Provide details about core team members and list them "core team" page in Gitlab, civicrm.org, CiviCRM Documentation
One of my first questions when joining the CiviCRM community was, "who is the core team? who are the actual people". Reading this page, it's still not mentioned see https://lab.civicrm.org/community/community-engagement#the-core-team
@josh may recall that our first few interactions where questions from me, "So who is core team?" I honestly wanted to know. It was a mystery and to be honest, to this day I still find it hard to articulate and if tested would surely fail.
This page has core team mentioned very briefly, https://civicrm.org/core-team
So I would like to propose that we identify who the core team members are: show their actual names, display their handles used on Mattermost, Github and GitLab. Include some background information about each person, their experience, their open source contributions, when they joined the project and their role in the core team. Including details of their residence, languages spoken, interests, current employer etc. and a profile picture would be really great!
Provide this information and making it easily accessible, eg. here in Gitlab, in the CiviCRM docs and on the civicrm.org website. Where possible, provide a link to the core team member page in their profile as a backlink - so people can look up who they are talking too or who has engaged in them with a discussion.
From what I can tell, currently in Github "core team" have a label/badge of "member" - which is a bit ambiguous. Does this mean "core team", "core team member" or is it some other meaning?
You could even include Patreon link for each core team member or Buy Me a Coffee, https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ or some other way of giving/thanking them directly.
I think this would be a positive change and make it easier for core team to be recognised, addressed appropriately in discussions/chat etc. and understood and acknowledged by the community for their contributions.
Core team should be / are proud of their work and I think the community would like to be able to recognise and show their appreciation.