Sun 25 Nov 2012 1:33PM

Ruby user groups

RS- Robin Stent - Outreach Public Seen by 50

I sent an email this week to my local Ruby User Group's mailing list asking for volunteers to help with D development, and got a developer out of it. I'd encourage others to do the same. You can find your local group at this site:

Here's the text of the email I sent in case its helpful to others:

Hello Bristol Ruby hackers,

I'm working with the core team on the Diaspora project to try and get more developers involved so we can speed things up a bit

I'm not a programmer (apart from a bit of dabbling in PHP) but I think its a great project and really worth getting behind, and I become more and more keen on it the more annoying facebook gets

Would any of you be interested in getting involved? You don't have to commit much time, there are a few small improvements that you could work on if you wanted to get involved.

Let me know what you think.




Jason Robinson Sun 25 Nov 2012 2:23PM

Great stuff Robin - really encouraging and we should definitely try to get the word to local Ruby communities - suggest everyone takes an action point if there is a local group! I'm going to be in contact with the Helsinki group definitely.


goob Sun 25 Nov 2012 5:44PM

Good work. That's a really good idea. Will see what is available in my area.


Sean Tilley Sun 25 Nov 2012 8:27PM

I'll check to see if there's anything out of Peoria. :)


Flaburgan Tue 27 Nov 2012 8:36AM

Here is the one I wrote on ruby-talk@ruby-lang.org

*Hi everyone,

I thank this mailing list was for french people, but although it is not the case, my message can interest you.

I am a student in engineering school and i contribute to the Mozilla and the Diaspora project. I subscribed on this list to talk to you about Diaspora, a social network free, decentralized and aware of privacy. Since August, it is the community who drive the project. A lot of work is done, but there is not enough contributor. This is the purpose of my message.

Diaspora is developed using Ruby, Ruby on Rails, and Backbone.js. I would like to know if some of you would be interested to be involved. If you are a teacher, this could be a very good subject for your students. Fix a bug is a really great experience : they will learn how a FOSS project work, how to use git and github, how write and run tests... Or you could want to add some social interactions in your company and integrate a Diaspora server can be a good idea.

You got it, we are looking for contributors for this exciting project. If you want to have details, don't hesitate to answer to this email, or look at the code at github.

Have a good day !

Antoine / Flaburgan*


Flaburgan Tue 27 Nov 2012 4:10PM

I am really proud to say that only few hours after this message, I already have two positives answers : Yasin and Imran Nazir.

I redirect them to podupti.me to choose a pod, to the wiki and to github to understand how Diaspora works.


Jason Robinson Tue 27 Nov 2012 7:01PM

Great @flaburgan ! Hope to see some pulls from them soon ;)

Also a good idea to invite them here if you have their emails!


Robin Stent - Outreach Fri 11 Jan 2013 8:33AM

Has anyone else tried contacting their local ruby group?


Sean Tilley Fri 11 Jan 2013 7:17PM

Unfortunately, there don't seem to be any directly in my vicinity. I might try and outreach to any Chicago-based ones soon.


Jason Robinson Sun 13 Jan 2013 7:41PM

The Helsinki Ruby Brigade is having a meeting this month - I'm trying to gather courage to go there :D Maybe I could do a short presentation at some point to them.


Sean Tilley Sun 13 Jan 2013 9:11PM

Jason, that'd be awesome! Go for it! :)


Flaburgan Mon 14 Jan 2013 10:40AM

I find some people but they didn't do anything..