help contributors fill in the gaps on the forums. Things like getting us to 100% question replied to in 24 hours and increasing our solution rate.

For Q4 we’re working on using the existing forum tagging system to start leveraging the skills of our long time contributors, as well as getting the Helpdesk involved when you don’t know know the answer.

The tag that I’m most excited about is Escalated, which you can use when you just can’t figure out the solution to customer’s problem. There will be new filters which you can use to only look at the Escalated case if you want to work on the hard stuff. In addition escalating a post will send a ping to the Helpdesk with the forum URL, so we can get involved if needed. Posts can be also be automatically tagged as Escalated after it has gone 12 hours with No Replies.

A few people have asked what kind of posts should be escalated? If you’re unsure of how to reply mark it escalated. Since everyone is able to see escalated tagged post, anyone can answer them.

This tag along with new Filtering options, will allow all of us all to see what posts need our attention and get the customer a more timely response.

We’re hoping to have all of this rolled out before the end of December. There is a bug tracking the work for this feature here Bug 932348 – Escalated threads should create zendesk ticket, so please let us know what you think and if you’re interested in focusing on these escalated cases I’d love to hear from you.

Open Badges 1.0: Minimum Awesome Achievement



Just before the Mozilla Summit back on September 30, we launched the first phase of SUMO Open Badges. They are: Minimum Awesome Achievement Badges for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013:

  • The KB badge for our awesome knowledge base writers (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).
  • The Forum badge for our splendid English language forum support contributors (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).
  • The Army of Awesome badge for folks who have contributed to the Mozilla SUMO twitter awesomeness (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).
  • The L10N badge for our fantastic folks who translated KB articles from English (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).

By “Minimum Awesome Achievement” we were trying to recognize significant non-trivial contribution on a yearly basis.

Four badges awarded algorithmically for four years: 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In total: 16 badges. And we will issue these four badges automatically for 2014 and future years.

What’s next? Badges for the awesome folks who helped us with SUMO Live Chat support and badges for the “OG”s (the original SUMO gurus who contributed from 2007-2009). And adding our SUMO badges to the Mozilla Open Badges Backpack.

Got some ideas for future SUMO badges? Please add them to the future SUMO badge etherpad.

Want to be help lead the future of SUMO badges? I am looking for somebody to be a “co-driver”. All you need to do is read up about Open Badges and be passionate about them and be willing to work with me for about five hours a week (usually far less than five hours!). If you are interested email rtanglao AT

UPDATE: A big thanks to all who made SUMO open badges happen: Yvan for the awesome badge designs; Ricky and Will of the superb SUMO-DEV team for the SUMO badge code; Les for the excellent Django Badger code; splendid SUMO colleagues: Ibai, Rosana, Madalina, Kadir and Michael for feedback and guidance; Carla, Emily and Sunny of the Mozilla Foundation badges team for great Open Badges mentoring and ongoing badge system design advice; David of the community team for building the community of open badges within Mozilla and most importantly all those who contribute to support at mozilla!

Gravatar for Avatar

Kadir Topal

For a long time we have had small avatars on SUMO, but with the shiny new profile pages they look out of place. So we are going to support bigger avatars soon. But there is a twist: We won’t just increase the size of the avatars, we are switching to Gravatar instead. Gravatar is used by large number of online services including This means that you don’t have to manage your avatar on SUMO separately unless you really want to. You can just upload an image once on Gravatar and have it show up on all kinds of webservices you are using.

Now, what does this change mean for you?

  1. If you are a new user and have a Gravatar account already, we’ll automatically use that when you create a new account on SUMO
  2. If you are a new user and don’t have a Gravatar account yet, you’ll get the default avatar as always and you can change your Avatar by going to the Gravatar page (linked from your profile on SUMO)
  3. If you are an existing user with a Gravatar account, we’ll replace the avatar you have here with the one in your Gravatar account.
  4. If you are an existing user without a Gravatar account nothing is changing for you. But if you want to change your Avatar later on, you’ll be linked to Gravatar.

