A great way for you and for others who enjoy Ubuntu to get help is to consult our documentation. The documentation team ensures that official documentation resources are up to date, are consistent and focussed on the most important topics. It’s easy for you to get involved and to share solutions to a particular problem or to check, proof-read and test documents for accuracy.

Getting started

If you want to help improve the documentation which is shipped with each version of *buntu or, as regards the server guide, published on the web only:

  • Read the System Documentation series of pages
  • This should put you into a position where you can contribute a number of changes to the system documentation.
  • The team will review your contributions for you. It’s important that you apply the documentation team style guide. You will slowly learn to work with Mallard/DocBook, Bazaar and Launchpad.

To fully join the team which writes the Community Help Wiki:

  • simply read the Wiki Guide
  • and get started on the wiki.
  • Once you made significant contributions to the help wiki by way of edits to pages, you demonstrate an understanding of the issues that can arise from deleting and renaming pages, and how to avoid them.
  • Also consider joining our mailing list or the #ubuntu-doc irc channel on the Freenode network.

Documentation resources

All the team’s work is subject to our style guide.

Where to find help

Once you are more familiar with the team and its processes, you may find that you are able to contribute more effectively with either the Ubuntu Documentation Wiki Administrators team (if you wish to help with maintenance of the wiki), or the Ubuntu Documentation Committers team (if you wish to be able to push your changes directly to the system documentation).

You can apply to join either of these teams by posting to the mailing list and asking to be added. Please provide evidence that you satisfy the requirements in this section. It’s particularly helpful if you can include links to concrete examples of your work, such as wiki pages or patches.