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Earlier this month at PyCon AU, VM Brasseur gave this talk on maximizing the contributions from "drive-thru" participants in your open source project. Her thesis is that most of your contributors are going to report one bug, fix one thing, and move on, so it's in your best interest to set up your project so that these one-and-done contributors have a great experience: a process which is "easy to understand, easy to follow, and which makes it easy to contribute" will make new contributors successful, and more likely to return.

Meanwhile, the Firefox team's trying to increase the number of repeat contributors, in particular, people filing quality bugs. We know that a prompt reply to a first code contribution encourages that contributor to do more, and believe the same is true of bug filing: that quickly triaging incoming bugs will encourage those contributors to file more, and better bugs, making for a healthy QA process and a higher quality product.

For now, it's rare that the first few bugs someone files in Bugzilla are "high quality" bugs - clearly described, reproducible and actionable - which means they're more likely to stall, or be closed as invalid or incomplete, which in turn means that contributor is less likely file another.

In order to have more repeat contributors, we have to work on the "drive-thru" bug filer's experience that Brasseur describes in her talk, to make new contributors successful, and make them repeat quality bug filers. Here's some of the things we're doing:

  • Michael Hoye's asking new contributors about their bug-filing experience with a quick survey.
  • We're measuring contributor behavior in a dashboard, to find out how often contributors, new and old are filing bugs.
  • Hamilton Ulmer from the Data team is looking at an extract of bugs from Bugzilla to characterize good vs. bad bugs (that is bugs that stall, or get closed as invalid.)
  • The BMO and Firefox teams have been working on UI improvements to Bugzilla (Modal View and Readable Bug Statuses) to make it easier to file and follow up on bugs.

These steps don't guarantee success, but will guide us going forward. Thanks to Michael Hoye for review and comments.

Proxima: to b or not to b?

Aug. 24th, 2016 01:17 pm
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The Pale Red Dot campaign aimed to find a planet orbiting our nearest stellar neighbour, Proxima Centauri. Incredibly, the quest succeeded and the team did indeed find a planet. Even more excitingly, the planet, Proxima b, falls within the habitable zone of its host star. The newly discovered Proxima b is by far the closest potential abode for alien life.

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Aug. 24th, 2016 01:09 pm
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Note to self: read labels. If I'd known ahead of time that the breakfast sausage links had black pepper in them, I would've saved myself three days of intestinal pain and time in the bathroom.

Head cold is almost gone--a little bit on one side, that's all.

I would like a week where nothing difficult happens with my body.

My wonderful haircutting genius has moved to a new salon, one that's inconvenient. But she offered, a while back, to come to the house to cut my hair -- so I have written her and asked. And then realized she's probably on vacation this week. I'll try again in September.

Oh-- I have some more Imzy invites, if anyone wants them. Give me an email address to send it to.
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What I read

Finished des Anges, As Simple as Hunger, which was - interesting. Didn't work for me as well as Brown Bread, Boys, and also I am detecting a bit of a pattern (perhaps on insufficient evidence). But was still worth reading.

Sally Smith, Marshall Hall: A Law Unto Himself (2016), as recommended by [personal profile] legionseagle - biography of famous late C19th/early 20th defense lawyer famed for his emotional appeals to juries, with rather turbulent private life. Very readable; also very good on legal minutiae of how the law and courts of the period actually operated.

On the go

Sarah Tolmie, Two Travellers (2016), which I am liking a lot (personal note: met her at Wiscon, very nice person: however, finding someone agreeable as a person doesn't always mean one likes their writing.)

Up next

Might be one of the other Tolmies on my e-reader; might be Kate Elliott Poisoned Blade; or do I feel in the mood for some Tanith Lee? Watch this space.


Book/reading related links:

Who is this guy and why should one take at all seriously anything he says? Why young-adult fiction is a dangerous fantasy.

There are so many weasel-words that decode to 'ugh, lady-cooties', in that piece, no?

And do we not think that 'the young' might be getting their factual, non-fictional requirements met from the internet?

The perpetrator is described as an author: this seems to mean, writing intros to Shakespeare and Milton, presumably for The Young.

