Originally Published: Sunday, 12 November 2000 Author: Tom Dominico, Jr.
Published to: daily_feature/Linux.com Feature Story Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Calling All Writers!

Rather than rant on in this week's editorial, I've decided to 'pass the torch' to Tom Dominico, Linux.com's Assistant Editor-in-Chief. Linux.com is always on the lookout for smart, hard-working volunteers to help in the day-to-day production of the site. I'll let Tom fill you in on the details. Take a look!

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The term "community" seems to be tossed around quite a bit when it comes to Linux. For those of you that use different operating systems, the concept may be a bit foreign. The open-source nature of Linux has lead to a sense of community for its users - a desire to help other users, and to work together for the benefit of the group as a whole. It's the reason why thousands of developers pour their time and effort into developing quality software and distributing it for free. In turn, this selfless giving on the part of developers leads users to want to "give something back" to the community. Some do it by spending time on IRC, answering questions for new users. Others do it by helping to write documentation, or squashing bugs in new software. I chose to do it by volunteering my time for Linux.com, and I'd like to invite you to do the same.

Linux.com is run almost entirely by volunteers. It's volunteers who write new content, head up our various sections, moderate comments, and come up with ideas to help take the site in new directions. We pride ourselves on providing one of the best online resources for the Linux community - it's the way that we give something back. This is not to say that in our spare time we aren't writing code, or helping other software projects - we've just found this to be they way that we can reach the greatest number of people, and have the most positive effect on their lives as Linux users (or potential Linux users).

You may have noticed some changes on the site recently. We've got a new layout that we're very proud of, and we've started rolling out more quality content. We've had some great articles recently in sections like Hardware, Sysadmin (which is a brand new section targeted at you admins out there), Development, and FirstStep. Also, we've introduced the weekly feature, and great new editorial pieces, such as the hilarious work we've featured recently from Ryan C. Gordon of Loki fame. However, if we're going to keep providing you with great new content, we need your help.

We need people who are willing to write stories for the site. No, you don't need to be a professional writer - we have a great editorial team who can take your knowledge and turn it into a great article. We need people who have an interest in helping out the community, and who have knowledge in a particular area (or areas). Want to help new users learn Linux? The FirstStep section would love to have you. Interested in using Linux to create music or video? Join our Multimedia section. Or, share your knowledge about putting systems together with our Hardware readers. There are many more sections that you could be a part of - just visit our site to get a list of them all.

Of course, it's only fair for you to ask, "How do I benefit from this arrangement?" Well, the positive email you'll start to get from readers as they thank you for helping them is often the biggest reward of all, but there are other benefits as well. As a token of our gratitude, we'll hook you up with a shell account and a "you@linux.com" email alias. More important than that, though, the people you'll meet may turn out to become some of your best friends. Through your work, you'll also have a chance to meet people who are at the forefront of the community. Finally, you'll have your work displayed on the front page of Linux.com for all to see, which is a pretty decent accomplishment, and will certainly look good on your resume, or as a part of your writing portfolio.

So, please consider joining the Linux.com staff. Remember, you don't have to be a great writer, just someone who wants to share their talents with the community. We're here to help, but right now we need your help. If you're interested, please contact Jessica Sheffield, Volunteer Coordinator at starlady@linux.com. With your assistance, we can help make this site an even better resource for the community. So, what are you waiting for? Fire up that email client and drop us a line.

Tom Dominico is the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Linux.com. E-mail him at tomd@linux.com.

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