It's no secret that open source projects depend heavily on their communities to help organically grow adoption. A big part of that is "support", and while there are options for paid enterprise-level support from the NativeScript team, scaling free community support is critical for nurturing a healthy ecosystem.
NativeScript community support started with our Slack channel. And Slack has been great! We have over 4,600 developers on our various channels. But Slack conversations can get lost in the shuffle, which is why we introduced the NativeScript Forum (running on the Discourse platform) some time ago.
We are incredibly appreciative of our community members who step up to answer questions on the forum. So, to thank those of you who put your valuable time into responding to queries, solving problems, or even finding other resources to help, we'd like to reward you.
Today I'm happy to announce NativeScript Forum Rewards! 🎁 🎉
On or about the first of every month, we will offer gifts to the top three individuals who have received the most "likes" (represented by a 💗 in forum posts) in the previous month. Likewise, we will offer premium NativeScript swag every quarter (i.e. January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, October 1st) for the person who received the most "likes" in the previous quarter.
To be as accurate as possible, this system relies on all of us to make sure we are handing out likes when someone has helped answer a question!
Glad you asked! The monthly rewards will be:
Gift cards will likely be a choice of Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Google, or Starbucks.
The quarterly reward will be a choice of premium NativeScript swag. This is way better than what we hand out at conferences 😀. For example, our premium NativeScript jacket!
Note: In the event that international shipping is untenable, we reserve the right to deliver an electronic gift card in lieu of physical merchandise.
Of course, gifts will only be available for non-Progress employees. Sorry to the active Progress forum crew of Peter, Jen, TJ, and Sebastian ☹️.
And yes, in the event of a tie in any given month/quarter, we will happily give out multiple prizes!
You'll be able to follow along (mostly) using the reports provided by Discourse:
I say "mostly" because Discourse always shows the last month/quarter from today's date, not the last calendar month/quarter.
Next week! As of November 1st, 2017 we will start tracking likes and will send out monthly gifts on December 1st. We will also maintain a sticky forum post with information about the program (along with a list of the previous winners).
THANK YOU to everyone who has helped make NativeScript a successful open source project and please continue to help out others on the NativeScript Forum 🤗.