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It has been so long since I went to my last Fedora conference that to be honest, I was overwhelm. Having so many friends around who actually understand my love for open source and communities, was something that I needed. After 4 countries, I finally arrived to this lovely city that mesmerize me in every way. Budapest has become my favorite city in the world and I will take with me all my life everything that happened during FLOCK… I can literally say that my life changed here. I will try to make a resume of what happened at Flock, so please fetch yourself a drink and lets start.

Diversity and Inclusion: Expanding the concept and reaching ALL the community.

Timing not always seems perfect, but sometimes things work just as they should at the end. When I was named Diversity & Inclusion Advisory I didn’t knew that life would get in the middle and would ended up actually helping people after a bit more than 3 years. I’m glad I was able to catch up with this team who has been doing a fantastic job. I’ve been contributing with amazing people for years, and finally meeting my team, Amita, Justin, Jona and Bee, was like a dream come true.

Probably the best from FLOCK was to being able to record several members from our community who kindly accepted to say their names, the places where they come from and the language they speak, and create a small video showing how Diverse and Inclusive Fedora is. Produce a short 2min video in such a chaotic schedule is challenging enough, so after 3 hours of recording, and a rough 2:30hs of editing, I ended up finishing the render of the video just as I was plugin my laptop to the main stage… People usually don’t know how long it takes to do something like that, but I’m just glad everyone seemed to like it and that my laptop didn’t died in the process.

While working on the video, I was able to have small interviews with several folks from Fedora and got to ask them how comfortable they felt in the community. It was satisfactory to learn from them that the overall care we have take to make minorities feel more included has worked, however, it was a bit sad to learn how hard has been for our contributors to deal with burn out, how tired they are of putting fires out instead doing new projects and mainly getting a general sense of getting stuck into the same routine.

As our team says, our labor is not only to help with the diversity efforts for making everyone feel comfortable, but we also need to work more to include more effective ways to give people a sense of purpose, provide new challenges that put them on a fun path and give them the recognition they deserve. Fedora has always put a lot of effort into bringing new people to contribute, but I’ve seen that the old contributors are getting on a side because “everything is working” and we need to take care of that. They need the same attention (and I would dare to say that probably more) than new contributors do. At the end, is this amazing group of people who has to mentor new contributors. Feel free to reach me or any member of the Diversity and Inclusion Team if you feel that this words got your attention and you’re willing to share some thoughts. Anonymity is a top priority.

Marketing: You won't sell what you don't show.

I like to think that conferences like this have 3 parts: Friends, Knowledge and Memories. Meeting your old friends face to face or making new friends is what motivate us to enjoy this conferences. Knowledge is spread and connections between people from same and different projects are made allowing new ideas to flow… but Memories are what keep people motivated and active during the months or years before meeting again. In a world full of cameras and social networks, we sometimes forget that best moments are captured while people is concentrated in the first two items. If you want to get the real face of conferences you need to document it while people is not seeing, when people is making friends and sharing knowledge.

It was quite satisfactory to see the reaction of people at the Helia Conference Room once they saw the Flock resume video. Being able to show them how fun the last 4 days were, was a key point to conclude a fantastic experience. Filling the Social Networks with good quality pictures increased the attention into our community, and more people was willing to share their content so everyone could see the things we were doing. Having quality content is key to spread what we do. Having quality writers and proper localization will help us reach more fantastic people that will help us grow.

Lets never forget the importance of Memories. At the end, these are the ones we can look back and the best way to remind us why we contribute in projects like this. It’s not just the contributions we make, but also the connections we make.

Design: If it's not broken... build it from the scratch!

Who doesn’t like a bit of a challenge? After the “Survey no-Survey” (lets call it -interviews- so we don’t get into Legal) I did notice that there are several services that are working, but could be better. Meeting riecatnor and Tanvi was one of the highlights of FLOCK. Design team has always been a small group, but numbers aren’t exactly growing. Marie’s badges workshop ended up being a fantastic opportunity not just to check and close tickets, but brought a great discussion about how Badges are being used and where should we aim to. Having Renata there to conduct a small usability test with new and old contributors, help us identify some things that could be done better at Badges. We have no idea right now about the specifics, but I think great things will come for the Badges platform. Having friends at different team is probably what makes this community the best… so when pingou heard that we might do some changes to Badges, he and Xavier jumped in… we don’t even have a design or anything for it… but that’s when you realize that “is more fun (and productive) to build from the scratch instead just fixing old bugs”.

