Firefox 36 SUMO Day this Thursday, February 26

Madalina

Firefox 36 was just released so it’s the perfect time to organize a new SUMO day! We’ll be answering questions in the support forum and helping each other in #sumo on IRC from 9am to 5pm PST (UTC -8).

Join us, create an account and then take some time  to help with unanswered questions. Please check the etherpad for additional tips. Also don’t forget to check the Firefox 36 release status thread for the latest issues and bugs. We’re expecting a high number of questions this Thursday and our goal is to respond to each and ever one of them, so please try to answer as many questions as you can throughout the day.

Let’s do it!

Campus Party Brazil 8 – a guest report by Mariana

Michał

Today we would like to share a guest post with you from our Mozilla Brasil friend, Mariana! I’m passing the keyboard over to her now:

The Campus Party Brazil (CPBR) is the major party of technology held annually in Brazil. There are treated topics related to Internet, bringing together a large number of communities and users of the global network of computers involved with technology and digital culture. It takes place in Brazil since 2008 in São Paulo and since 2012 in Recife.

The people who participate in the CPBR are called “campuseiros”. This edition, the CPBR8, had 8000 campuseiros that were accommodated during the event at tables where they, as usual, are installing their PCs, laptops, routers and other technological equipment. The internet was provided by CPBR and had a speed of 50 gigas distributed by about 50 kilometres of network cables and 30 kilometres of fiber optics.

People came to São Paulo from all over the world. There were campuseiros from 21 different countries including Colombia, Spain, United States, and Mexico.

DSC00985The CPBR8 had about 600 activities, over 700 speakers, totalling more than 700 hours of content, in the official agenda. Our community had some speakers there as well. Separate communities offered many additional activities in their own agendas.

The Mozilla Brasil group was allocated at one of the tables available and was present from the very first day of the event, offering activities such as:

  • Presentations of the volunteers of Mozilla Brasil
  • Presentations of Mozilla projects: Webmaker, WoMoz, SUMO, WebDev and many others
  • Practical workshops for Webmaker, SUMO, and WebDev
  • Explanation of ways to participate in Mozilla’s mission and the tools that Mozillians have developed
  • An App Development Hackathon for Firefox OS
  • New member sign-up

SUMO activities took place at the Mozilla Community table. Some people came wanting to know more about the ways to contribute and they were introduced to SUMO first.
Workshops presenting the role and importance of SUMO focused on the help contributors provide in the forums and the number of people positively affected when a contributor localizes a page into their language. We demonstrated how to translate and update articles to people who spoke English and wanted to contribute to the translation of articles into Portuguese. Twitter presence and the Army of Awesome were also given the spotlight.

The CPBR8 is a place where you can meet all kinds of technologically conscious people, and many of them still do not know how to contribute or help the open web to grow. That’s what we were focused on, to open the doors for these people.

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You can find the Mozilla Community Page for CPBR8 here. For more photos, click here.

…thank you Mariana for this great report! Huge thanks to all Mozillian campuseiros for their time and effort invested in opening the web up to internet users in the region.

What’s up with SUMO – 20th February

Michał

Happy to hear you’ve all made it to the next week after last week’s Friday 13th. Here’s yet another share of news and updates from the SUMO world, for your reading & clicking pleasure.

Step by step, getting to that million Mozillians

…welcome to SUMO :-) If you’re not on the list and you joined us recently, remember to introduce yourself!

The latest SUMO Community meeting

You can find the agenda and notes here: https://etherpad.mozilla.org/sumo-2015-02-16.

Remember, you can find all of our most recent videos here. As for the most recent video, it should be right below this text.

Reminder: the next SUMO Community meeting…

  • …is going to take place on Monday, 23rd February. Join us if you can!
  • If you want to add a discussion topic to the live meeting agenda:
    • Start a thread in the Community Forums, so that everyone in the community can see what will be discussed and voice their opinion here before Monday (this will make it easier to have an efficient meeting).
    • Please do so as soon as you can before the meeting, so that people have time to read, think, and reply (and also add it to the agenda).

