Open Badges program for Thunderbird contributors
Roland MoCoWin7 Tanglao
rtanglao at mozilla.com
Thu Aug 9 18:09:43 UTC 2012
1. integration with email: i am pretty sure you can embed the badges in
email e.g. in your signature
2. who decides to give badges: my guess is that it would be the community
On 07/08/2012 2:05 AM, Ludovic Hirlimann wrote:
> On 7/27/12 1:37 AM, Anne-Marie Bourcier wrote:
>> In the spring, the Mozilla Foundation launched the "Open Badges"
>> program (http://openbadges.org/). The intention of Open Badges is to
>> provide a standardized open framework that enables organizations to
>> issue digital "badges" that recognize skills or achievements.
>> The Thunderbird team thought it would be great to implement an Open
>> Badges program for Thunderbird contributors. We started brainstorming
>> about how we could implement the program and talking with the very
>> helpful and enthusiastic Foundation folks who work on the project.
>> However, now that we are changing Thunderbird's governance model, we
>> need to find out if the Thunderbird community thinks it is worthwhile
>> to implement Thunderbird Badges and if the community is able and
>> willing to run the program for themselves in the long term. If the
>> community likes the idea and wants to move ahead, we will do all the
>> preparation and set up the technical aspects and then hand the
>> program over to the community in the fall.
>> To run the program, the community would have to implement some kind
>> of process where contributions in various areas were tracked and
>> significant contributions were forwarded to a person who generated
>> the badges. The badge program would require an ongoing commitment,
>> because it wouldn't be fair if badges were only issued to a few
>> people and then the program was dropped. Also, the criteria for
>> issuing badges must be clear so that the process is not open to
>> A summary of our thinking about how to implement badges follows
>> (however keep in mind that the community is welcome to alter as they
>> see fit):
>> A badge rewards a demonstration of competency, not a degree of
>> contribution. A badge isn't a reward for effort; it's a validation of
>> a demonstrable skill.
>> Given that model, the Thunderbird Community could implement badges
>> for these kinds of things:
>> - Thunderbird Core Contributor Badge: People who contribute a
>> significant patch to the Thunderbird core, thus demonstrating a
>> competency in programming.
>> - Thunderbird Add-on Developer Badge: People who create a Thunderbird
>> add-on that is accepted by AMO, thus demonstrating a competency in
>> - Thunderbird Knowledge Base Author Badge: People who create a
>> Thunderbird Knowledge Base article that uses a set of the more
>> complex formatting tools (templates, tables, images, etc), thus
>> demonstrating a competency in authoring on a wiki platform and
>> technical writing.
>> - Thunderbird Support Contributor Badge: for people solving questions
>> (reward based on number of answers or technical accuracy)
>> - Thunderbird Ambassador Badge: People who create something
>> significant outside the normal venues for contribution. For example,
>> a Thunderbird contributor recently wrote a P2PU course and supporting
>> workbook that explains how to set up PGP for use with Thunderbird.
>> This is a significant effort that brings attention to Thunderbird
>> from a whole new group.
>> This wiki page describes our thinking and our progress on the
>> project: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Thunderbird:Open_Badges
> These seems to be very web based - would be nice to find a great way
> to have them integrate with email.
> I like the idea of recognizing once involvement in the project. What's
> missing above , is who decides to give badges ? But I think once we've
> figured out some TB dev, that should be an easy question.
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