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Re: Is it possible for a 14 year old in the UK to be able to contribute

From: Óscar Fuentes
Subject: Re: Is it possible for a 14 year old in the UK to be able to contribute to Emacs?
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:46:58 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Zack Piper <address@hidden> writes:


> I shall continue learning C and/or LISP, until I feel ready, and
> practice by making, potentially useful, Emacs packages.

There are ways to contribute that does not require programming
knowledge. Helping with bug reports is one of them. You can pick old bug
reports and see if they still are valid (when they come with a
reproducible recipe) and search for simpler recipes for those reports
with non-trivial ones (a bug report has a "simple" recipe when it starts
with "emacs -Q" and does not depend on installing external packages).
Checking the correctness of documentation is another instance of work
that does not require programming skills and will gain you of a solid
knowledge of Emacs' capabilities.

This type of work is very important for any software project, requires
cleverness and is very appreciated by the core developers. It also helps
you to gain skills on project management and community interaction,
which is a key ability that no amount of C/Lisp learning will provide.

You don't need to sign the FSF papers for those tasks.

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