Alibaba Cloud Opens Up Its Documentation to the Community

What’s the Big Deal with Open Source Documentation?

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.
- Howard Zinn

The Value of Community

Alibaba Cloud’s new open-source documentation initiative hopes to bring your value into a world-class project:

  1. For the community, by the community — Harnessing the power of the community, Alibaba Cloud hopes to continually improve its documentation from all angles — development, testing, architecture, technology, user experience, etc. The end result is not only a complete and detailed documentation library, but one that was built by you.
  2. Encouraging community participation — Users can easily provide feedback, suggestions and even take part in the development process of new products and documentation. What’s more, we are inviting you to contribute knowledge and ideas, and share real product experiences with other users. Your idea could help another user solve a similar problem, or set in motion an idea to a new and exciting product.
  3. Setting new industry benchmarks — As one of the first few companies to join the open-source documentation movement, Alibaba Cloud aims to join hands with you in setting the bar for documentation within China, and hopefully, the world!
  4. Bringing content to life — Open-source documentation powered by the public becomes the core driving mechanism. By shortening the distance between our developers and the public, content creation comes to life!

Roadmap to Success

Alibaba Cloud open-source documentation is divided into 3 major milestones:

Community Interaction Models

Keeping the ever-evolving open-source landscape in mind, we will be providing two new interaction models for users to participate in the community:

  1. Posted tasks –Alibaba Cloud’s documentation platform will release a number of tasks online, which members of the community can actively choose and pick. This top-down approach gives the community a clear view of issues that they can contribute to. Once a task has been completed, users can submit their input to us, where it will be reviewed and published.
  2. User submissions — See something that you’d like to change? Noticed a typo? Submit your suggestions directly! This bottom-up approach invites everyone to actively make suggestions to the existing documentation. All submissions will be duly reviewed and published. You may even be rewarded for your contribution!

Celebrating Our Future Together

One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.
- Neil Armstrong



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