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Friday Free Software Directory IRC cryptocurrency special meetup: March 2nd starting at 12:00 p.m. EST/17:00 UTC

by Donald Robertson Contributions Published on Feb 28, 2018 04:15 PM
Join the FSF and friends Friday, March 2nd, from 12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST (17:00 to 20:00 UTC) to help improve the Free Software Directory, with this week's theme of helping projects receive cryptocurrency donations.

Help improve the Free Software Directory by adding new entries and updating existing ones. Every Friday we meet on IRC in the #fsf channel on

Tens of thousands of people visit each month to discover free software. Each entry in the Directory contains a wealth of useful information, from basic category and descriptions, to providing detailed info about version control, IRC channels, documentation, and licensing info that has been carefully checked by FSF staff and trained volunteers.

When a user comes to the Directory, they know that everything in it is free software, has only free dependencies, and runs on a free OS. With over 16,000 entries, it is a massive repository of information about free software.

While the Directory has been and continues to be a great resource to the world for many years now, it has the potential to be a resource of even greater value. But it needs your help! And since it's a MediaWiki instance, it's easy for anyone to edit and contribute to the Directory.

Last month, the FSF was extremely fortunate to receive a massive $1 million bitcoin donation from the Pineapple Fund. This incredible generosity will power so much good work for the free software community. Cryptocurrency enthusiasts have supported our work for years, and now we want to help make it easy for them to support individual projects as well. We recently added a property to the Directory that lets users indicate that a project accepts cryptocurrency donations. We hope that this new feature will make it easy for donors to find projects that can accept such donations. But in order to do that, we need to start tagging our favorite crypto-accepting projects in the Directory. This week's meeting will focus on starting that project and hopefully designating a team leader to keep it running strong.

If you are eager to help, and you can't wait or are simply unable to make it onto IRC on Friday, our participation guide will provide you with all the information you need to get started on helping the Directory today! There are also weekly Directory Meeting pages that everyone is welcome to contribute to before, during, and after each meeting.

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