Submitting your idea
- What is Ubuntu Brainstorm?
It is a place that let people brainstorm constructive ideas about Ubuntu, and evaluate each other. Popular ideas are then reviewed by Ubuntu developers, and may have an impact on the future of Ubuntu.
- How does it work?
An idea is the combinaison of a rationale (the raison d'être of the idea) and a solution (the proposed way to solve the problem). Users can either post brand new ideas, or propose solutions to existing idea rationales. Solutions can then be evaluated by everyone by voting for or against them, and the most popular ones get reviewed by Ubuntu developers.
- What is the "Idea sandbox" area?
This area contains all the ideas that were marked by moderators as not following the guidelines, plus the newly submitted ideas that are awaiting moderator approval before going to the "popular ideas" area.
- What is the "Popular ideas" area?
This area contains all the approved ideas submitted by users. In this area only can ideas be voted. The most popular ideas usually get some feedback from the developers.
- What is the "Ideas in development" area?
This area contains all the ideas that have been marked as being in development by developers and moderators. They can be browsed by target release.
- What is the "Implemented ideas" area?
This area contains all the ideas that have been marked as implemented by the developers and moderators. They can be browsed by target release.
- Who can participate?
Anyone can participate! Just register
, and you can start posting your ideas right away!
Submitting a solution to an existing idea
- What are the idea posting guidelines?
- Really an idea?
If your request concerns software that does not work correctly, incorrect translation, you should open a bug report. If your request is about a new package to be included in Ubuntu, you should use the new package requesting guide. Brainstorm is designed to vote and discuss ideas only.
- Avoid duplicates
You might often find that someone has had the same idea as you before. Before posting, use the search to check if your idea has already been submitted by someone else.
- Be precise
An idea should focus on one point only. Don't put a broad scope to your ideas or post multiple ideas at the same time. Ideas such as “Improve Ubuntu performance”, are too generic and obvious. A good example of a precise idea would be, “Add ability to queue torrents in Transmission”.
- Be clear and elaborate
A well explained and structured idea has more chance of attracting votes.
- Be respectful
Do not use ideas to denigrate/attack projects or people. Your idea may be deleted.
- I have a package request. Is Ubuntu Brainstorm the right place?
- I want to report something that is not working as expected. Is Ubuntu Brainstorm the right place?
What you are describing is a bug. Brainstorm is not
the right place. You should file a bug report on Launchpad
, the Ubuntu bug tracker.
- I submitted my idea, and it went into the "Idea sandbox" area. Why?
Newly submitted ideas will need moderator approvals before joining the "popular ideas" area. Indeed, our experience with the first 6 months of Ubuntu Brainstorm showed that often new ideas does not follow the basic posting guidelines
: lots of bugs and duplicates used to be submitted.
So basically, if your idea follow these guidelines, it will be accepted right away.
- How does the ideas in the Idea sandbox go to the "popular ideas" area?
A given number of moderator approvals is required. You can see the number of approval your idea got in the top right corner box.
- My idea dissapeared from the "Idea sandbox" area. How do I know where it went?
The simplest way is to go to the "your ideas" section of your dashboard, and to look at the new status of your idea. If the status is "new", then it reached the "popular ideas" area : you should see it in the latest popular ideas
- My idea was marked as "Not an idea". Why?
- My idea was marked as "Already implemented". Why?
It seems you are proposing something that have already been solved. It's then no use to post it on Ubuntu Brainstorm.
- My idea was marked as "Duplicate". Why?
Your idea has already been proposed by someone else! Your idea has thus been closed, and the votes have been reported to the other idea.
Voting for solutions
- Why would I do that?
You may have in mind a best way to solve a rationale submitted by another user. If so, don't hesitate to propose your solution!
- How do I do that?
On the idea page, use the "propose your solution" link.
- A solution I submitted dissapeared. What happened?
It is likely your solution was either a duplicate of another, in which case the votes should have been merged, or it was not relevant to the idea rationale.
Getting in touch with moderators
- How should I vote?
Keep in mind that you should vote in accordance to your opinion to the solution.
If you feel a solution is a good or bad way to solve the idea rationale, use the up or down arrows. But if you have a mixed feeling, or if you don't care about the problem the idea is trying to solve, just cast a blank vote by using the orange square.
- Can I change my vote?
Yes. Just click on the greyed voting images.
- Can I vote on all the solutions?
Yes, you are encouraged to do so.
- How do I see the vote distribution and count?
Yes. The bar above the voting arrows represent the vote distribution, and if you put your cursor on top of it, a tooltip with the number of votes will appear.
- How do I report already implemented ideas?
Go to the idea page, and just above the idea rationale, you should find links to report an idea as already implemented, but also in development. Please note that you need to be logged in.
- How do I report an offensive or irrelevant solution?
You shall find report links under solution title. Please note that you need to be logged in.
- How do I report an offensive or spam comment?
You shall find report links on the top right corner of comments. Please note that you need to be logged in.
- I want to contact moderators directly. Where do I go?
You shall find a page linked at the bottom of the page called "Contact the moderators"
, which will help you getting in touch with the moderators. More specifically, you will be able to contact them either by the mailing list located here
, or on IRC at #ubuntu-brainstorm on irc.freenode.net.
- I want to become an Ubuntu Brainstorm moderator! What are the steps?
Great! Ubuntu Brainstorm is always looking for new moderators. Please introduce yourself on the team mailing list
, and explain what makes you want to become a moderator. Include any previous moderation experience. Your application will then be reviewed.
- When do ideas get reviewed by developers?
The most popular ideas are regularly reviewed by developers, especially the month after a release, when it's time to plan the next features to be worked on the next 6 months. Reviews can include a developer comment in the idea page.
- Where do developers comment ideas?
The developer comments are shown in a brown box both in the idea lists and individual idea pages. Sometimes, when a developer comment is quite exhaustive, it is posted separately on the Ubuntu QA blog
- There are thousands of ideas, but only a very few implemented! Why so?
When developing a feature, we want to make sure it will be rock solid and work on all the different possible hardware and software configurations. Thus, the time required to develop a feature can be much longer than one can expect.
- I don't see lots of developer feedback! Are developer really reviewing ideas?
Yes. But keep in mind that the main activity of developer is ... developing! So while they keep an eye on Ubuntu Brainstorm, their main preoccupation will be to finish in time the job assigned to them for the next release. The period you are likely to find the most interactions of developers on Ubuntu Brainstorm is during the month after the release is out, on the feature planning period.
- I'm a project developer and I want to add my project and/or set custom categories. How do I do that?
No problem! Submit your request on the mailing list here
- I'm a project developer and I want to interact with my project's ideas. How do I do that?
You can ask to have moderator and developer permissions over your ideas (you will be able to change an idea status, to set a developer comment, ...) Please submit your request on the mailing list here
. Note that later on, it will be possible for you to manage people having rights over ideas concerning your project.
- I want to fetch data from Ubuntu Brainstom. How do I do that?
XML sources of all categories and projects are available. Just happen "/xml" on the project URL. For example, if you want to get the XML data of the Amarok ideas, fetch the XML from http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/amarok/xml