First Steps for Contributors

I’ve been talking to the Community group about creating a set of “first steps” documents specifically for use at Contributor Days. The context for this is that we’re organising a UK-wide contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. in March and we can’t have representatives from all of the groups at each and every meetups. We thought it would be helpful to get “first steps” documents together and then they’d be useful for every Contributor Day.

I’m looking for one or two volunteers to help out with this. The process will be as follows:

1. I’ll interview a rep from each of the Contributor Groups to get the info that we need
2. Myself and any volunteers will divide up the interviews and turn them into short documents to be hosted on

I’d like the documents to be something that people can read in a few minutes. If they include information on getting set up, the setup process should take less than an hour. Ideally we want to get people contributing as quickly as possible, not faffing around reading a tonne of stuff.

The docs will cover things like:

  • the tasks carried out by the group
  • What does the contributor need to know before getting involved?
  • What are the first steps?
  • Are there any tools or essential reading?
  • What are some easy tasks that a new contributor can do to get started?

It should be a fairly easy and achievable task. The UK Contributor Day is 1st March so I’d like to have these ready about two weeks before the event (earlier if possible).

Anyone interested in helping out?