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Contributing

The wiki was started and is maintained by the Web3 Foundation. It is an open source project and aims to be the most extensive resource of knowledge on Polkadot and the Polkadot ecosystem. A large part of the material currently focuses on Polkadot directly but it is not opposed to covering informational material for community projects.

Please do not try to pull request any marketing material as this will be rejected.

Nonetheless, pull requests, discussions, and contributions from the community are encouraged. Active community members who demonstrate a record of good contributions may be given write access to the repository.

Otherwise, Web3 Foundation holds the administrative position and final say on the content that is included. Specifically, the Technical Education team at the foundation are most directly involved.

Check out the How to Contribute to the Polkadot Wiki video for steps on contributions.

How to Contribute#

You can contribute to the wiki on the w3f/polkadot-wiki GitHub repository. Every page is a MarkDown file, which is an easy to learn syntax extension to plain text that makes creating links, rendering images, and nice-looking formatting simple.

Each page has an "Edit this page" link at the bottom of the content. By clicking it you are taken to the GitHub sign-in page, where you can either log in or create an account.

Once logged in, you'll be taken to the GitHub built-in text editor where you can make your edits directly. When you've completed your changes, you can add any specific details on what was changed and commit to a new branch to create a new Pull Request to the repository. From there one of the maintainers will review your changes, and either merge them or request changes.

Remember that after you click "Propose Changes", you must also click on "Create Pull Request" on the next page.

Guideline and Rules for Contributing#

There are a few basic ground-rules for contributors:

  1. No --force pushes or modifying the Git history in any way.
  2. Pull requests are preferred to issues, especially for small changes such as typos. Issues should be used for generic or broad-based changes or missing content. Suggestions and requests are encouraged.
  3. Only use non-master branches.
  4. Significant modifications, even by contributors, ought to be subject to a pull request to solicit feedback from other contributors.
  5. Pull requests to solicit feedback are encouraged for any other non-trivial contribution but left to the discretion of the contributor.
  6. Contributors should attempt to adhere to the prevailing MarkDown style, language, and layout.
  7. Correct grammar should be used at all times. Pull requests with typos will not be merged until fixed.
  8. Care should be taken to remain as objective and informative as possible. There should be no editorializing, and external bias should not be present.
  9. We use a plugin called Prettier to standardize the style across documents. You can run this on your local copy with npx pretty-quick --staged, but for simplicity we also have a bot which runs this for us in your PRs.

Heritage#

This document is based on the Level contribution guidelines.



Helping With Translations#

The Wiki's default language is English, though, there is a desire to translate the Wiki in as many languages as possible. Another way you can contribute is by helping with translations.

There is a feature at the bottom of the main page of the Polkadot Wiki that will redirect you to crowdin, which is where translation contributions can be made.

There, you will see the progress of translating the docs associated with the Wiki in many different languages.


The following are steps on how to interact with the crowdin interface for translatations. Check out the official crowdin knowledge base as well.




The following shows an example in Arabic. You can type in your desired translation for each section in the provided area, while using the suggestions generated by the crowdin built-in translator.


Make sure to save your translation.