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Any team member with a GitHub account can make pull requests to change any part of the guidebook.

Ideally, pull requests should be assigned to team members who are subject matter experts. For example, changes to the license file were assigned to a lawyer (who happens to be a copyleft and FLOSS expert). If you're not sure who to assign the PR too, you might want to ask in the #docs channel in Slack.

Governance driven by practice area and working groups

We encourage each team at CivicActions (such as a working group or practice area) to take ownership over their respective documentation. To that end, changes to files in certain directories require at least one review and approval from a member of the respective team, and members of those teams will be notified of that PR. For example, changes to the engineering directory requires at least one review and approval from a member of the Engineering Team.

These teams are listed on GitHub as subteams of the main CivicActions team. If you want to join one of those teams, you can go to the team page and "Request to join". A maintainer of that team will receive a notification and can approve you.

The CODEOWNERS file in the top level of this repo:

  • Maps the governance of subdirectories to their respective GitHub teams and CivicActions practice areas.
  • Automatically assigns pull requests to that team for review, when a PR is submitted that.

GitHub team management is an ongoing responsibility of the Docs working group. They can add someone to a team via the subteam page by clicking Add a member.

This page was last updated on November 3, 2023.