Are his arguments not entirely dissimilar to those Jane Austen took a codfish to when she defended the 'only a novel'?

Okay, will concede I am probably not the target audience for this: 100 Must-Read Lesser-Known Classics, because I would say I'd at least heard of the majority of them, the author if not the precise work, read quite a number, and it includes some that I would not describe as 'lesser-known', at least, perhaps, in the UK. Though I will say that the Rosamund Lehmann is a very odd pick from within her oeuvre, because I would anticipate that if you think The Return of the Soldier, Testament of Youth and I Capture the Castle are obscure, presumably that would also apply to The Weather in the Streets?

Will refrain from going WOT NO [fill in the gap].

That feeling when

Aug. 24th, 2016 10:58 am
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You discover there is at least one person out there who thinks WisCon post-2008 can be described as ahead of the curve wrt harassment policies.

(not linkable, which may be for the best)

Today’s Plan

Aug. 24th, 2016 10:17 am
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  1. Try to stay off social media.
  2. Make progress on the novel rewrite.
  3. Profit!!!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

National Waffle Day

Aug. 24th, 2016 06:10 am
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79: Mount Vesuvius - Erupts, destroying Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae by burying them in many feet of ash. (Traditional date; many modern historians suggest October 24).
394: Philae, Egypt - The scribe Esmet-Akhom leaves a graffito which is the last known historical use of hieroglyphics.
410: Rome - Is sacked by the Visigoths under Alaric I.
1215: Rome - Pope Innocent III voids the Magna Carta. The British nobles do not, as a whole, accept this nullification.
1349: Mainz, Germany - The Jews are blamed for the bubonic plague, and six thousand of them murdered.
1456: Mainz, Germany - Gutenberg finishes the printing of his Bible. No, it was not the first thing he printed.
1662: London, England - Parliament passes the Act of Uniformity, which requires the use of the 1662 edition of the Book of Common Prayer in the Established Church of England. Adherence to the Act and the BCP was required to hold any governmental (or church) office.
1814: Washington, DC - British troops invade and burn many buildings, including the Capitol and the Presidential Mansion.
1891: Menlo Park, NJ/Washington, DC - Thomas Edison patents the "kinetograph," or motion picture camera.
1932: Newark, NJ - On arrival here, Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly non-stop across the United States (she started in Los Angeles).
1954: Washington, DC - President Dwight Eisenhower signs the Communist Control Act, outlawing CP-USA and criminalizing membership in it or in any "Communist action" group. Even J.Edgar Hoover opposed this bill (because it would force Communists underground and make them harder to surveil).It has never been repealed, but neither has any Administration made any serious effort to enforce it. It was declared unconstitutional by a federal district court in Arizona in 1973; however, it has never been ruled on by SCOTUS.
1967: New York, NY - Abbie Hoffman leads the YIPpie party in disrupting trading on Wall Street by throwing dollar bills from the viewing gallery. Because of this, the NYSE closed the viewing gallery until a glass partition could be installed to prevent further such incidents.
1989: Columbia - Drug lords declare "total war" on the Columbian government.
1995: Redmond, WA and elsewhere - Microsoft releases Windows 95, which claims to be an operating system though it still relies on MS-DOS to handle many functions.
2016: Prague, Czech Republic - The traitorous International Astronomical Union redefines "planet" so that Pluto is not one. We still love you, Pluto!

1552: Lavinia Fontana, considered the "first significant" woman artist.
1556: Sophia Brahe, astronomer.
1591: Robert Herrick, poet.
1872: Max Beerbohm, cariacaturist and writer (Zuleika Dobson).
1890: Jean Rhys, writer (Wide Sargasso Sea, Sleep It Off Lady).
1898: Malcolm Cowley, poet and writer (Exile's Return).
1899: Jorge Luis Borges, writer (Labyrinths, The Book of Imaginary Beings).
1902: Carlo Gambino, mob boss.
1911: Durward Kirby, television host/announcer.
1915: James Tiptree, Jr (Alice Sheldon), writer ("Houston, Houston, Do You Read?", "The Girl Who Was Plugged In").
1922: Howard Zinn, activist and historian (The People's History of the United States).
1929: Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian National Authority.
1936: A.S. Byatt, writer (Possession).
1938: Mason Williams, guitarist and composer (Classical Gas).
1945: Vince McMahon, wrestling promoter.
1948: Alexander McCall Smith, writer (The "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series.)
1951: Orson Scott Card, writer (Ender's Game, "Lost Boys") and bigot.
1955: Mike Huckabee, politician, minister, and bigot.
1957: Stephen Fry, who was Mycroft Holmes and much else.
1977: John Green, writer (The Fault in Our Stars).
1988: Rupert Grint, who was Ron Weasley.

