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{{Intro|'''March 13th 2012:''' Audacity 2.0.0 was released to supersede the 1.3 and 1.2 series which had been running for several years.|Here are some of the ways you can keep the project moving forward as a high quality program with great support and documentation.}}
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{{Intro|Here are some of the ways you can keep Audacity moving forward as a high quality application with great support and documentation.}}
  
==Testers, documentation helpers and programmers==
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* We would love '''''[[Nightly_Builds|help with testing]]'''''.
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* Help us with completing or translating the '''''[http://manual.audacityteam.org/index.php?title=Main_Page manual]''''' which is in its own wiki.
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* We also need translators for the '''''[[Translating_Audacity|program]]'''''.
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* If you're a programmer, check out the '''''[[Developer_Guide|developer guide]]''''', subscribe to the [http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/audacity-devel audacity-devel] mailing list. When you've got Audacity compiling, tell us if there's any bugs on the '''''[[Bug Lists|Bug List]]''''' that you'd like to tackle or any [[:Category:Feature Planning|new or improved features]] you have a passion about implementing.  
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* We have [[Preview Versions]] of Audacity, which you can sign up for, to get early access to the new features.
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* If you want to get more involved, subscribe to our [http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/audacity-quality audacity-quality] mailing list and get involved with improving design and quality.
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* If you're a programmer, check out the '''''[[Developer_Guide|developer guide]]''''' and subscribe to the [http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/audacity-devel audacity-devel] mailing list
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* If you are already compiling Audacity, great.  If not tell us where our instructions for doing so suck.
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* Help by translating the user interface into your language.  Sign up to our [http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/audacity-translation audacity-translation] mailing list. 
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* We currently need someone to bring the French translation up from 73% complete to 100%.
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* Help out on the '''''[https://forum.audacityteam.org/ Forum]''''' by answering our users' questions. We especially need people to answer questions in other than English.
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* Help us improve our [[Support other Users|documentation]].
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==Other Ways To Help==
 
 
* Help us improve the articles on this wiki and suggest ideas for '''''[[Wiki Development Checklist|onward development]]'''''.
 
* Help out on the '''''[http://forum.audacityteam.org/ Forum]''''' by answering our users' questions. We especially need people to answer questions in other than English.
 
* '''''Tell us how we can improve Audacity''''' by sending:
 
**[[Feature Requests|feature suggestions]]
 
**[[Reporting Bugs|bug reports]]
 
**comments about anything to do with Audacity
 
<ul style="list-style-image: none; list-style-type: none">to our [http://audacity.sourceforge.net/contact/#feedback feedback address]. </ul>
 
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'''In more detail...'''
 
 
== Developers ==
 
 
'''We always need more developers!'''  Here is a proposed "[[Audacity_Needs_You|Audacity Needs You!]]" page for the main Audacity website.  The intention was to put it in a high traffic area - but it seemed a bit too gung-ho.  There's also a landing page, "[[Audacity Sounds Great]]" for free developer recruitment FLOSS adverts provided by [http://stackoverflow.com/ stackoverflow].  Better developer documentation would also help us.  Our [[Developer_Guide#Platform_Specific_Guides|guides for compiling Audacity]] could do with streamlining.  The relative difficulty of compiling Audacity on Mac and Windows is one barrier to more users getting involved in the development process. Join our [http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/audacity-devel developers' mailing list] and introduce yourself!
 
 
==Quality==
 
  
Testers. Test coordinators. Test script writers.  [[Quality]] system designers and managers.  We need you all.
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==Those Links Again...==
  
== Documentation Writers (The 2.0.x Manual) ==
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* [[Give Feedback|Feedback]]
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* [[For Developers|Develop]]
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* [[For Translators|Translate]]
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* [[Support other Users]]
  
We also want to hear from any highly experienced users who can help with keeping our officially released documentation such as the online [http://www.audacityteam.org/manual/index.php?title=Main_Page Alpha development Manual] up-to-date and relevant. '''We need help translating this Manual so that we have localised documentation to complement Audacity's translated interface.'''
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Other ways you can contribute...
 
== Wiki Helpers ==
 
  
[[Special:UserLogin|Ask for a Wiki account]] to help us improve pages by making the writing clearer, correcting spelling and grammar and organising the information to complement the Manual. These kind helpers are also affectionately known as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiGnome Wiki Gnomes].
 
 
== Documentation Writers (This Wiki) ==
 
 
We often link to pages in this Wiki when answering questions from users. Help us keep these pages including the [[:Category:Tips|Tips]] and [[:Category:Tutorial|Tutorials]] up-to-date. As the program changes, these pages need updating.  Screenshots on the Wiki need updating too.  The current version of Audacity makes capturing the screenshots easier.
 
 
== Translators ==
 
 
The Audacity software and website is translated into many languages.  We need [http://audacity.sourceforge.net/community/translation translators] for other languages.
 
 
Our officially released documentation has never been translated. We welcome offers of help to work on translating our [http://manual.audacityteam.org/ Alpha Manual].
 
 
Suggestions on improving/streamlining the way we translate are welcome too.
 
 
== Forum and -users mailing list ==
 
 
The main way we help users who need personal support with Audacity is on our [http://forum.audacityteam.org/ Forum]. If you are an experienced user, you can perform a great service for Audacity by helping to answer Forum questions. Monitoring the questions and issues that arise provides valuable input for our [http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/FAQ Frequently Asked Questions] and influences the wider task of making development decisions.
 
