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Where to get started to help improve Friendica?

Do you want to help us improve Friendica? Here we have compiled some hints on how to get started and some tasks to help you choose. A project like Friendica is the sum of many different contributions. Very different skills are required to make good software. Some of them involve coding, others do not. We are looking for helpers in all areas, whether you write text or code, whether you spread the word to convince people or design new icons. Whether you feel like an expert or like a newbie - join us with your ideas!

Contact us

The discussion of Friendica development takes place in the following Friendica forums:

Help other users

Remember the questions you had when you first tried Friendica? A good place to start can be to help new people find their way around Friendica in the general support forum. Welcome them, answer their questions, point them to documentation or ping other helpers directly if you can't help but think you know who can.

Translation

The documentation contains help on how to translate Friendica in the at Transifex where the UI is translated. If you don't want to translate the UI, or it is already done to your satisfaction, you might want to work on the translation of the /help files?

Design

Are you good at designing things? If you have seen Friendica you probably have ideas to improve it, haven't you?

  • If you would like to work with us on enhancing the user interface, please join the UX Watchdogs forum
  • Make plans for a better Friendica interface design and share them with us.
  • Tell us if you are able to realize your ideas or what kind of help you need. We can't promise we have the right skills in the group but we'll try.
  • Choose a thing to start with, e.g. work on the icon set of your favourite theme

Programming

Issues

Have a look at our issue tracker on github!

  • Try to reproduce a bug that needs more inquries and write down what you find out.
  • If a bug looks fixed, ask the bug reporters for feedback to find out if the bug can be closed.
  • Fix a bug if you can. Please make the pull request against the develop branch of the repository.
  • There is a Junior Job label for issues we think might be a good point to start with. But you don't have to limit yourself to those issues.

Web interface

The thing many people want most is a better interface, preferably a responsive Friendica theme. This is a piece of work! If you want to get involved here:

  • Look at the first steps that were made (e.g. the clean theme). Ask us to find out whom to talk to about their experiences.
  • Talk to design people if you know any.
  • Let us know about your plans in the dev forum and the theme developer forum. Do not worry about cross-posting.

Client software

There are free software clients that do somehow work with Friendica but most of them need love and maintenance. Also, they were mostly made for other platforms using the GNU Social API. This means they lack the features that are really specific to Friendica. Popular clients you might want to have a look at are: