On Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 2:08 AM, Cory Hilliard <coryhilliard@gmail.com> wrote:
Hello there,

I think this group is exactly what I've been looking for.  I've been a computer admin/web programmer for many years.  Around 2003 I became interested and started using Linux.  Through all that I fell in love with Open Source and Linux and am now half-way finished a 3 year CS program.  I did this because I want my whole future to be wrapped up in contributing to Linux and Open Source.  (Specifically Fedora).

Hi Cory! Welcome to the Fedora Project!

There never seemed to be a visible entry door for people like me.  You all seemed like a tight-knit group of "geeks" that had a secret knock or passageway to get in... and unless you knew them, you weren't invited.

Entry is almost overwhelming.  I don't know anything it seems.  I've wanted to learn how to write an RPM, how to contribute, how to test... but the methods to do so are so confusing and so obscure, unless someone either explains it or you read a manual that is thicker than a New York phone book, you'll never know how.

I read the irc chat you guys had.  If you want an understanding from the viewpoint of an outsider.  Please ask me.  I'll tell you how huge the castle wall looks like.

I can totally understand. I'm very glad you've appeared on the mailing list. I'm not sure if I should ask a newcomer about ways to improve his experience, but I have a quick question for you: would you rather ask for a less intensive join procedure (less forms to fill, less groups to join, just a take-me-to-where-I-do-stuff) or would you rather ask for a guided approach where someone tells you the stuff (ok, go to this page and fill out these points, next fill out this form introducing yourself)?

It's probably a difficult question to answer, but what was the first thing you tried to do when you decided you want to contribute to Fedora? What were your first hurdles? How did you reach here?

I'm hoping to devote some time this summer trying to work out an easier way for folk to involve with Fedora, I think your answers will come handy!

Thanks, hope to hear from you and help you onboard!