I’ve been pondering about committer-related things a lot lately since elections are coming up for committer representatives on the board (it’s better than running a smear campaign of YouTube videos against Ed Merks ;P).
Since the new year has started, I’ve been trying to think of an issue that bothers me personally and colleagues of mine. A common complaint I see from peers and job-seekers is the difficulty in finding Eclipse-related jobs and finding Eclipse-related talent within the Eclipse ecosystem. Any searches using the major search engines seems to be overcome by the pestilence of JEE-related jobs out there. At Eclipse, we have an obscure eclipse.employment newsgroup that doesn’t get much traffic because I can only count the people on one hand who are in hiring positions that would think of using a newsgroup to post jobs.
What’s the solution? I’m not sure, but to start, I’d probably create something like an www.eclipse.org/jobs where people can be informed of the various resources to find Eclipse-related jobs. If we want to get fancy, maybe we can allow Eclipse members to post jobs that specifically target the Eclipse ecosystem. In the end, I would want the people who think “I want an Eclipse-related job” and “I need Eclipse talent” go to the same place for information.
To help remedy this issue and open it up for the discussion, I opened a bug. If this is a concern for you and you have any thoughts on how to make things better, please comment and voice your support.