Getting started on MDN

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3 simple steps to MDN

MDN is a wiki, where anyone can add and edit content. You don't need to be a programmer or know a lot about technology. There is a range of tasks that need to be done, from the simple (proof-reading and correcting typos) to the complex (writing API documentation).

Contributing is easy and safe. Even if you make a mistake, it's easily fixed. Even if you don't know exactly how things should look, or your grammar isn't all that good, don't worry about it! We have a team of people whose job it is to make sure that MDN's content is as good as possible. Someone will be along to make sure your work is tidy and well-written.

Step 1: Create an account on MDN

To begin your contributions to MDN, you need to have an account on MDN. For details, please see how to create an account.

Step 2: Pick a task to complete

Now that you are logged in, read the descriptions of different task types in the list below, and decide which one most appeals to you. You can pick any task you like begin your contribution.

Step 3: Do the task

Once you've decided what kind of task you want to do, find a specific page, code example, etc. to work on, and just do it!

Don't worry about doing it perfectly; other MDN contributors are here to help fix errors that slip through. If you want to experiment before doing something "for real", you can edit the Sandbox page. If you have questions as you go, see the Community page for info on mailing lists and chat channels where you can get answers.

When you're done, feel free to pick another item, or see below for other things you can do on MDN.

Possible task types

There are multiple avenues you can take to contribute to MDN depending on your skill set and interests. Even though some tasks may be daunting, we do have lots of simple activities available. A lot of them need only five minutes (or less!) of your time. Along with the task and its short description, you will find the approximate time that each type of task typically takes.

Option 1: I like words

You can help us review or edit existing docs, and apply correct tags to them.

Note: If you are reviewing articles or writing new ones, we ask you to please review the Style Guide. This will help to ensure that articles are consistent.

Option 2: I like code

We need more code samples! You can also help build our site platform, Kuma!

Option 3: I like both words and code

We have tasks that require both technical and language skills, like writing new articles, reviewing for technical accuracy, or adapting documents.

Option 4: I want MDN in my language

All localization and translation work done on MDN is done by our amazing community of volunteers.

Option 5: I found some wrong info but I don't know how to fix it

You can report problems by filing a documentation bug. (5 minutes)

Use these field values:

Bugzilla field Value
product Developer Documentation
component [choose an area appropriate to the topic, or "General" if you're not sure or you don't see the right one]
URL The page where you found the problem
Description As much as you know or have time to describe about the problem and where to find correct information. This can include people ("talk to so-and-so") as well as Web links.

Other things you can do on MDN

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