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There are two types of Github access described here, with different powers & responsibilities. Only ask for access if you're an active member of the community. New contributors should participate in the Github & Gerrit review process for some time before requesting access. See https://golang.org/wiki/Gardening.
(For Gerrit access, see https://golang.org/wiki/GerritAccess)
The "go-assignees" group is a read-only group granting no special access, other than it allows the users in the group to be assigned issues.
In general, Go doesn't use the "Assigned to" field of bugs much. Instead, we just leave a comment saying we'll work on it. But if you want this access, reference https://github.com/orgs/golang/teams/go-assignees and your Github username in your email requesting access.
The poorly named "go-approvers" group is the set of people who can edit metadata on issues.
To request this type of access, reference https://github.com/orgs/golang/teams/go-approvers and your Github username in your email requesting access.
Please do not edit any field you're not confident about. Feel free to ask for second opinions.
To request either of the access types above, email bradfitz (at golang) and state which access you want (its URL), and state your Github username.
Once you have access
Go help garden! See See https://golang.org/wiki/Gardening.