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Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: March 9th starting at 12:00 p.m. EST/17:00 UTC

by Donald Robertson Contributions Published on Mar 08, 2018 10:48 AM
Join the FSF and friends Friday, March 9th, 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 adding new packages.

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 week we were working on updating entries with cryptocurrency donation information, and we'll have to come back to that theme again soon. But this week we're back to a classic: adding new entries to the Directory. A new project leader has taken on the Directory import project, and we hope to discuss that work and get it rolling, but we also want to keep adding all the free software we love that isn't on the Directory already.

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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