I’m trying to figure out if a badges simplification, both as in quantity and quality would be good for the overall behavior of the website, and probably going from pngs to svg’s and having a badge reduction could also make us have a faster website… so If you’re interested on helping us explore this ideas, come to the Badges channel (both irc and freenode) or just ping me wherever you see me.

Serious stuff goes here: Catching up with the new Fedora structure.

I used to knew the Fedora structure like the palm of my hand, but again timing isn’t perfect, and Fedora changed EVERYTHING as soon as I went into my maternity leave… I won’t lie that even if things look better on an organizational level, it has been harder than ever to get around how things work now. One of the hardest things I’ve always seen at Fedora resources is that we are so energetic into explaining how our process work, that we end up with more web pages explaining the same thing than we should. I hope someday this changes and it seems that we are on that path, but there’s still a lot of work to do there.

I wasn’t able to attend the Mindshare meeting since it collided with D&I, however, thx to telegram and an angel who helped me have a voice there, I was able to drop a couple of comments and get some answers. Time to divide the final part into sections:

– LATAM: It was really disappointing to learn that FUDcons stopped while I was on my break. Conferences like this are not just a fantastic opportunity to get things done faster since everyone is at the same place, but also a reward to the effort that our contributors put during a long year into having the community working smoothly. Latin America is a complex region due distances and that’s a fact, but it seemed a decision with no solid -communitary- arguments to just stop. LATAM people is worth the effort, and we will work on making them feel more included. Our diversity is awesome, recognition is needed but also guidance into taking the community to a level where we all feel like doing more.

– Burn out: Most of us who join a community do it for the challenge of doing new things and meeting new people who understands the geeky world we live in. But when you have to do the same thing for a couple of years (or even a decade), getting stuck into repetitive tasks tends to get you exhausted. I thought I was alone on that path, but seems that not. We did empathize on working towards helping our contributors into get new challenges that put them on that creative and joyful path once again, so a refreshment allows them to cope with the routine of supporting a community like Fedora. No easy task, but we can all make a good impact if we look to our sides and try to encourage our fellas.

Final thoughts

If you got here, thank you. Has been a long time since I had the opportunity to see my old friends, catch up with a community I love and learn everything that happened while I was afk being a mom. Sometimes I get the feeling that I’m jumping into things that might be done or already discussed, but if there’s something I’ve learn in so many years, is that new energy (even from old contributors), can shake things enough to make actual improvements.

NOTE: If you see yourself in a picture and want me to remove it or if you want to get a photo I took from you, just send me a message :)


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A couple of friends were curious about how I did my ghost picture for my recent project. Just in case you have no idea what I’m talking, I started a small photo-project to explore light and shadows and as usual, tell stories… long time I didn’t do it, right?

I tried to record it 2 times with Gnome’s desktop recorder but kept failing (I was an avid user of recordmydesktop), so finally on my 3rd attempt I used SimpleScreenRecorder which ended up being super easy to use, and not lagy at all. Since I got the recording on the 3rd time, this is not the picture I posted (probably better after so much damn practice, but who cares), so if you see differences between both, now you know the reason.

Here’s the TimeLapse video of the edit because I doubt you want to see 39mins of me cleaning sky and fabrics with a mouse, however, since I know people might get bored, below the video you will find a list of some of the parameters I used for the full edit.

After selecting the images that would help me archive the final output I started the editing. I used darktable for the pre-processing and get the main black/white images. For most images I used pretty much the same modules (a few adjusts here and there to exposure since was working with 100% natural light):

  • Monochrome Module: Just because I like to have a base sample of the monochrome version.
  • Filmic
    • Middle Gray Luminance: 9.13%
    • White Relative Exposure: 2.81 EV
    • Black Relative Exposure: -7.98 EV
    • Contrast: 1.574
    • Shadows & Highlights: 2.25%
  • Equalizer (Check Video)
  • And a bit of Highpass to help my old camera (Check Video)

Once that was done, copied the style to the rest of the pics and ended up with several images to play.

