Monthly Archives: February 2011

How to support 400 million users with 4 people

Last weeks FOSDEM was my 7th FOSDEM in a row and my first as part of the SUMO team. And since it’s my favorite tech conference, I wanted to share some of my experiences at Mozilla with my fellow FOSDEM visitors.

We have around 400 million Firefox users by now, that means that offering traditional support to them is completely impossible, especially since the support team has only 5 employees. But we still want happy users, and the only way that works is when users help other users. So, after evaluating the situation, we spent most of last year designing the best possible tools for our community. Because we are facing the same challenges most free software projects will face, I wanted to share our assessment and our solutions with the broader free software community, and since I needed a catchy title, it’s called “How to support 400 Million users with 4 employees.”

Instead of boring you with the slides, that don’t makes any sense on their own, I tried a little experiment. I recorded the whole presentation with my voice on it and exported it as a video. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but hopefully still useful. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.