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Want to help the Audacity project?  Here are some suggestions:
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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.}}
  
=Wiki Gnomes=
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Help us by removing spam links from the wiki.  Improve pages by making the writing clearer and correcting spelling and grammar.
 
  
=Audacity Help Documentation=
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Audacity's help text is also on a wikiAs the program changes, it needs updatingScreenshots on the wiki need updating too. There's a special build of Audacity that makes capturing the screenshots easier.
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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, greatIf 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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=Translators=
 
Audacity is translated into many languages.  We need translators for other languages.  We'd also like to make the process of translation more streamlined.
 
  
=Forums and Help=
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It's a great help to have people answering Audacity questions on the forums and help mailing list.  People who help like this also manage the FAQ and have very important input into development decisions.
 
  
=Graphics=
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We need graphics for Audacity itself and for the website.  Someone with graphics skills could help us unify the program and website.  We 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:
 
* Google Summer of Code 2008
 
* Audacity language learning
 
* The tutorial collection
 
  
=Developers=
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==Those Links Again...==
We always need more developers! Here is a proposed '[[Audacity_Needs_You|Audacity Needs You!]]' page for the main Audacity website.  The intention is to put it in a high traffic area.
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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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Other ways you can contribute...
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== Graphics ==
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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.
  
=Quality=
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== Campaigns ==
Testers.  Test coordinators.  Test script writers.  Quality system designers and managers.  Yay.  We need you all.
 
  
=Other=
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We need help with campaigns:
Are we missing something?  If you think so, we probably areDrop us an e-mail and tell us how you can help.
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* Audacity took part in [[:Category:GSoC|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.
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* We're considering being part of the next [http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2010/11/announcing-accepted-organizations-for.html Google Code-in] Contest (an open source development and outreach contest targeted at 13-18 year old students around the world).
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* Audacity language learning initiativeThis 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.
  
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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. 
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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.
  
Get in contact via the audacity devel mailing list on sourceforge.
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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.

Feedback.png Develop.png Translate.png Support.png
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.


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