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Flock 2017 bids are now being accepted (due 28 Feb 2017)

It is time to start the bid process for this year’s Flock.  This year we are back in North America for Flock 2017. If you’d like to help host the event in your city, it’s time to start putting together a bid.  To find out what you need to do, read the wiki page. Bids are due by February 28, 2017, so do not wait to start.  It takes more time than you may realize to compile all the required information for a good bid.

Tips and advice for Flock 2017 planning

Keep in mind that committing to help plan a conference is a lot of work and shouldn’t be approached lightly. It’s a big time commitment, and as the local contact, you’re critical to the success of the event. Flock has been held successfully on college campuses and in hotels.  We need to make sure that the space will work for both the conference and be affordable.  Details are on the wiki page.

Not sure where to begin? You can view some of the previous winning bids for past years as a reference point for building your own bid. Check out some of these for examples:

Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions or need help getting your bid together.  If you’re not already subscribed to the flock-planning email list, you should also do so.

Say no to wiki SPAM!

Recently, changes were made to the Fedora Project Wiki to reduce spam. The wiki had been under attack by some very determined spammers.  They were even  willing to create FAS IDs to be able to post spam in our wiki.

Countering spam

Kevin Fenzi sent an email about the changes to the devel-announce list on 16 July 2016. In his email, he noted the increased spam was initially being fought using Basset, a spam-blocking program by Patrick Uiterwijk. While the program is great at detecting spam and blocking accounts, it was not completely accurate and the delays in processing were causing confusion. This was creating extra manual work for the Fedora Infrastructure team as they sorted out the confusion.

Wiki is now CLA+1

Therefore, the decision was made to require wiki editors to have both signed the FPCA and be in an least one group other than the CLA group.

This will have no effect on the majority of Fedora contributors. However, there are a small group of people who need to edit the wiki and aren’t in any groups. These editors are typically either trying to update the Common Bugs page or are doing work that isn’t covered by any particular group. In these cases, please open a ticket on the Fedora Infrastructure Trac. There is a special wikieditors group that will be used only for these cases. If you are already in another group, you do not need to be added to this group.

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Docs Project update from Flock 2016

At Flock 2016 in Krakow, Poland, I had the privilege of updating the community on the status of the Fedora Docs Project.

I made a small presentation and moderated a discussion in the Hackfest: Fedora Docs Learn and Hack panel. Unfortunately, my co-presenter and Fedora Docs Project Lead, Pete Travis, could not attend this year.  Therefore a lot of the conversation reflected my opinions and what I have gleaned from others.

The presentation slides are online. Unfortunately, the session wasn’t recorded or transcribed, so I wanted to try and present the conversation here. I am not attributing any comments in order to avoid mistakes. Additionally, I am working from my memory and the memory of other attendees, so omissions are accidental.

Two focuses for the Docs Project

There was a FAD in May 2016 to formulate ideas for moving the project forward. Two big ideas came out of this meeting:

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