Following free-mentoring-programme, and especially the following post:
I feel that it is already quite difficult for a new visitor to differentiate between Service Providers.
I think it will be even more difficult if we start adding the type of “free-mentoring-programme” service providers to the same page.
The reason why I am posting is that following Cedric’s recommendation I considered following Become a Service provider, but I think I do not have the necessary reputation/expertise to be listed in the same list as professionals, even if my description was something like “Technical user offering free mentoring.” I think this could lower the quality of the service providers page.
Here is an example of another person who could not decide: recommend-service-providers
Before I get further in this post I would like to point out that I am a new member of this community, so my opinion should have very light weight.
My experience/first visit to service providers page
First criteria: Location. I checked if there is a service provider in the country where I live/work.
If there would have been a provider I would get in contact almost indifferent of what their description would be. 1st criteria was location. This failed.
I checked to see if there was a company that was specialized in exactly what I wanted to do. Because I wanted to do something pretty basic (replace excel proformas and SugarCRM) I figured that all of the service providers could do it. So this criteria was not useful.
Highest Experience/Reputation. Because I want to learn I wanted to get in contact with the most experienced provider, which maybe is not the best because the most experienced is also most likely to be the most overworked.
Add a section in each service provider stating what they offer: ex. hosting, free mentorship, development, consulting (just some ideas)
Add a section, or clearly delimit a paragraph in the description stating what the company is specialized in. ex: agriculture, vet, e-commerce
The descriptions of most companies include many words like: experienced, specialists, focus on open source. I guess we already know that you offer services related to Tryton, that is why you are on the service provider page. Of course, in a different context they sound good, but it gets a little bit old reading 10 times the same words.
Implementation difficulty: Easy