No. 27: tends to crumble (Act IV)

Aug. 24th, 2016 12:25 pm
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Posted by Kip Manley

the Question mark – la Différance – Laissez-majesté – what She might Ask –

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Aug. 24th, 2016 07:13 am
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When i read this i wonder a few things:

Would you agree that our world is in utter chaos and turmoil? When we watch the news, there is hardly anything good shown any more. Crime rates are at an all-time high. There is little respect for law enforcement. Teachers have little control in their classrooms. Political representatives are having a hard time agreeing on what is best for their constituents. We ask what we can do to make a difference.

Would reading the news and not watching help? (And what are the odds the author watches Fox?)

Is the comment that "there is little respect for law enforcement" a comment on race?

This morning i also read the first two stories in an investigative series entitled Deadly Force. The second story describes the deputies breaking into a woman's home to admit her inebriated tenant. My mind swirls with thoughts of gun rights and defending one's own home.

I'm listening to the anger and pain that Trump's campaign makes manifest, but with some bewilderment and what seem to me to be counter justifications. I remember  Lakoff's comments between the conventions this year: to frame the discussion in terms of freedoms and liberty.

Now to change focus, to the world i live in, so alive with joy. (I am so lucky, privileged). I think a hawk is arguing with the fish crows outside.
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We have had one recent work posted to the New Year's Resolution collection. Keep them coming!

Folie à Deux (5950 words) by MinervasTorch
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Futurama
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Philip J. Fry/Turanga Leela, past Lars Fillmore/Turanga Leela, past Turanga Leela/Sean
Characters: Philip J. Fry, Turanga Leela, Bender Rodriguez, Lars Fillmore, Nibbler (Futurama)
Additional Tags: Episode Related, Episode Tag, Post-Fry and Leela's Big Fling, Cunnilingus, Romance, Porn with Feelings, Emotional Sex, Character Study, Past Relationship(s)

“You know, Big Boots,” Bender declares, waving the hard drive around in the air. “If it weren’t for me, you’d be enjoying some new-found fame. It’s only my quick thinking that has spared you some considerable moritification. You biological organisms and your disgusting and embarrassing bodily functions! This is the only copy. Don’t look at in public.”

It wasn’t that Leela wasn’t horrified when Bender and Amy told her that her ‘romantic getaway’ with Fry was actually a zoo habitat on a planet populated by sentient apes who wanted to gawp at humans mating. It was just that she assumed they were lying about it.

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The criminal wetsuit

Aug. 24th, 2016 06:09 am
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I grew up reading science fiction stories about the far-off, mysterious 21st century. Some were upbeat (a roomful of computing power you could put in your pocket) and some were scary (a TV buffoon running for president on a major ticket). One I did not see and would not have believed is some sexually repressed prude dreaming up a dystopian future where women were arrested for not showing enough skin on the beach.

I don't want to sound racist

Aug. 23rd, 2016 11:24 pm
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But NERVA looks increasingly like more trouble than it is worth the more I look at it.

The exhaust velocity was pretty sweet, though.
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"Still under warranty".

So now I have two transparent lenses. Whoot!

Except the left lens was not under warranty after all but since they were the ones who got confused, they found a work around that did not involve me handing over money.

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Aug. 23rd, 2016 07:01 pm
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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided dropped today and is moments away from finishing decryption and updates on Toby's computer.

What should I do for the next few weeks while I am a gaming widow?

Sent from my Apple ][e

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