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Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: December 29th starting at 12:00 p.m. EST/17:00 UTC

by Ted Teah Contributions Published on Dec 27, 2017 12:13 PM
Join the FSF and friends Friday, December 29th, 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 the New Year.

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 almost 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.

The FSF is set to ring in the New Year, and it's the time to reflect on the previous year and take stock of the victories and the losses we endured in the free software community over the last year. An essential aspect of New Year's introspection that can't be understated is the need to look constructively to the future. One example of a step forward could be reworking the Privacy Pack, something that RMS has suggested. It would be ideal if we spent this meeting fleshing out the general scope of changes, which can then be presented to the directory-discuss mailing list, as well as leading to some internal work. Besides the discussion, it would be good to update entries while we ring in the new year.

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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