Participate at Opensource.com

Welcome to the Opensource.com community

Welcome! From the first moment you visit Opensource.com, you become a member of the community. Here you are encouraged to be curious, kind, and inquisitive. No matter where you are on your open source journey, there are a few different ways to get involved.

Be a reader

Check out our articles about open source technology written by open source users. We publish new articles every day.

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Subscribe to our email newsletter to get a digest of the week’s most popular articles, plus curated roundups, downloadable guides, and special announcements. We’ll email you once or twice per week. We also post articles on our RSS feed.

Share your enthusiasm and ask questions by posting comments. We invite you to read our comment and discussion rules. Create an account to earn points and badges. You’ll also need an account to become an author.

Be a writer

Opensource.com welcomes article proposals and submissions from users of technology and subject matter experts, on open source software, hardware, and other open source-related topics.

Resources for writers

Style guide: This guide will walk you through writing an article of any size. It's full of examples and helpful tips. If you're not sure where to begin, start here.

The writing process: Never written professionally or for an online audience? No problem. In fact, you're just the type of person we want to hear from. If you share your knowledge, we'll handle the formatting, editing, promotion, and everything else that goes into online publishing.

Things to keep in mind: What our audience likes and expects, and what is expected of you.

Benefits of writing for Opensource.com: When you share your knowledge and expertise great things can happen. Here we share some of the success stories our writers have experienced, both personally and professionally, by becoming a contributor.

Contributor Club

Writers who have been published 3 or more times on the site within 12 months are recognized in our Contributor Club. As a member, you’ll receive Opensource.com swag and a badge on your author profile.

Correspondent Program

The Correspondent program recognizes our most trusted and committed Opensource.com authors. Those who participate in this program receive additional benefits and are recognized for their impact on the open source community. The greatest feature of this program is the ongoing relationship members build with the Opensource.com staff and each other. 

Have more questions?

We’d love to hear from you. Email us at open@opensource.com.