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!
MuckRock Release Notes: The shutdown’s impact on FOIA response rates so far, and a Sunshine Week special project needs your help
Last week, we didn’t push many user-facing changes as we continue to push forward on some major long-term projects, so we decided to look at the data that a lot of people have been asking about: Has the shutdown impacted FOIA responses at MuckRock? The answer was surprising. Plus: Come help us kick off a Sunshine Week special project.
It was another pretty quiet week, with some continued tweaks mostly focused on the backend to help things flow more smoothly. We are looking to once again partner with Code for Boston on a hackathon this coming January.
Currently, our development efforts are focused mostly on overhauling user authentication across our services, making it easier to log in to any of our sites while also simplifying permissions and organization management.