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A Quick Start Guide for Newcomers

There are several quick ways designed to meet, greet, encourage, and mentor newcomers to the CHAOSS Project. We recommend you:

1. Join the CHAOSS Slack and Discourse

We have a Slack Channel! And so many working group focused channels within it. BUT, we've reserved one ESPECIALLY for newcomers, and our community is highly responsive within it. This is the Slack channel. And THIS is the channel within a channel, called #newcomers where you'll be welcomed! (Type the word newbie and see what happens!) We also have a Discourse forum where you can introduce yourself and explore some of the conversations going on in the community.

2. Attend a weekly CHAOSS Office Hours and the Monthly Onboarding Call

Every week on Tuesday, we have an office hours 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 these hours from 9am - 10am (USA Central Time) through zoom channel:

Also, every first Wednesday of the Month, we run a Welcome to CHAOSS call for newcomers talking about the different working groups and projects in CHAOSS.

You can join this call from 11am - 12pm (USA Central Time) through our zoom channel:

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:

4. Take the next step: Contributor Path - Participating

Once you've done the first three steps in this doc, you're ready to start participating more actively in CHAOSS! Visit our Contributor Path - Participating to see some next steps for you.