How to be a SUMO Locale Leader

Being a SUMO locale leader is a fun and rewarding task. You help coordinate with your community the work around SUMO, motivate contributors, review articles, onboard new localizers and help contributors grow. You don't have to do all of this - just translating and reviewing is already great - but building a healthy and fun community around you will help you get the work done faster and will bring you the joy of collaboration and perhaps new friends.

So, What do you need to know?

1. State of your locale

It's important that you know how your locale is doing. Your best friend in finding out quickly is the dashboard, where you see the localization coverage, the articles needing translation and review. You can find your dashboard from the "contributors tools" menu on the top, or you can visit our list of locales.

From the Dashboard you can find some very useful links on the left side:

  • Locale metrics: shows you the metrics over time, so that you can understand how your locale has been doing and how many contributors have been active historically.
  • Localization team: here you will see the team and each member's roles and activities. As a locale leader you will be able to grant contributors reviewer rights. This makes it very easy for you to spot newcomers and see who has been active in the past 90 days.
  • Recent revisions: here you will be able to see exactly what revisions have been made. You will be able to refine your search by username and date range.
  • Aggregated metrics: here you will be able to see how your locale is doing compared to others.

2. How SUMO works

  • You will find the general documentation for Localization here.
  • If you really want to understand everything around the KB, look here.
  • You can learn how to review localized articles here.
  • But if you just have a question our community can help you with, just ask on IRC or the L10n forum.

3. What is the goal at SUMO?

  • For big locales with a lot of traffic we focus on translation the Top 100 articles.
  • For smaller locales we focus on the Top 20 articles.
  • You are always welcome to translate as much as you want, but contact the community manager to understand which goal makes more sense in your locale.

4. How to build a community

Building a community is a great way to reach all your goals at SUMO and having a lot of fun while doing it. Some great friendships were born here, so you might end up having a lot of friends. Building a healthy community is an art that gets interpreted very differently by everyone. We'll give you some ideas and tools, you can use the ones that adapt the best to your style:

  • Friendliness: being friendly is one of the easiest and most effective ways to build a community and encourage people to help.
  • Creating onboarding materials: this will help you train new contributors more efficiently, because you won't need to explain everything to everyone. Creating a glossary and some best practices will help you.
  • Rewarding contributors: telling other contributors how great they are in private and public is a great way to motivate them and show appreciation. You can ask for swag from the SUMO team as well! Contact the community manager.
  • Organizing events: organizing events online or offline is a great way to get to know your community better and get an extra boost of motivation to achieve a goal. If you need help with this, ask the community manager, the l10n forum or a Rep in your locale.
  • Communicate: if you have regular communication channels like a mailing list, a forum thread, chat or video calls, you can rally your community around the goals.

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