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Volunteers needed: Help maintain our webmail page

by Dana Morgenstein Contributions Published on Sep 18, 2020 11:41 AM

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) needs your help! We are looking for several reliable volunteers to keep our Free Software Webmail Systems page up to date, and respond to community questions about webmail programs as they come in. Between 1,000 and 2,000 visitors check out this resource every month, and we want to make sure our recommendations are accurate! If you're interested, please contact us at

Our Free Software Webmail Systems page is used to share resources for people interested in using their email over the Web without compromising their freedom. Many webmail systems meet at least some of our standards for respecting users, including compliance with GNU LibreJS standards, but they're constantly changing, and new services are popping up every day. When sites listed on this page change their services for the better or the worse, they don't tend to notify us, which means that some vigilance is required to make sure that this resource stays useful.

Volunteers need to be:

  • Doggedly persistent
  • Detail driven
  • Patient

You will need to utilize the following skills, or be willing to learn:

  • Using a Mozilla-based browser with the LibreJS plugin
  • Email terminology
  • Editing HTML

At the moment, we have a backlog of requests from community members asking us to vet assorted services or changes to the Free Software Webmail Systems page. We need volunteers to work through that backlog. Once all requests are cleared up, we will need our volunteers to do regular maintenance, to make sure the page is current. We'll also need volunteers to field queries from free software supporters, who often submit questions and suggestions for webmail programs to use. To research, you'll need to visit Web sites, sign up and use mail programs, make notes on successes or failures, and make a call on whether the criteria for free software have been met. You then submit a markup text of needed edits to the FSF campaigns team, who will make those edits on the FSF Web site. Volunteers can also make suggestions to help improve the appearance of the page and the criteria used to determine which sites are listed.

Helping us keep this valuable resource up to date will only require occasional effort, but will net tremendous gratitude from the team at the FSF, and provide a very important service for the free software community.

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