It’s mostly play with each image until you get the result you want. The GIMP process is hard to explain through steps, but there are a couple of tricks that I think are important to follow while doing this kind of edits:

  • Work with mask layers… If you use just the eraser, you will end up deleting things that you might need later. So use masks, own them… love them…
  • When come to fabric borders, use the curve and fine tune them easily.
  • Merging fabric isn’t easy and takes time. There’s no magic formula.

So for the editing part you will definitely will have to check the video and enjoy the 39min -to- 5min cut :)


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Yo era una ávida usuaria de los módulos de Enfoque y reducción de Ruido raw antes del LGM, pero los chicos fueron lo suficientemente amables para enseñarme otra forma de obtener mi enfoque, y como tiendo a olvidar las cosas, acá les dejo mis notas.

Módulo de enfoque

Tal como su nombre lo indica, esta es quizás la forma más fácil de agregar extra definición a tus imágenes al mejorar el contraste de los bordes. No es el módulo mas poderoso ya que cuando quieres incrementar mucho los valores para obtener una mejor definición, trae consigo una cantidad enorme de ruido que luego tienes que tratar con módulos adicionales. Cada imagen necesita un juego de parámetros distintos, pero me he sentido bastante cómoda con los siguientes valores:

Radio: 3.2
Cantidad: 1.1

Dependiendo de la cantidad de detalle (o ruido) que obtenga en la imagen final, me gusta agregar un 10 al umbral o algo cercano si es necesario, o ir directo con el módulo de Reducción de ruido RAW con valores pequeños cercanos al 0.003.

Módulo Ecualizador:

Acá viene el truco. Trabajo solo en luma para obtener el resultado que quiero, el cual es incrementar la definición de los bordes, obtener un poco de reducción de ruido (solo un poco porque los ajustes son muy fuertes para trabajarlos en el Ecualizador) y agregar un pequeño efecto de quemado en ciertas areas (trabajo mayormente con retratos).

Para obtener el enfoque incremento la curva en el lado fino (derecho) unos dos niveles.
Para la reducción de ruido incremento el marcador inferior del mismo lado fino. Casi no se ve, pero ahí está… no lo suban mucho.
Para el efecto de quemado (bajar la claridad) bajo medio nivel el segundo marcador en el lado grueso (izquierdo)

Puedes ver un mejor resultado en el enfoque, y un bonito efecto de quemado sobre el borde del hombro y la sombra de la clavícula.

Paso alto:

Este es quizás tan fácil como el módulo de enfoque, pero con algunas diferencias y un poco más de control. Es mucho mas definido y es mas fácil predecir el resultado final al ver la definición de bordes y ajustar el radio de desenfoque, o intensidad. Recuerda que luego de aplicar tus parámetros, debes aplicar el modo de mezcla a Luz suave para poder ver el resultado final y no solo la mascara con la salida de los bordes. En mi caso particular, me siento cómoda trabajando con estos números cuando se trata de piel:

enfoque: 25%
mejora del contraste: 35%
opacidad de la máscara: 80%

Mi flujo de trabajo personal para trabajar con piel ahora incluye trabajar tanto con el módulo ecualizador como con el módulo de paso alto, (si, me olvidé por completo del módulo de enfoque), pero cuando se trata de rostros, me gusta aplicar algunas máscaras parametricas al módulo de paso alto para definir distintos niveles de enfoque en la piel (los rostros son mas difíciles)

Acá esta el resultado final utilizando mi combo personal (ecualizador + paso alto). Espero que les resulte tan útil como a mi :)


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No puedo expresar la alegría de tener un equipo de personas tan maravillosas, quienes a pesar de las 12h de diferencia, han logrado mantenerme informada sobre todo lo que sucede al rededor de nuestro trabajo de Diversidad en Fedora durante el Flock. Interminables logs de IRC y Telegram han hecho esto posible. Así que acá está mi lista de pensamientos, tareas e ideas sobre las coas logradas en el Flock de Polonia.

