Fedora Appreciation Week is a new event this year organized by the Fedora Community Operations (CommOps) team. Fedora Appreciation Week, abbreviated as FAW, is a week-long event to celebrate the efforts of Fedora Project contributors and to say “thank you” to each other. Fedora Appreciation Week begins Monday, November 5, 2018 and runs until Sunday, November 11, 2018.

What is it?

The Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day inspired the CommOps team to organize a similar event of appreciation for contributors who make Fedora what it is. This includes all types of contributors, from development, design, infrastructure, marketing, engineering, and more.

During this time of appreciation, users and contributors alike are highly encouraged to select either an individual or a group of contributors to thank for their efforts in Fedora. Appreciation can be given as a karma cookie in IRC, a short note of thanks on a mailing list, or a longer form appreciation such as a Fedora Happiness Packet.

This year’s Fedora Appreciation Week will occur during the 15th anniversary of the Fedora Project on November 6, 2018.

Why have an Appreciation Week?

Most Fedora contributors do not get to work together in the same building or office. Our daily interactions are usually in text (e.g. IRC, emails, wikis, etc.). Even though these work well and we accomplish our goals, we lose touch with the human side of contributing. Fedora contributors aren’t robots, but real people! Fedora Appreciation Week is a chance to remember the Fedora community is a community of people, and to thank our colleagues and friends who might be halfway across the room or halfway across the planet.

How to participate in Appreciation Week

More information about how to participate will come in October. In the meanwhile, consider writing a Contributor Story! Contributor Stories are just that: the record of our best moments with our Fedora friends. The story can be about our work in Fedora or something personal or unique which you would like to share with the community. Selected stories will be shared on the Community Blog every day during Fedora Appreciation Week.

See some examples and consider writing one of your own before Fedora Appreciation Week rolls around on Monday, November 5, 2018.

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