If you don’t want your standard Gravatar image to be shown on SUMO, you can change your email address on SUMO. You don’t have to actually use a different email account. Just append “+SUMO” to it. So if my mail address is it would become This way you still get your email to, but Gravatar won’t show the image here that you have set for

This is now live on our staging server: Please give it a try and let me know what you think. You can also comment directly in the bug for this:

What’s up with SUMO – Sept. 16


Big things this week

  • Notes and video from this SUMO meeting.
  • We’ll investigate adding these meetings to AirMozilla and, for next week, let’s see how many people we can get to join and participate in this meeting on video.
  • We should be able to start testing Persona on SUMO this Thursday.
  • Be sure to watch the meeting video for Madalina and Kadir’s presentation about the support forum (starts at 27:35).
  • Contributors of the week: ideato, philipp, Jscher2000, feer56, Noah_SUMO, waka_flocka_flame, john99 and yalam96.
  • Current SUMO development sprint – 2013.18.
  • Next SUMO meeting – Monday, Sept. 23rd (call in details & meeting notes) at 9:00 am PDT. Please add your comments, questions and updates to the wiki. You can also participate in #sumo during the meeting. We’re going to record and post a video of the meeting.

Thursday, September 12th, is SUMO Day!


It’s Thursday so it’s the perfect time to organize a new SUMO day! We are answering questions in the support forum and helping each other in #sumo on IRC from 9am to 5pm PST (UTC -8) today.

Join us, create an account and then take some time today to help with unanswered questions. Please check the etherpad for additional tips. We have been experiencing quite a high number of questions in the last few days. Our goal this Thursday is to respond to each and ever one of them, so please try to answer as many questions as you can throughout the day.

Happy SUMO Day!

What’s up with SUMO – Sept. 9


Big things this week

  • Notes and video from this SUMO meeting.
  • Persona login is coming to SUMO.
  • Kudos to locales with 100% localization of the top articles – cs, es, nl, ru, it, ja, ko, pt-BR, zh-TW, sl.
  • We now have separate metrics for localized forums. Check Contributor Tools > Support Forum Metrics.
  • Contributors of the week: Russian localizers- Alexander (unghost), Gryllida and Harry. Also, Noah for great investigative work in the forums.
  • Current SUMO development sprint – 2013.18.
  • Next SUMO meeting – Monday, Sept. 16th (call in details & meeting notes) at 9:00 am PDT. Please add your comments, questions and updates to the wiki. You can also participate in #sumo during the meeting. We’re going to record and post a video of the meeting.

Community leadership at SUMO made easy!


We’re thrilled to announce that we have some new amazing features to make community leadership at SUMO much easier. We are making contributions at SUMO more transparent and with our new metrics it’s very easy to understand what your community is doing and how you can have an impact.

We want to make it easy to understand how the local communities are working so that:

  • it’s easier for new contributors to spot the right contacts and get started.
  • contributors can coordinate the work, assign rights and share the work load
  • we can show everyone how wonderful our contributors are and how much they contribute to nurturing the open web

So if you’re interested in doing community building for your locale here’s our magic toolkit:

The starting point is your locale dashboard*, where you will find the menu on the left side:

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Locale metrics

You can track the localization coverage over time and feel proud of the impact you’re having on all the users in your locale!

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Also you will be able to see how many contributors have been active over time, so you know how strong  the community is. If you want to know who has been active you can check the “Localization team” site.

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Localization team:

Here you will be able to see who are the locale leaders and the reviewers. Also you will be able to see the active users in the past 90 days. This will help new contributors find the localizers they need to contact if they want to get started. And active localizers will be able to see who is active to coordinate better. It’s much easier to do community building, share the work load and make friends : )

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Something very cool about this page is that the locale leaders are now able to add locale reviewers. It means that the locale leader has all the rights to turn editors into reviewers, without needing an admin. We want to give communities all the tools to be able to do community organization and building on their own.

Recent revisions

Finally, we added the recent revisions to that menu, so that contributors can quickly access this feature that let’s you see the last reviews in that locale. You will be able to see the last activity and who was active. Pretty amazing to understand how the locale is working!


We also have been displaying the contributions on the user profile. So if you want to see what you or other contributors have contributed to SUMO, just go to their user profile and see their answers in the forum and the documents they have contributed to.

Tell us what you think and what you need!

Let us know what you think about these new features and if you have some other ideas. We want to empower every contributor to be a community leader.

* You can reach your locale dashboard using this link with your ISO language code:[ISO language code]/localization, for example Spanish:

What’s up with SUMO – Aug. 19


Big things this week

What’s up with SUMO – Aug. 12


Big things this week