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Follow these steps to start contributing to DYC

Step 1: Learn how to edit a wikiEdit

Editing is easy. Simply click on the "edit this page" tab at the top of a page (or on a section-edit link). This will bring you to a new page with a text box containing the editable text of the original page. Make your changes and if you're satisfied with what you've done, be bold and press the "Save page" button. Your changes will immediately be visible to all users.

Feel free to edit any page in any way (add, delete, reword, fix grammar, etc). Don't worry about ruining something, all changes are logged on the "History" page and can be reversed. Nothing is ever lost.

To get started, you'll want to learn a little about wiki programming.

  • The tutorial is a great place to get started.
  • Wikipedia also has some useful guides.
  • Or just start typing! Add text and let someone else make it pretty ... that's what collaboration is all about.

Step 2: Learn some DYC fundamentalsEdit

Step 3: Discover how you can contribute and start contributingEdit

DYC is a big concept, so we've broken it down into projects. Once you have a feel for DYC and what we're going for, pick a project that interests you. (Don't worry, you can pick more than one!)

Main ProjectsEdit

Our major projects are:


You might notice that the Pillars Project actually has a sub-project for each pillar. DYC has enough components that we want to make sure every part gets the attention it deserves!

Other ProjectsEdit

If none of those projects interest you check out one of these:


Or add another project to the list by simply creating a new page and typing Other Projects in the category box.

Getting StartedEdit

Once you have identified your project, go to the project's main page by clicking the links above. Each main page has two things in common:

  • The think tank. These are the work stations where the actual design takes place. To understand how to participate in a Think Tank, learn our Collaboration Process.
  • The end result. For a number of projects, you can see a rough prototype of our end result. For example, if you're working on the Mock-Up project, the main page has links to an actual simulation of our future website. As we get the details hammered out in the think tanks, we'll package them here to create our finished product.


Step 4: Familiarize yourself with some important collaboration toolsEdit

  • Help Wanted - Want to work on something that is really hurting? Check out the Help Wanted page for some projects begging for attention
  • Outstanding Questions - Unsure where to get started? Start by answering a questions from one of our think tanks. Outstanding Questions consolidates all of the questions from all of the think tanks into one big list
  • Sticky Note Board - Need some inspiration? Don't want to lose a thought? Come here to read or record random thoughts about DYC
  • General Feedback and Suggestions - Unhappy with the way the wiki works? Dying to tell us your favorite part of DYC? Submit your feedback and suggestions here
  • Check it Out - Books and Websites - Want to do some research on the principles underlying DYC? Check out some of our favorite books and websites

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