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Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: December 22nd at 12:00 p.m. EST/17:00 UTC

by Ted Teah Contributions Published on Dec 21, 2017 12:27 PM
Join the FSF and friends Friday, December 22nd, 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 goal of developing an outline for two upcoming projects.

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.

This week, our focus is on fleshing out the scope of two projects to improve the Directory, which will be a group project of the community and FSF efforts. The first is with the Privacy page. It seems that the information is stale, as well as arguably misguided, so we would like to come up with an outline and a possible road map. The second project is to fix the license list. Currently, there are a few errors. Come this new year, I am going to start working on the templates. So what I think would be great is to put together a team to catalog the issues. One type of error deals more with the content of the license, while other errors are simply editing issues -- for example, the word license is repeated inappropriately in some drop-down menus.

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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