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Advanced contributing

This page assumes that you’ve read and mastered the Start contributing and Intermediate contributing topics and are ready to learn about more ways to contribute. You need to use the Git command line client and other tools for some of these tasks.

Be the PR Wrangler for a week

SIG Docs approvers can be PR wranglers.

SIG Docs approvers are added to the PR Wrangler rotation scheduler for weekly rotations. The PR wrangler’s duties include:

Propose improvements

SIG Docs members can propose improvements.

After you’ve been contributing to the Kubernetes documentation for a while, you may have ideas for improvement to the style guide, the toolchain used to build the documentation, the website style, the processes for reviewing and merging pull requests, or other aspects of the documentation. For maximum transparency, these types of proposals need to be discussed in a SIG Docs meeting or on the kubernetes-sig-docs mailing list. In addition, it can really help to have some context about the way things currently work and why past decisions have been made before proposing sweeping changes. The quickest way to get answers to questions about how the documentation currently works is to ask in the #sig-docs Slack channel on kubernetes.slack.com

After discussion has taken place and the sig is in agreement about the desired outcome, you can work on the proposed changes in the way that is the most appropriate. For instance, an update to the style guide or the website’s functionality might involve opening a pull request, while a change related to documentation testing might involve working with sig-testing.

Coordinate docs for a Kubernetes release

SIG Docs approvers can coordinate docs for a Kubernetes release.

Each Kubernetes release is coordinated by a team of people participating in the sig-release special interest group (SIG). Others on the release team for a given release include an overall release lead, as well as representatives from sig-pm, sig-testing, and others. To find out more about Kubernetes release processes, refer to https://github.com/kubernetes/sig-release.

The SIG Docs representative for a given release coordinates the following tasks:

Coordinating a release is typically a 3-4 month commitment, and the duty is rotated among SIG Docs approvers.

SIG Docs reviewers can sponsor new contributors.

After a new contributor has successfully submitted 5 substantive pull requests to one or more Kubernetes repositiries, they are eligible to apply for membership in the Kubernetes organization. The contributor’s membership needs to be backed by two sponsors who are already reviewers.

New docs contributors can request sponsors by asking in the #sig-docs channel on the Kubernetes Slack instance or on the SIG Docs mailing list. If you feel confident about the applicant’s work, you volunteer to sponsor them. When they submit their membership application, reply to the application with a “+1” and include details about why you think the applicant is a good fit for membership in the Kubernetes organization.