More than a few, actually. As part of our ongoing focus on App Developers, and helping them get their apps into the Ubuntu Software Center, we need to keep the Application Review Board (ARB) staffed and vibrant. Now that the App Showdown contest is over, we need people to step up and fill the positions of those members who’s terms are ending. We also want to grow the community of app reviewers that work with the ARB to process all of the submissions that are coming in to the MyApps portal.
Two of the existing members, Bhavani Shankar and Andrew Mitchell, will be continuing to serve on the board, and Alessio Treglia will be joining them. But we still need four more members in order to fill the full 7 seats on the board. ARB applicants must be Ubuntu Members, Ubuntu Developers, and should create a wiki page for their application.
ARB members help application developers get their apps into Software Center by reviewing their package, providing support and feedback where needed, and finally voting to approve the app’s publication. You should be able to dedicate a few hours each week to reviewing apps in the queue, and discussing them on IRC and the ARB’s mailing list.
If you would like to apply, you can contact the current ARB members on #ubuntu-arb on Freenode IRC, or the team mailing list (app-review-board at lists.ubuntu.com). The current term will expire at the end of the month, so be sure to get your applications in as soon as you can.
In addition to the 7 members of the ARB itself, we are building a community of volunteers to help review submitted packages, and work with the author to make the necessary changes. There are no limits or restrictions on members of this community, though a rough knowledge of packaging will surely help. This group doesn’t vote on applications, but they are essential to helping get those applications ready for a vote.
The ARB helpers community was launched in response to the overwhelming number of submissions that came in during the App Showdown competition. Daniel Holbach put together a guide for new contributors to help them get started reviewing apps, and you can still follow those same steps if you would like to help out.
Again, if you would like to get involved with this community, you should join #ubuntu-arb on Freenode IRC, or contact the mailing list (app-review-board at lists.ubuntu.com).