Quick Start for New Contributors

1. Join the CHAOSS Slack

Slack is where our community gathers! There are a lot of channels within our workspace, BUT, we’ve reserved a channel ESPECIALLY for newcomers, and our community is highly responsive. This is CHAOSS on Slack, and THIS is a channel called #newcomers where you’ll be welcomed! (Type the word newbie and see what happens!)

2. Attend a few CHAOSS Newcomer Hangouts

Every Tuesday, we have a Newcomer Hangout intended to make it easy for you to ask questions and find your place in the project with a supportive, experienced CHAOSS maintainer.

You can join the hours from 9am – 10am (USA Central Time) through our Zoom channel: https://zoom.us/my/chaoss

3. Attend some weekly CHAOSS Community Meetings

Every Tuesday, the community comes together to discuss anything that pertains to the whole community. This is also the place where we share announcements and news. You can participate or just listen. It’s really up to you!

You can join this call from 11am – 12pm (USA Central Time) through our Zoom channel: https://zoom.us/my/chaoss.

4. Watch some recordings of previous meetings

We record and post virtually all of our CHAOSS meetings, and going back to watch some of the previous meetings from different working groups is a great way to begin to understand all the moving parts of CHAOSS. To see a list of playlists/categories of meetings, go to our CHAOSStube YouTube channel. (You can also listen to our CHAOSScast podcast right from there!)

5. (Optional) Request a Tour Guide

If you find you still aren’t sure where to go or how to contribute to CHAOSS, you can ask for a Tour Guide in the #newcomers Slack channel, and you’ll be connected with an experienced CHAOTIC who can help you find your way in a 1:1 setting.