Please mention the expert by name in the relevant Slack channel (e.g. in #frontend if it's a frontend question) with the following template. If you are unsure of the correct channel, you can ping the experts in the #questions channel.
For product related questions, consider if the mention requires a response from the Product Manager. Consider pinging engineering managers or technical writers instead.
Utilize the customer success team in the #cs-questions Slack channel for questions about using GitLab and best practices.
For expert responses on blog posts, first check if the blog author is a GitLab team member, and reach out to them directly. If the blog author is not a GitLab team member, the content team may be able to help connect you over email.
If you are working on a mention that requires an expert from a particular devops stage, you can find them in the Slack channels named #s_<devopstage> (e.g. #s_plan, #s_verify, etc.).
Expert Involvement Template
@expert_username [LINK TO COMMUNITY COMMENT]
Hello! I need support from an expert to respond to this. Can you please answer on [name of social platform] using your personal account? Even if you are in a rush, remember - your direct response is a better experience for you and the requestor! If you don't know the answer, could you share your thoughts and ping a specific expert who might? We're trying to make sure every comment gets a response. Thank you! https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/marketing/community-relations/community-advocacy/#can-you-please-respond-to-this
After reaching out to experts via slack, add the Slack outreach link as an internal note and submit Zendesk ticket as 'Open'.
Consider responding yourself via the @gitlab handle through Zendesk with as much information as you currently have while you're waiting for the expert. This will enable us to engage with the user faster and assure them that our team will get back to them with more details soon.
Apply the 'Expert Responded' macro to the Zendesk Ticket to automatically solve the ticket.
If there is no Zendesk ticket related to the mention (e.g. a HackerNews mention) track it in the #community-relations Slack channel.
The template above has the keyword phrase 'support from an expert' for ease of searching in Slack.
Search slack using keyword phrase 'support from an expert' to track total number of times advocates reached out to experts
Tickets are solved with the expert-responded macro and tag.
In Zendesk, navigate to the Reporting -> Insights section. Make sure that all ticket groups are selected. Scroll down to the sections titled 'Tags with rising usage'.
Hover over the top of this graph with your curser in the middle of the graph and click on the small triangle that appears.
Click View This Report
Click Filters and then click Add Filters
Choose the filter option Select form a List of Values (including date ranges)
Scroll through the filter options to find the section called Date (Ticket Created) and choose the first option with the same name. Then, click Select
Now, you'll see two options to filter the data. Choose the option on the right side of the page in the blue blox that reads Click to Select Floating Range
Choose the range option. Make sure both elements in the range are set to days ago
Toggle these days to cover one calendar month. Then, click apply
Finding the Data: If the tag was used less during the month in question than the month before, the data will populate in the Delta Last 30 Days column, and appear as a negative number. If the tag was used more during the month in question than the month before, the data will populate in the Last 30 Days column, and appear as a positive number.