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Joining the Fedora CommOps Project

If you're interested in helping with Fedora CommOps, please complete the following steps to become a member.

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Create a FAS account

In order to contribute to Fedora, you will need to create a FAS account and sign the Fedora Project Contributor Agreement, if you have not already. You can do this through the Fedora Account System.

Update your wiki homepage

Use your Account System to login and start adding content to your wiki homepage. It's recommended you put some of your activity or involvement, inside or outside of Fedora, on this page. It's helpful for others to know more about you, what you are involved with in the project, and more.

If you are a new FAS member, you may not be able to edit wiki pages until you are CLA+1. If you are unable to edit wiki pages, please do this step after joining a group. (More info)
Use any of the Infobox or Infobox2 templates to record your essential Fedora info.

Join the mailing list

To join the mailing list, you must subscribe on Our mailing list is a key part of how CommOps communicates, and a lot of important news and discussion are shared through our mailing list.

Send a self-introduction

Send a self-introduction to the CommOps mailing list explaining a bit about yourself. This is one of the most important steps of the entire process. When writing your introduction, try to answer the following questions:

  • Are you new to contributing to Fedora? If so, tell us why you're interested in contributing to Fedora or what interests you about the Project.
  • Already a contributor? Share what other areas of Fedora you are working in and your role in the Project.
  • From the things we help with, what interested you from that list? Where do you want to help contribute?
  • What kind of experience do you have working in open source or in online communities? Anything that you think could be helpful for you in CommOps?
  • How can we can help YOU get started?

Add yourself to the wiki page

After sending your self-introduction, add your name, timezone, and interest areas to the CommOps members page. This will help map an idea of who is contributing to CommOps and what areas we are all wanting to work on.

If you are a new FAS member, you may not be able to edit wiki pages until you are CLA+1. If you are unable to edit wiki pages, please do this step after joining a group. (More info)

Register on Community Blog

The Community Blog is a key area of what CommOps helps out with. Having an account will make it easy for you to see article drafts and look at final previews of articles before they are published. You'll also need one if you ever write an article for the Community Blog! To make an account, you just need to sign in with your Fedora account.

How do I log in?

To log into the Community Blog, you can just use your FAS account. There is a help page that explains how to do this.

Join #fedora-commops on IRC

Your next step should be to join the #fedora-commops IRC channel on the FreeNode IRC network. A lot of our discussion and planning happens in real-time on IRC, and it's the best place to meet some of the team and get a view of what's happening in CommOps.

Get "Bootstrapped"!

Now you should begin working on earning the "Bootstrapped" badge series.

The list of Fedora badges identified in this Trac ticket will soon be incorporated as a series of badges to earn its own "Bootstrapped" badge. Earning these badges is an excellent way to get started and become familiar with some of the basics of contributing in Fedora.

Get your hands dirty

Now, you should begin finding a task to work on. All of CommOps tasks are mapped out in our Pagure repository.

Tasks, problems, or objectives are added as "issues" to the fedora-commops repository on Pagure. Check and see what CommOps is working on now to see what is happening this week.

After that, look at all of the open tickets on our Pagure repository. See something that looks interesting? Be sure to leave a comment and feedback if you can. Check if the ticket has an owner. If it doesn't, you can step up and take ownership! If it does, comment in the ticket and see if the owner needs any help. This also provides a great opportunity to get mentorship and help with getting started on a new task!

Attend a meeting

A lot of action happens at the CommOps weekly meetings. Attend a Fedora CommOps meeting and introduce yourself during roll call!

Every week, the CommOps team comes together to discuss items on our agenda and check in on the tasks that everyone is working on. Introducing yourself during roll call is another great way to get involved and will let others know you are part of the meeting.

Join the FAS group

After completing or beginning all of the above steps, you can apply for membership in the CommOps FAS group.

In the beginning of your time contributing, you will remain pending in the group. After staying involved with CommOps for a while and helping out with tasks, your membership will be approved.