Take ownership of Free Software as a cohesive whole
We have been mostly thinking on the lines of choosing among available options when it comes to Free Software be it distros, Desktop Environments or specific software. Only a small minority of Free Software users takes ownership of Free Software and considers contributing to Free Software or fixing problems or bugs. I think this was mostly fine when it comes to software that can be run entirely on our devices without needing any server components or did not involve convincing your friends. But situation has changed now and we need to now consider services running on servers and convincing our friends and family as a mandatory requirement to using Free Software powered services. I don't think expecting everyone will self host is practically possible due to the cost and maintenance burden. So community hosting and more contribution from everyone is essential for sustainable replacement for big tech. So we need to reorient our thinking and messaging to reflect this. We need to prioritize missing features and apps that our friends highlight and offer a buffer between users and developers. We can ask people to just write to us and then some of us can analyze it and file issues with upstream software where required. In case the developers are not responsive, we need to find other developers willing to work on it and organize crowd funding. Thoughts? Volunteers?
Publicize our support channels https://gitlab.com/fsci/fsci.gitlab.io/-/issues/16
Create list of high priority features
Actively seek volunteers for the services we run. Create documentation, to do list and step by step on boarding guide with links to relevant tutorials for each step.