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From "Pierre Smits (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (DIR-311) Improvement to How to Contribute page
Date Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:57:35 GMT


Pierre Smits commented on DIR-311:

Committed to staging with revision 1639263

> Improvement to How to Contribute page
> -------------------------------------
>                 Key: DIR-311
>                 URL:
>             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
> * 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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