Primeros Pasos

Buzón de Diversidad

Estoy bastante impactada con la gran cantidad de casos que mi equipo de Diversidad ha obtenido durante el Flock. Tenemos personas que, a pesar de ser fantásticas para el proyecto, necesitan un poco de guía sobre como tratar a sus compañeros con mas respeto. Es hora de educar a las personas sobre como mantener un ambiente mas amigable y acogedor, sin tantas criticas a las personas nuevas, o a aquellas personas que simplemente no tienen tanto tiempo para colaborar.

Luego de realizar una encuesta personal, más del 80% de las personas que tienen dificultades encontrando un ambiente armónico en Fedora no quieren hablar en voz alta, ni quieren decir sus nombres, y casi 2/3 de ellos ni siquiera quieren reportar el caso ya que piensan que no son relevantes. SI SON RELEVANTES.

A principios de año se comentó la idea de que necesitamos un Buzón de Diversidad lo cual me reforzó Amita luego de conversar con los amigos en el Flock, para que las personas se sientan con la confianza suficiente de conversar con nosotros sin tener que poner sus nombres públicamente. Tenemos casos en otras comunidades donde por el simple hecho de hablar en voz alta han sufrido mucho mas, y transformar un problema pequeño en grande no es nuestra meta.

Este buzón debería ser capaz de registrar información personal o permitir entradas anónimas, así como adjuntar registros o pruebas del problema, para que podamos estudiarlo y buscar la mejor solución. Puedes ayudarnos? por favor, contácteme ASAP para que podamos sacar este buzón!

Programas de Inclusión

Tuvimos un excelente programa inicial con el FWD organizado el mes pasado, y a pesar de que comenzamos pequeño, lo hicimos con mucha energía. Fui parte de una jornada de Diseño online en Perú y me uní a los esfuerzos locales de las reuniones de WordPress en mi ciudad, Amita organizó un excelente FWD en India, Jona hizo un fantástico trabajo con su grupo de chicas en Albania y Christos se nos unió con un excelente panel en el FWD de Grecia. La asistencia fue fantástica, mejor de lo esperado!

Mientras mas comencemos a aprender sobre los colaboradores, podremos crear mejores programas para ayudar a cada grupo de minoría. FWD demostró ser una excelente iniciativa pero queremos mas, y para eso necesitamos el elemento mas importante, colaboradores. A pesar de que hagamos nuestro mejor esfuerzo en conocer cada minoría, aquellos que las experimentan de primera mano son quienes nos ayudarán a aprender a comprender mejor a cada colaborador de forma particular en nuestro proyecto. Nuestra idea es no solo tener reuniones anuales, pero también tener tantas reuniones en línea como sea posible para que nuestras barreras desaparezcan. Te interesa organizar alguna de estas reuniones?

Nuestra meta es organizar al menos una reunion mensual donde no solo podamos construir una mejor comunidad Fedora, pero también expandir los conocimientos que tenemos sobre cada miembro de nuestra comunidad.

Próximos Pasos

Encuesta de Diversidad

Una de las primeras ideas que tuvimos para el team de Diversidad fue la (no tan famosa) encuesta, que nos ayudaría a comprender mejor como esta construida nuestra comunidad. A pesar de que tenemos infinidad de nombres en nuestra FAS, conocemos muy poco sobre nuestros colaboradores. Es imperativo seguir presionando para que esta idea se convierta en realidad.

Puedes ver el estado actual de nuestra encuesta revisando al final de los registros de nuestras reuniones de Diversidad en Polonia en este pad.

Reportes Anuales

Cada año tenemos estadísticas sobre cuantos tickets fueron resueltos, cuantos nuevos embajadores tenemos y cuantas badges fueron otorgadas, pero necesitamos estadísticas sobre nuestros esfuerzos de diversidad e inclusión.

Con reportes anuales que nos ayuden a comparar y aprender, podremos ver si nuestros esfuerzos están generando una comunidad mas acogedora, y nos está ayudando a combatir el bullying y el acoso, permitiéndonos mejorar.

Qué sigue?

Queremos escuchar tus ideas! No seas penos@!

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