Furthering the FOSS Wave initiative to prepare students for the industry, it required us to work closely with and mentor people in the right way. Bhopal, India, has a good number of contributors who want to learn about Fedora Quality Assurance (QA). I started off by helping them to start with a few QA activities.
Mentoring new contributors
The idea of on-boarding starts with how helpful the mentor is and how interactive the conversation becomes. After a bit of thinking and community feedback, I felt that connecting in a regional language (i.e. Hindi) would be more beneficial.
We started the call at 8:30pm IST on 2016-08-13. The first phase was to help the contributors understand how to use virtual machines and getting the right
.iso file. Once this part was over, I started off explaining test cases for release validation testing right away as Fedora 25 Alpha was coming soon. It would be a massive way to contribute!
Sharing test case feedback
The next part was to show how to post feedback and results in the wiki by editing the test case page. Once completed, we moved on to introduce the
updates-testing repository and demonstrated how to give feedback on updates with Bodhi. After a bit of hands-on with Bodhi and posting feedback, we planned to meet again for a follow-up on 2016-08-23.