How to Contribute to DSAUSA.help

DSAUSA.help is meant to be a way for members of the DSA to share knowledge and help each other build democratic socialism as fast as possible in the United States. To that end, we welcome any and all contributions that members of DSA want to provide. As documented on our trello board of ideas, there is a lot to cover.  Here’s how to get started contributing:
  1. Reach out and say you want to help! You can either ask someone you know who has one and they will connect you with the admins or you can jump into the #dsausahelp channel on dsausa.chat and we can help you there. The only requirements for getting an account on DSAUSA.help is that you are a member of the DSA and that you agree to act in good faith when editing this website. (More formal rules are in the pipeline, but for now it is what it is). We will set you up with a WordPress account and give you access to the trello board.
  2. Pick a subject from the trello board that you feel you have knowledge to share about and start writing that guide.
  3. OR If you see a spelling or grammar misteak anywhere, fix it.
  4. OR Expand on a guide to include things you have learned about the subject.
  5. OR Update a guide to better reflect recent changes.
  6. OR Fix a broken link on a guide and make sure it points to something relevant.
  7. OR ask us what we need help with and we can tell you what would be the most helpful to us for you to do!

 

Additionally here are some rules around contributions and responsibility when editing DSAUSA.help:

  1. Please use your Editor role on DSAUSA.help wisely and with prudence. You will have editor status on DSAUSA.help which means you can create, delete and edit any page on this website.
  2. Avoid creating posts. Posts are pages tied to a date, and the goal of DSAUSA.help is to gather information that is general knowledge and not tied to a moment in time.
  3. Ignore the events tab in the WordPress dashboard. That functionality is what powers the calendar and is currently a work in progress by the admin team.
  4. Do not put anything from the #media channel on slack here. For security reasons, we are controlling that very tightly and only making sure members have access.
  5. Don’t freak out if something goes wrong. Backups are taken nightly. That means that realistically you can’t really mess things up too badly and we can recover from most accidents. Please reach out to the admin team if you made a mistake you can’t fix by yourself, or you made a mistake that you would like help in fixing. In contrast to IT in many other organizations, the admin team admittedly makes mistakes all the time and totally understands that mistakes happen and won’t yell at you or berate you for being human. As the name says, at DSAUSA.help we’re here to help DSA folks!
  6. Write with a helpful tone of voice. Each guide should be easy to read, with useful information that answers a specific question that an organizer for DSA might have.
  7. Perfect is the enemy of the good. There is no such thing as a perfect guide and each one will continually be being bettered. Length doesn’t matter so much as useful and informative.
  8. Your audience is somebody with better things to do. Give them the answers they want as quickly as you can so they can get off their computers and back into the real world.