 
An alternative way Audacity users help each other and learn about our program is the [https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/audacity-users audacity-users mailing list]. This is a subscription-only mailing list where messages to the list are sent out directly by e-mail. Feel free to join audacity-users and give a hand to new users!   
 
 
== Website text ==
 
 
The main [http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ website] needs to be kept up-to-date with releases and features. Of course we also want to keep the site easy to use and free of "typos". We have a list of [[Pending website changes|pending website changes]] and we welcome [[Talk:Pending website changes|comments about our website]].
 
  
 
== Graphics ==
 
== Graphics ==
  
In the longer term future we may need an update to graphics for Audacity itself, and for our main website and wikis.  Someone with graphics skills could help us achieve [[Visual Consistency|visual consistency]] across the program and our sites. We would need a graphic designer with an eye for the whole picture who can help with improving Audacity's graphics in a systematic way.
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In the longer term future we may need an update to graphics for Audacity itself, and for our main website and wikis.  Someone with graphics skills could help us achieve [[Visual Consistency|visual consistency]] across the application and our sites. We would need a graphic designer with an eye for the whole picture who can help with improving Audacity's graphics in a systematic way.
  
 
== Campaigns ==
 
== Campaigns ==
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* Audacity language learning initiative.  This is a plan to develop an ecosystem of language learning tools around Audacity.  Part of the plan involves building better links with the [http://www.rockbox.org rockbox] project so that Audacity can author audio in structured formats that assists language learners.  This was talked about briefly at the 2008 GSoC mentor summit, but has not progressed beyond that.
 
* Audacity language learning initiative.  This is a plan to develop an ecosystem of language learning tools around Audacity.  Part of the plan involves building better links with the [http://www.rockbox.org rockbox] project so that Audacity can author audio in structured formats that assists language learners.  This was talked about briefly at the 2008 GSoC mentor summit, but has not progressed beyond that.
  
== Ideas? Want to Contact Us? ==
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* We had a go at campaigns to bring in more developers.  As you probably can see, we could have done better :-)
 
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** Here is a proposed "[[Audacity_Needs_You|Audacity Needs You!]]" page for the main Audacity website.  The intention was to put it in a high traffic area - but it seemed a bit too gung-ho. 
Didn't find what you were looking for? Here are various ways to '''''[[Community|contact us]]'''''.
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** There was also a landing page, "[[Audacity Sounds Great]]" for free developer recruitment FLOSS adverts provided by [http://stackoverflow.com/ stackoverflow]. 
 
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** We also thought better developer documentation would also help us. Our [[Developer_Guide#Platform_Specific_Guides|guides for compiling Audacity]] could do with streamlining.  The relative difficulty of compiling Audacity on Mac and Windows is one barrier to more users getting involved in the development process.  
  
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Latest revision as of 13:05, 30 July 2021

ToDo-2 The section on Graphics needs an update
Here are some of the ways you can keep Audacity moving forward as a high quality application with great support and documentation.

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Feedback
 
Develop Translate Support other Users
  • We have Preview Versions of Audacity, which you can sign up for, to get early access to the new features.
  • If you want to get more involved, subscribe to our audacity-quality mailing list and get involved with improving design and quality.
  • If you're a programmer, check out the developer guide and subscribe to the audacity-devel mailing list
  • If you are already compiling Audacity, great. If not tell us where our instructions for doing so suck.
  • Help by translating the user interface into your language. Sign up to our audacity-translation mailing list.
  • We currently need someone to bring the French translation up from 73% complete to 100%.
  • Help out on the Forum by answering our users' questions. We especially need people to answer questions in other than English.
  • Help us improve our documentation.




Those Links Again...

Other ways you can contribute...


Graphics

In the longer term future we may need an update to graphics for Audacity itself, and for our main website and wikis. Someone with graphics skills could help us achieve visual consistency across the application and our sites. We would need a graphic designer with an eye for the whole picture who can help with improving Audacity's graphics in a systematic way.

Campaigns

We need help with campaigns:

  • Audacity took part in GSoC (Google Summer of Code) in 2008 and 2009. We always need help planning for future participation, from getting ready to run a GSoC, to alerting potential students to the opportunity, to co-ordinating development during GSoC itself.
  • We're considering being part of the next Google Code-in Contest (an open source development and outreach contest targeted at 13-18 year old students around the world).
  • Audacity language learning initiative. This is a plan to develop an ecosystem of language learning tools around Audacity. Part of the plan involves building better links with the rockbox project so that Audacity can author audio in structured formats that assists language learners. This was talked about briefly at the 2008 GSoC mentor summit, but has not progressed beyond that.
  • We had a go at campaigns to bring in more developers. As you probably can see, we could have done better :-)
    • Here is a proposed "Audacity Needs You!" page for the main Audacity website. The intention was to put it in a high traffic area - but it seemed a bit too gung-ho.
    • There was also a landing page, "Audacity Sounds Great" for free developer recruitment FLOSS adverts provided by stackoverflow.
    • We also thought better developer documentation would also help us. Our guides for compiling Audacity could do with streamlining. The relative difficulty of compiling Audacity on Mac and Windows is one barrier to more users getting involved in the development process.


Ideas? Want to Contact Us?

Didn't find what you were looking for? Here are various ways to contact us.