- How to find good local community organizers, and faciliate that program, when much of the community is abroad.
- Finding local community members and utilizing them as a resource
- Expanding a central community to one with many local user groups.
- Travel and word of mouth spread the community
- How to develop a global community of contributors to the project
Things that have worked:
- Use social networks to develop online communities
- Find the local tools/websites
- Ambassadors program (by volunteer)
Challenge: Finding fanboys versus contributors. Trying to encourage more contribution to code.
- People can become too fanatic.
- Split up tasks to increase participation
- Creating social network for contributors: http://elgg.org/
Translation tool: Smartling.com
Challenge: Figuring out of the community abroad is actually developing and growing
Challenge: Communities working in different languages
- Develop process in English, but the community is working in their own language
- People become marginalized, and excluded from conversation
- How to localize comments in code
Challenge: Cultural translation
- Making sure that the conversations and tools are localized, not just translated
Challenge: Interacting with tech
- Adapting keyboard shortcuts
Challenge: Maintaining translated docs
- "The Cross-Lingual Wiki Engine: Enabling Collaboration Across Language Barriers"