In the Meritocracy of LinuxmceLand:
1) Your ideas are not considered as contributions until you have proven yourself in LinuxmceLand.
2) You will not be listened to, and your ideas will not be considered until you contribute to and prove yourself in LinuxmceLand.
3) You will not be motivated to contribute until you feel like your ideas have been considered (you don't want the risk of investing your precious spare time in a project that you're not sure will take your contributions seriously).
Solve this conundrum, LinuxmceLand, and you will have solved your contributor drought.
1. I have lots of ideas. I dont really expect other people to sit around thinking up ways to implement them. If anything I try to research enough before i make a proposal to others. Works in life and open source communities. People like to know you are not having a case of mudd-butt of the mouth and can maybe take an idea a little further than talk. Proving one's self...like implementing said idea yourself, even on a basic level perhaps?
2. Maybe this is perception on my part, but isn't it a wee bit mad to expect your idea to be taken up by someone else as their pet project, as if it existed in a vacuum with nothing else going on? Also, maybe im just a little odd in how I deal with people, but I kinda judge by actions more than words. Maybe its because im from the land of sketchy people, but I dont get how not immediately analyzing every suggestion for how it can be integrated into linuxMCE right away leads to an overall devaluation of ideas.
3. Im motivated to try and contribute because it would help move things forward overall. You know, for the benefit of other people and whatnot, seeing as how so many people have already made that good faith investment of time and effort. Pay it forward if you will. I dont really need others to validate my ideas outside of 'will this cause problems' because I find ideas stand on their merits.
I personally think the drought has nothing to do with this so much as a social problem in general. Seems everyone wants an 'app for that' but nobody wants to know how it works. Or how to make their own. Or how to make it better. They just want it to 'be'. /pontification
*edited for tact*
in other news, i submitted my 1st diff today. hooyah!
and when did this place become livejournal with everyone committing their feelings to forum posts? *ducks*