Community shout-outs

Developer news

  • We are getting closer to launching BuddyUp. The next week will see the whole BuddyUp working group gather together in one location to hammer the final details out. In the meantime, a teaser…buddyup
  • You can find our Q2 Roadmap items in the notes & video links for the latest Platform meeting. Highlights include the article page redesign, community hub and metrics, and a project for supporting iOS users – take a look!

Forum news

Knowledge Base news

  • Help us reorganize and optimize our content by taking a short “test”. Each of the card sort exercises should take less than 5 minutes, and will inform the future topic trees. No prior knowledge of Firefox, Thunderbird or anything else required – so invite your family and friends! Take your pick or go through them all: Firefox for Android, Thunderbird, Firefox.

Firefox (+ OS, + for Android) news

  • The Firefox OS Base Image v18D is going to be released to the public fairly soon. It was added to MDN last week, but the link was removed afterwards because of issues with the image. Warning! Bluetooth is broken. Please do not flash v18D + v2.2. FxOS QA and RelEng will upload a new build when it becomes available.
  • In other “exciting and fresh code” news, Firefox For Android 36 is due next week. For now, still no Chromecast or Roku, unfortunately. Patience, it will be there, eventually – related bugs below.
  • Roland is still looking for people to work on Thunderbird Knowledge Base articles (specifically Lightning stuff)! Please contact roland (rtanglao AT mozilla.com) or just start editing the articles.

Have a great weekend and stay safe. We will be back with more SUMO goodness on Monday, as usual. Until then… Take it easy!

What’s up with SUMO – 13th February

Michał

Hello, SUMO Nation! Welcome to this week’s SUMO news roundup. It’s the luckiest day in the calendar, so we hope you’re winning at least a national lottery today. I’m boarding a plane later today, so fingers crossed for the pilots ;-)

Mozilla Hispano logo

The biggest news of the week for all of us is definitely Mozilla Hispano joining us at SUMO. We are thrilled to have a legion of (new to SUMO, but definitely seasoned in helping users) contributors joining us. Now, Spanish-speaking users can ask their questions here. Bienvenido a SUMO, Mozilla Hispano!

Two is company, three is a crowd… We’re still up for a bigger one!

If you’re not on the list and you joined us recently, remember to introduce yourself!

The latest SUMO Community meeting

You can find the agenda and notes here: https://etherpad.mozilla.org/sumo-2015-02-09.

Thanks to Madalina for being our video-director-and-producer :-) A reminder: you can find all of our most recent videos here.

Reminder: the next SUMO Community meeting…

  • …is going to take place on Monday, 16th of February. Join us live if you can! Details on how to do it and the agenda & notes can be found here.
  • If you want to add a discussion topic to the live meeting agenda:
    • Start a thread in the Community Forums, so that everyone in the community can see what will be discussed and voice their opinion here before Monday (this will make it easier to have an efficient meeting).
    • Please do so as soon as you can before the meeting, so that people have time to read, think, and reply (and also add it to the agenda).

Community shout-outs

  • Major kudos to Michael Buluma for volunteering to help recruit and lead our Swahili localizers – asante sana!

Developer news

  • We are aware of the many issues you’re reporting with different parts of the SUMO site. Thank you for your support, investigations, and patience while we make things work the way they should.
  • Reminder: the weekly Platform meeting functions pretty much like our Monday Community Meeting – you can join and follow the discussion – the notes from the latest one can be found here.

Forum news

Knowledge Base news

L10n news

  • You may have noticed the appearance of Index of locale threads. It will be gradually
    expanded, and is meant to give an easier start to new localizers, as well as establish a good practice in announcing locale-specific news. Since everyone localizing SUMO has a SUMO account and can “watch” their locale’s thread, it’s easier and more contextual than email. 
  • Global issues, updates, and questions will still be posted on the “top level” of the forum, as usual.
  • Counter issues strike back – we are aware of them and investigating what’s going on, so keep adding updates in the forum thread.

Firefox (+ OS, + for Android) news

That’s it for this week, with more definitely to come soon. We’ll see you on Monday and hope you have a good weekend, whatever you’re up to. Have a lucky 13th!

Thursday, February 12, is SUMO Day!

Madalina

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!