Release Notes: Contributing to MuckRock's open source efforts
MuckRock is open source software, meaning anyone can freely inspect, modify, and run the software themselves. It also means that you can help develop the site by contributing new features, bug fixes, and suggestions. This project explains how, while also providing a starting point for new contributors.
If you’d like to help us continue making improvements like these in the future, there are lots of ways to help out.
If you do the latter, please search open issues first to make sure it hasn’t already been reported. If it has been reported previously, please leave an additional comment letting us know it’s an issue for you, particularly if you can provide more details about when it crops up or what you think is causing the problem.
For those who want to contribute design, code, or otherwise more directly to the site, we have a developer channel on the MuckRock Slack. Once you’re on the Slack, just drop a message in #Intros asking to be added to the #developers channel.
Code for Boston
MuckRock is a part of Code for Boston’s weekly hack nights, which take place Tuesday evenings in Kendall Square. We might not make it to every one of them, so if you want to meet up there it’s a good idea to check in on Slack or email first.
In particular, we’re looking for designers who are interested in helping us find ways to make all of our tools and data more accessible and more fun to use. We’ve got a relatively simple front-end stack, so if you’re interested in helping hundreds of thousands of people better understand public records and the importance of transparency, please get in touch!
Last week, we added notifications about donation cancellations for users without accounts, improved our error handling, and started working on our December demo night in Boston.
A bug in some of the code used to make selected Assignment submissions public broke some editing functions; that’s now fixed. More importantly, you can join us for an evening of food, beverages, and open data demos on Dec. 17 at Code for Boston Demo Night, where we’ll be unveiling our new project.
Last week was quiet, with most of the focus on behind-the-scenes DocumentCloud work, but we did push two changes: disabling some faulty automated portal integrations and fixing some admin functionality that helps us more quickly resolve a variety of issues.