I’ve attended spot’s barcamp session on the new applications the infrastructure team is working on. Some remarks:
Gamification is a very interesting idea for a community based project. The new tagger page is making use of these concepts, so the more tags people tag, the more badges they earn. We even might have a “Fedora Contributor Network”, where we’ll have ranking boards for Fedora based on their accomplishments. Well done, guys!
Software centers, App Markets or whatever
The concept of a place that is a one stop shop for your software needs is not a new idea, and definitely organizations have been building successful models around it. I for one would like to see such a software center in Fedora.
Spot argues that it is a successful model for people looking for earning money out of it, but I beg to differ: In Fedora, we are interested in a subset of these goals: we want people to browse the available apps in our repos , and install that software with the least hassle possible (ideally with 1 click), with great search capabilities, and possibly reviews and other cool things around it.
Anyway, I understand why the team didn’t come after this model in the first pass. I’d like to see things going on this direction, although such an undertaking is huge work, and brings obvious concerns over scalability and maintainability. Still, good to think about it…
 We don’t even have to introduce the concept of ‘repos’ to people, making things easy to grasp to less-technically inclined people.