As many of you know, Dreamwidth is a fork of the LiveJournal code base and community, and is one of the few open source projects with a majority of contributors who are women. I blogged about it on Ada Lovelace Day and again in dispatches from the revolution where I interviewed developers about their experiences in open source more broadly, and on Dreamwidth and AO3 (another majority-women project) in particular. If you were at OSCON or ALF you may also have seen my presentation about it.
The Dreamwidth project is explicitly welcoming and diverse. Here is part of their diversity statement:
Platitudes are cheap. We’ve all heard services say they’re committed to “diversity” and “tolerance” without ever getting specific, so here’s our stance on it:
We welcome you.
We welcome people of any gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, size, nationality, sexual orientation, ability level, religion, culture, subculture, and political opinion. We welcome activists, artists, bloggers, crafters, dilettantes, musicians, photographers, readers, writers, ordinary people, extraordinary people, and everyone in between. We welcome people who want to change the world, people who want to keep in touch with friends, people who want to make great art, and people who just need a break after work. We welcome fans, geeks, nerds, and pixel-stained technopeasant wretches. We welcome Internet beginners who aren’t sure what any of those terms refer to.
Dreamwidth is one of the best projects I know for mentoring and training developers. If you’ve ever wanted to get involved in open source but don’t know where to start, or find it hard to break into a project, this might be the place for you.
As well as being an open source project, Dreamwidth is a blogging/journalling platform (currently in open beta), and if you’re interested in being part of the project you’ll probably also want to sign up for a journal. However, to prevent spam and manage server resources, signups are limited to those with an invite code or who pay for an account (which start at $3, btw.)
Here are 10 invite codes:
Please, if you take one, comment below to let us know which one you took, and try to use them in order from top to bottom.
You can create your account at http://dreamwidth.org/create. Once you’re signed up, and if you’re interested in becoming a Dreamwidth developer, take a look at the following resources:
- dw-dev, the main developer community
- dw-dev-training, for people who want help getting started as Dreamwidth developers
- changelog, if you like drinking from the fire-hose
- dw-news, for general news about the service and new features (more end-user oriented)
- Bugzilla and the DW wiki, which has a bunch of information for developers
You might also like to get on the IRC channel, which is where much of the developer/volunteer chatter happens. If all the invite codes listed above run out, you can also show up on IRC and let them know you’re interested in becoming a Dreamwidth developer, and someone’s sure to give you one.