Profile of the day
Barry Smyth has kicked off a project for the Irish Team. Each week he’s going to pick a profile from the Irish team and mail it around to get a discussion going on who the person is and how they interact. The profile is picked from the lauchpad account and many people link from there to their wiki page, so get your wiki page up and running folks!
What is profile of the day all about?
Within any community trust is important for individuals to share knowledge. To know someone is to trust them more. The profile of the day is an initiative to encourage members of the Irish team to get to know each other more. And by doing so to increase the sense of community, trust and communication. Already in place are various social networking tools such as Launchpad, personal Wiki pages and personal webpages, these tools facilitate the social aspect of the community and the building of relationships within the community. The profile of the day will utilise these tools and attempt to encourage the use of them more readily. It is hoped that through the initiative that members will know more about other members, their interests and encourage communication between members that may not of existed otherwise. It is also hoped that it will act as a catalyst for users to update or create their Launchpad and Wiki pages.
The initiative will last for 2 weeks, each day within that period one profile will be advertised through the mailing list and will then be displayed here. At the end of the two weeks members will have the opportunity to express their opinion on the usefulness of the initiative.
Week one has come and gone and it’s been interesting. The profiles are picked by Barry who is doing this for his Masters at college so I hope he gets something from it. A mail is sent around to the Ubuntu Ireland mailing list in the hopes that it sparks a conversation happening on the list or in person or on IRC.
I’ve found it interesting in two ways, one there are people on the Ubuntu Ireland list that I didn’t know about nor would I possibly thought they were on there, and secondly there are people on there who are rather quiet which is fine but it would be nice to engage with them once in a while. Highlighting their profile page gives you a glimmer into who they are or if they have a wiki page more in depth knowledge who makes up the team. I asked Barry to add all the profile to a wiki page for those who may be interested in this, you can leave a comments on here also for feedback for Barry.
I think this kind of initiative has a lot of good potential to encourage people to learn about who is on their team, who support Ubuntu, how best we can work together and promote and showcase it over here. It also highlights for me personally, there are a lot more people over here who use Ubuntu that I originally thought. It is a little disappointing the lack of replies on mail, however I do notice we’ve had more people on the IRC channel and discussing this topic.
With that in mind the UK LoCO which I’m also a part of has kicked off a similar style of profile thread to highlight team members, Alan Bell kicked of Profile Roulette