Hep needed !!! (Open Source Contributions)

Valorie Zimmerman valorie.zimmerman at gmail.com
Tue May 22 01:47:03 UTC 2018

Hi Calvin, good to hear from you.

First, please don't address people as "sir." In free and open source
communities, such salutations are not welcome. OK?

It is quite lovely to hear you reach out to us. However, you don't say
what you are interested in doing? Do you want to write code?
Contribute to the documentation? Do translation or
internationalization? Artwork? Help out organizing meetings, sprints
and other events?

You say you read the GSoC page. What sort of ideas excited you? What
sort of team are you interested in working with?

Do you use KDE software? If so, have you found things you want to fix,
or make better? That is where most people begin, no matter their
skills. This is exactly how I first engaged, when I found Amarok user
documentation lacking.

We welcome everyone, and every skill, at every level. If you think
that because you are a beginner you have less to offer, that is
mistaken. Your beginner status is your super power! Many of us
long-time users know how to work around pain points. It says something
that you have found it difficult to find your way in so far. We have a
team working on making "on-boarding" better. I hope that they will be
replying to you as well, to find out what you tried before you wrote
here to the KDE-Community list.

Finally, have you seen https://community.kde.org/Get_Involved ?

Looking forward to hearing from you again.

All the best,


On Sat, May 5, 2018 at 4:20 AM, Calvin <wizardoz355 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Sir,
> I am Om Pandey , a college student from India , I got to know about Gsoc and
> open source contribution in December 2017 , Since then i have been trying to
> contribute to the open source community
> I am in my freshmen year of college and i have been trying to look out for
> ways of contribution to the open source community with all failed attempts i
> am completely lost as what i should do or where i should start please guide
> me so that i can learn to contribute .
> I chose to message this organisation i was advised by one of friends and i
> saw your name come up on one of the Facebook communities stating that your
> organisation could help my situation by guiding me .
> Please guide me as to what is to be done , I know some of the technologies
> as listed on your Gsoc page and the rest i promise to learn to the best of
> my efforts.
> I have an entire year to go ,please guide me and I promise that to the best
> of my efforts I shall perform.
> Regards,
> Yours Truly,
> Om Pandey


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