Month of LibreOffice, November 2017: First week’s results

On the 1st of November we started a new Month of LibreOffice, celebrating contributions from our worldwide community. Everyone who helps out with the project gets a chance to win a cool sticker. So, one week in, how are we doing?

Well, so far 137 stickers have been awarded! That’s a great start, and you can see all the details on this wiki page. It shows usernames from various tools used in LibreOffice development, and we update it every day. You can see that we’ve had code contributions from several people – but of course, these are just community contributions. Click here to see full development stats including patches from people who’re paid to work on the codebase.

Meanwhile, our QA and localisation communities have been especially busy in the run-up to LibreOffice 6.0, which is due to be released in late January. And then our diligent Ask LibreOffice community has done great work answering questions from users and helping them to fix problems. Finally, we’re seeing useful documentation updates (especially on the wiki) and word-spreading on Twitter as well.

Thanks to everyone who has helped out so far! But there are still three weeks to go – so if you want to improve LibreOffice and get a shiny sticker for your laptop or PC, read on to see how you can help…

How to get a sticker

There are many ways you can help the LibreOffice project and claim a sticker:

  • Help to confirm bugs: go to our Bugzilla page and look for new bugs. If you can recreate one, add a comment like “CONFIRMED on Windows 10 and LibreOffice 5.4.2”. (Make sure you’re using the latest version of LibreOffice.)
  • Contribute code: The codebase is big, but there are lots of places to get involved with small jobs. See our Developers page on the website and this page on the wiki to get started. Once you’ve submitted a patch, if it gets merged we’ll send you a sticker!
  • Translate the interface: LibreOffice is available in a wide range of languages, but its interface translations need to be kept up-to-date. Or maybe you want to translate the suite to a whole new language? Get involved here.
  • Write documentation: Another way to earn a badge is to help the LibreOffice documentation team. Whether you want to update the online help or add chapters to the handbooks, here’s where to start.
  • Answer questions from users: Over on Ask LibreOffice there are many users looking for help with the suite. We’re keeping an eye on that site so if you give someone useful advice, you can claim a shiny sticker.
  • Spread the word: Tell everyone about LibreOffice on Twitter! Just say why you love it or what you’re using it for, add the #libreoffice hashtag, and at the end of the month you can claim a sticker. (We have a maximum of 100 stickers for this category, in case the whole internet starts tweeting!)