The Fedora DEI Team is thrilled to announce the return of Fedora Appreciation Week (FAW) for 2023! FAW is a special time for us to come together and express our gratitude to all the dedicated contributors who make the Fedora Project what it is.

What is it?

Fedora Appreciation Week, abbreviated as FAW, is a week-long event organized by the Fedora DEI Team dedicated to celebrating the efforts of Fedora Project contributors and and expressing gratitude to one another. Fedora Appreciation Week kicks off on Monday, November 6, 2023 and runs until Sunday, November 12, 2023. 📅

Originating in 2018 and inspired by the Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day, FAW aims to provide a similar platform for appreciating and acknowledging all the contributions of those who have played a role in shaping the Fedora community. After five years, we are excited to revive this tradition, aligning it with the 20th anniversary of the Fedora Project, on November 6, 2023.

Throughout Fedora Appreciation Week, we encourage all community members to select either an individual contributor or a group of contributors to thank for their work in Fedora. This includes all types of contributions, from development, design, infrastructure, marketing, engineering, and more. Let’s come together to celebrate the collective efforts that make Fedora what it is today.

Why have a FAW?

Fedora Appreciation Week is not just about software and code; it’s about recognizing and appreciating the people who make the Fedora Project what it is. So, take the opportunity to say “thank you” to your colleagues and friends, whether they are nearby or across the globe. Let’s make this event a heartfelt celebration of the Fedora community and its dedicated contributors. #WeAreFedora!

How to participate in FAW

  1. Write 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 6, 2023.
  2. Share your favorite Fedora community pictures: Pictures capture special moments and memories. Share your favorite pictures from your journey with the Fedora community on Fedora Discussion.
  3. Give another contributor a karma cookie with Zodbot: Did you know that you can give “karma cookies” to other Fedora contributors? Long-time community members will remember this feature from IRC Zodbot, and the feature is now ported over to the Matrix-native Zodbot. Fedora contributors give each other a karma cookie when someone else does something helpful or something we appreciate. In any Matrix room where Zodbot is a member, you can give a karma cookie by adding “++” to the end of someone’s username (e.g. jonatoni++) or by reacting with the 🍪 emoji on someone else’s message.
  4. Say thank you on social media: Express your gratitude publicly on your social media platforms. Use the hashtag #WeAreFedora to make your posts part of the collective celebration. Share your reasons or stories about why you’re thankful for the Fedora community and its contributors.

Participate and earn a Fedora Appreciation Week Badge!

Event day

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a virtual event that brings together three significant celebrations in one: the Fedora Release Party, the 20th Anniversary of Fedora, and Fedora Appreciation Week. This event is scheduled to take place on November 10 – 11, 2023. We invite you to join us for two days of joyous celebration! Stay tuned for more details on how to participate, which will be shared soon.