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From "Pierre Smits (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (DIR-311) Improvement to How to Contribute page
Date Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:32:34 GMT
Pierre Smits created DIR-311:

             Summary: Improvement to How to Contribute page
                 Key: DIR-311
             Project: Directory
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Pierre Smits
            Assignee: Emmanuel Lecharny

For some time now I have been pondering about how the 'How to contribute' page (see here:  can be improved to make it more appealing to
attract more contributors. 

So I have come up with the following (excluding some of the appropriate visual formatting
for now):

*Join the Apache Directory Community*

First of all, a big *thank you* from us for evaluating and/or using our products. We truly
appreciate it. Our products exist, and continue to improve thanks to you. But you can help
us and yourself more! 

As we are a community of volunteers working with the guidelines and policies of the Apache
Software Foundation (the Apache Way) in mind, we welcome any kind of input you can provide
to get better products. These contributions, whether you think of reporting bugs, supplying
code enhancements, improvements to our documentation, answering questions in our mailing lists
or anywhere else are valuable to us. Because these will help us in helping you.

You can also consider *donating* in other ways to the Apache Software Foundation. Look for
more information on that subject at this page [url to donate page:].

So, you consider *contributing* to our project. But how do you go about achieving this?

Well, it is as easy as pie. The first thing you’ll need to do is *subscribe* to one of our
mailing lists (see the overview below) and you’re set to go to deliver your first contribution:
a posting there, about how great our products are, what you found missing, or even the bug
you got confronted with. You might even consider a more interactive approach and join the
team on our IRC channel.

After you have had your first contribution over and done with, it stays *easy*. You can immediately:
* reply to questions, and/or share your viewpoint on how issues could get resolved
* add to our FAQ or WIKI
* share your code and documentation patches through our issue management solution (JIRA)
* evaluate bugs and proposed improvements provided by others within our team
- help with outlining and evaluating the future direction of our project and the development
iterations of our products.

To make it more explicit, we are looking for:
* Source code (bugs and improvements) contributions
* Documentation assistance
* Product and feature suggestions
* Detailed and/or constructive feedback
* Articles (case studies, white papers, etc) and presentations (speeches) about how our products
helped you.

But the list is not limited to the above! If you feel we missed something there, please *let
us know*.

The overview of our mailing lists
* The Directory Developers List 	Subscribe 	Unsubscribe 	Post 	mail—
* The Directory Users List 	Subscribe 	Unsubscribe 	Post
* The Directory Commits List 	Subscribe 	Unsubscribe 	—
* The LDAP API List 	Subscribe 	Unsubscribe 	Post
- The Fortress List 	Subscribe 	Unsubscribe 	Post

Our IRC channels on free are:
* #apache-directory
* #apache-directory-dev
- #apache-fortress

Again, we thank you and look forward to seeing your first contribution.

The Apache Directory Community

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