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Participating in open source can be incredibly rewarding, but it's not always obvious how to make your first contribution, start a new project, or build an active community.

To make your journey easier, we're launching the Open Source Guides, a collection of resources for individuals, communities, and companies who want to learn how to run and contribute to open source.

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Open Source Guides are a series of short, approachable guides to help you participate more effectively in open source, whether it's:

  • Finding users for your project
  • Making your first contribution
  • Managing large open source communities
  • Improving the workflow of your project

These guides aim to reflect the voice of the community and their years of wisdom and practice. We've focused on the topics we've heard about most, and curated stories from open source contributors across the web.

Want to help improve the guides? The content is open source, so head over to github/open-source-guide to participate in community discussions about best practices.

Have feedback on this post? Let @github know on Twitter.

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