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Special Interest Groups: Contributor Experience


  • How are you doing with operational tasks in [SIG]
    • Is your README accurate? have a file?
      • The README is up to date and accurate, we do not have a file.
    • All subprojects correctly mapped and listed in sigs.yaml?
      • Yes
    • What’s your meeting culture? Large/small, active/quiet, learnings? Meeting notes up to date? Are you keeping recordings up to date/trends in community members watching recordings?
      • We have biweekly zoom meetings. It is small, but active.
      • The APAC-friendly zoom meeting was poorly attended so we are discontinuing it.
      • We are also hosting biweekly asynchronous meetings on slack, which has made it easier for members from APAC regions to participate.
      • Meeting notes are up to date, recordings of the meetings are published. The YouTube recordings often have <10 views with jumps to 30~ when they are featured on the front page of the channel. Collectively during 2020 the SIG ContribEx playlist had 167 views with an average watch time of 00:03:55. Compared to the previous year, this was an increase in views, but a decrease in average watch time.
  • How does the group get updates, reports, or feedback from subprojects? Are there any springing up or being retired? Are files up to date in these areas?
    • The weekly meeting (zoom or in slack) serves as a subproject status update. The notes are then sent to the mailing list.
    • A subproject owner audit was completed in the first half of 2020
    • Some processes/meetings have been retired or retooled to reduce administrative overhead and become more async friendly.
  • Same question as above but for working groups.
    • There is no formal reporting mechanism from the working groups. The updates largely come from issues or discussions that bubble up into the SIG.
    • SIG Contributor Experience TLs also participate in WG Infra directly, so we haven't found the need for a formal reporting process.
  • When was your last public community-wide update? (provide link to deck and/or recording)
    • August 2020 at KubeCon Europe Virtual - link to the session. A similar Contribex session is also planned for KubeCon Europe 2021.
    • July 2020 in the community meeting. Links to updates are added to the SIG ContribEx README.


  • Are all listed SIG leaders (chairs, tech leads, and subproject owners) active?
    • No, there are several subproject owners that have become inactive and should be moved to emeritus status. An audit is planned for 2021.
  • How do you measure membership? By mailing list members, OWNERs, or something else?
    • Those that are actively engaged with meetings
  • How does the group measure reviewer and approver bandwidth? Do you need help in any area now? What are you doing about it?
    • We do not actively monitor reviewer/approver bandwidth in a formalized way. However, our relative PR velocity is in a good state. We could use more reviewers/approvers to help reduce risk and improve long-term sustainability.
  • Is there a healthy onboarding and growth path for contributors in your SIG? What are some activities that the group does to encourage this? What programs are you participating in to grow contributors throughout the contributor ladder?
    • We have lost many contributors over the past year. General calls for help did not attract many new contributors, but with some additional outreach and raising the problem areas in an easier to see way has attracted new folk.
    • We are actively applying the good-first-issue and help-wanted labels to issues and are closely mentoring new contributors who pick up these issues.
  • What programs do you participate in for new contributors?
    • We have previously participated with Outreachy and Season of Docs.
  • Does the group have contributors from multiple companies/affiliations? Can end users/companies contribute in some way that they currently are not?
    • Yes, we have multiple avenues for contributing for both code and non-code projects alike.

Current initiatives and project health

  • What are initiatives that should be highlighted, lauded, shout outs, that your group is proud of? Currently underway? What are some of the longer tail projects that your group is working on?

    • The contributor website (
    • Triage process improvements
    • The 2020 Contributor Celebration
    • Retired the Kubernetes-Incubator Org
    • In Progress: Migrating the default branch on GitHub from master to main
    • In Progress: Revamping the prow approval plugin to support granual approvals
  • Year to date KEP work:

  • What initiatives are you working on that aren't being tracked in KEPs?

    Subproject Initiative / Program
    Community Community Repo Stewardship
    Community Management Annual Contributor Survey
    Community Management Calendar Admin
    Community Management Chair and TL Meetings + Docs
    Community Management Discuss Admin
    Community Management Mailing List Admin
    Community Management Slack Admin
    Community Management Zoom / YouTube Admin
    Community Management Zoom / YouTube Automation (zapier)
    Contributor Documentation Contributor Guide Stewardship
    Contributor Documentation Contributor Site
    Contributor Documentation Developer Guide Audit
    Contributor Documentation Developer Guide Stewardship
    Contributor Documentation Season of Docs
    Contributors Comms Contributor / SIG Profiling
    Contributors Comms Stewardship of k8scontributors twitter
    Devstats Devstats Dashboard Update
    Events Monthly Community Meeting
    Events Office Hours
    GitHub Management GitHub Admin / Moderation
    GitHub Management GitHub Master -> Main rename
    GitHub Management GitHub New Membership Coordinator
    Mentoring 1:1 Hour
    Mentoring Google Summer of Code
    Mentoring Group Mentoring
    Mentoring LFX Mentor Program
    Mentoring Meet our Contributors
    Mentoring New Contributor Workshop
    Mentoring Outreachy
    Slack Infra slack-infra

    source: ContribEx Initatives and Prioritization spreadsheet

  • What areas and/or subprojects does the group need the most help with?

  • What metrics/community health stats does your group care about and/or measure?