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Página de participación en Español.

Following are ways you can participate in the Metagovernment project. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.


Currently, this project is organized as an adhocracy. There are four primary ways to contribute to the Metagovernment project:

Join the Startup Committee

If you wish to contribute to the Metagovernment project, please visit the list server signup page. The Startup Committee consists of the active members of that list server and is organized as an adhocracy.

  • After joining, please introduce yourself to the list and provide a link to your user page on this wiki if you have it.
  • You are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the list server archive before jumping in with questions and suggestions. However, we know that analyzing the full archive requires a lot of time... reading the project's wiki should be enough with the aid of this map: a list of organized pages by a recommended order.
  • Do not forget to check the Community Portal often, there you will find what things are being done for the project.

Edit the wiki

Anyone may register on this wiki, and registered users may make edits to almost any page (changes to the home page should only be made if you have consensus). For information on editing, see Help:Editing.

  • You are encouraged to create a user page briefly introducing yourself. Once you are logged in, you can connect to your user page by clicking on your username in the links at the top-right of any page.
  • Discussions should be conducted in the context of other pages in this wiki; either through dispassionate explanation on an article page, or more subjective discussion on a Talk page.
  • See the map of the site for an ordered list of links to their relevant pages and the Community Portal for some current areas of concern.
  • Otherwise see Help:Contributing for some general ideas on how to keep the wiki vibrantly healthy!

Contribute code

Many related projects are still in development and could use the help of programmers. Please consider contributing to Metascore or any other of these many open source projects.

Translate the wiki

The main language of this global project is English, the most spoken idiom up today in the Internet. Unfortunately this restricts the participation of non-English speakers. By translating part of the wiki, you can —at least— permit to those people, interested in this project, inform themselves (and others) about it.

These pages are willing to be translated:

  • This one, this way.


Additionally, you are encouraged help promote the project and its philosophy by any of the following means:


  • Post about open source governance — If you participate in a web forum or respond to blog posts, write a message about this website and/or about open source governance and web-based direct democracy.


Everyone is encouraged to create literature or to download this promotional literature and distribute it in legal, ethical means, such as posting it on community bulletin boards or handing out cards in person.

If you create other literature, please contact Ed to have it posted to the promo directory.


From time to time, this project is represented at governance and/or technology conferences, as listed on the conferences page. Active members of the startup committee are encouraged to attend such conferences and network and/or speak on behalf of the project and the general goals of open source governance.

Need help?

If for any reason you have trouble with some of these participation processes, check the help section.