This is a follow up post from the one I read over at Rails Envy. Indeed its true that Rails need Active Members for their growing community, but the fact is that they don’t and this is one of the reasons Greg Pollack posted on his blog.
Read what Greg had to say:
Here in the Rails community I feel we’ve been lucky enough to have several great coders who are also great leaders. I’m not just talking about the people on the Rails core, I’m talking about people who create educational media such as rails blogs, tutorials, books, classes, screencasts, podcasts. I’m also talking about anyone who has taken the time to release a Rails Plugin or Gem, support new Rails developers (like on mailing lists, forums, or IRC), or run events promoting Rails or Ruby.
Doing this sort of community development (as you may already know), can often be a thankless job. It may feel like the people at the top (or in our case, the core developers) get all the credit. Just like I’ve heard people say “Why bother coding a Rails patch, it won’t get accepted” in regards to code, I’ve also heard “Why bother producing this Rails content, if it won’t be appreciated or recognized” in regards to community development. Thus, I’ve personally done my best to recognize and publicize these people, either by promoting them in the Rails Envy Podcast or through the Ruby Hero Awards, but sometimes I wish I could do more.
You know that this man is sincere about Rails and knows exactly where it is headed in the future. Ok, so you are not a great coder (don’t worry you will be if you take the time to). You can help out however by contributing to anyone of these destinations or by signing up:
Rails User Voice
Rails Envy => Start by commenting on their blog.
Rails Google Activist Group
Two other points that i liked (from the Rails Envy blog)
Empower People to do good work:
If you want to help with the documentation, you have an idea for a new resource, or you want to completely redo the wiki, let us know. Come to us with your ideas on how you can support the community on the internet or even in your local neighborhood. Lets figure out how we can help you spread the word.
Listen to the community
I care a great deal about growing Rails in 2009, and pushing it deeper into the enterprise. Each of the Activists has their own initiatives and projects to help do this, but we’re going to need community involvement to attack some of the bigger issues. Two examples of this might include fixing the Wiki, and the creation of some sort of Rails Book.
Valid points by Greg no doubt, so let the Rails Core team do what they do best => and that is program. I for one will help out wherever i can, even if it means spending extra hours on the computer aside all my other work..