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Free Software Directory meeting recap for November 25th, 2016

by Donald Robertson Contributions Published on Nov 28, 2016 12:50 PM
Check out the great work our volunteers accomplished at the last Free Software Directory meeting.

Every week free software activists from around the world come together in #fsf on to help improve the Free Software Directory. This recaps the work we accomplished on the Friday, November 25th, 2016 meeting.

Last week's theme was friends and family, where we asked our regular volunteers to invite new volunteers to participate in the weekly meeting. mangeurdenuage had some great success posting in the Trisquel forums and some other spaces and attracted two new volunteers. They then trained the new recruits and helped them to add their first entries. While we didn't get as many new volunteers as we might have hoped, we put together some ideas for attracting more volunteers going forward.

And while the theme was about new friends and family joining us, there was still a lot of work from previous meetings that needed more attention. David_Hedlund has taken the lead in working through new requirements and categories for free software in the directory. For any free software package, a user always has the ability to modify the work to meet their needs. But for someone newly introduced to a package by the directory, there can be some other pertinent information they would like to know before diving in and downloading the software. The work we're doing on the categories should eventually make it easy for volunteers to tag certain issues with packages, and have some template text displayed on the entry. This feeds off the work we did in tagging some works as historical, but addresses a wider range of issues. While the work is not complete, a lot of progress was made at the meeting and we hope to have this feature fully implemented in the near future.

If you would like to help update the directory, meet with us every Friday in #fsf on from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST (18:00 to 20:00 UTC).

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