Become a Maintainer

Zinc products and services would devolve into absurdity without the efforts of our lovely Maintainers.

Maintainers guide our products by facilitating conversations, soliciting and listening to feedback, breaking work down into pieces that Contributors can digest safely and easily, applying the changes submitted by Contributors.

Maintainer Ground Rules

The keywords must, must not, and should in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119.

Launching a Product

Any Maintainer may create a new project within Zinc at any time for any reason. In fact, we encourage Maintainers to sprout new projects to explore new problem domains, scratch an itch, decompose some functionality, or pretty much any reason.

By creating space for everyone to explore and play in the manner they see fit, we'll have a more vibrant ecosystem of products and more entrance points for people to plug in and contribute their time, attention, and expertise.

First, Create a New Project on GitHub

We encourage (but do not require) Maintainers to use our New Project Template when creating a new project.

It includes:

  1. Our Code of Conduct.
  2. A README Template.
  3. Our Default License.
  4. Our Contributing guide.
  5. Default tags.
  6. Issue templates.

Then, Write a Readme!

While there's nothing stopping you from changing the name in the default Readme and calling it a day; we encourage Maintainers to try and include:

  1. The goal of the project.
  2. The target personas (or fauxsonas) ordered roughly by priority.
  3. A brief of the intended module architecture. (A module is an independently buildable, testable, and deployable piece of the project.
  4. Instructions for building and running the project locally.

Finally, Create some Issues!

If you still have some energy to spend on making it easy for folks to co-conspire with you, we recommend Maintainers take the time to flesh out one to three issues.

Issues "call our shots" and allow people to co-conspire on a project by adding comments, asking clarifying questions, proposing directions, and otherwise helping us think about what we are doing.

Well-written issues center a persona the work benefits, express a User Story, and illustrate how with feature scenarios. For example:

Tagging issues helps contributors find work that will show off or stretch their skills. We recommend tagging to signal that an issue: