Like what we do? Want to help out? Here are some easy ways to lend a hand with libcom.org.
If you like what we do and think that libcom.org is a worthwhile project, we’d love you to help us out. The site is maintained and funded entirely by volunteers. As such we appreciate any assistance anyone can give.
We could do with some help in the following areas, and if you think you can do anything within these areas or any others (even its just suggestions), please get in contact - either here or ideally in our Feedback forum.
Spreading the word about the site is always appreciated. Liking or tweeting our content, or sharing it on other social media websites like Facebook, Reddit and StumbleUpon is great, as is linking to libcom.org or to particular section/articles from your own website, blog etc.
A great way to spread libcom's content is to syndicate content from our site - see our RSS feeds at the bottom of each index.
We also encourage people to add links to our content on relevant pages on online discussion forums, newspaper comment sections and editable websites. For instance, libcom.org hosts many historical texts that can be used as evidence citations for assertions made on various Wikipedia pages or listed in the external links sections. We do not encourage spamming, but only relevant placement where it might enrich content or discussions.
This is always useful, as we need money to pay our host, and also pay for advertising like leaflets etc. With our upgrade our hosting costs have increased 20-fold, so donations are especially appreciated. You can donate to us here.
We aren't super geeks. We are always looking for people to help us with technical tasks, or even just advise us on stuff we don't understand. So if you have technological wizardry, please let us know how you can help or ask us for more info.
Websites can go offline unannounced anytime, so if you can have articles from our site up on yours (with a reference link to us too) then that can help assure that the information will always be available. Also if you would be able to mirror our entire site please contact us.
Please feel free to register on the site, and post any comments to articles or forum topics which interest you, even if it's just to thank the author for posting up a text which you have enjoyed. The forums can also be used to discuss issues which affect you, or about prominent news stories of the day. libcom.org relies upon a community of posters to maintain its social nature: without active users it could not function.
We especially welcome people with workplace disputes with their employers who might like advice on how to proceed with overcoming them, or to share how they overcame their specific issue. However, take care to protect your real life identity.
If you spot any errors on our site, like typos or wrong dates, or if you see an article which could be formatted better or have additional hyperlinks to related texts please edit it. See our guidelines on editing articles. We would also like people to add relevant images to any articles that lack them. Edits then go in to a moderation queue. If you don't feel confident editing directly, post a comment to let us know about the error.
The more quality information the site holds, the better a resource it is. You can help with the content of the site in two ways – either whenever you have a spare moment or by becoming a regular contributor. We are happy for any and all contributions. However, for interested parties we do have a style guide with information about the main kind of content, focus and tone we are aiming for.
We particularly desire articles written from a libertarian class struggle perspective of between 400 and 2,000 words for the news, history and library sections. Have a browse through the section for important ideas which are missing or pages which could be improved on. Please also feel free to write and submit your own news to our news page, post up interesting stories you have found elsewhere, or scan texts which you have access to. For any interesting articles you have which don’t look like they fit anywhere, there’s always our library.
If you want to and have the time, you can become one of our contributors. Contributors have access to additional site functions, and can take responsibility for several different areas of the site:
News – write, find, edit and submit news regularly to keep it up-to-date and provide a quality resource for libertarian news and analysis. Adopt-A-source - if you help out with, or particularly like one publication or website you can take responsibility for posting all relevant news from it to our site.
Topics – adopt a feature - if there is a particular topic you are interested in, such as ID Cards, say, we can help set up a feature page and give you access to it to keep it updated
Library – become a libcom librarian! Find obscure or interesting articles, books and documents and make them available to all. We have a wish list of sites we want to archive here, take a quick look and if you have 10 minutes here or there, post an article across.
History - we have a list of topics we need history articles about here. So please have a look and you can either post existing articles to the history section, or maybe take some time to write one yourself.
Anything else – if you want to help out with any other sections on a regular basis email us and we can sort something out.
We are always looking to expand our pool of libcom bloggers. If you would like to blog on and at least semi-regular basis please request a blog here. You can also set up a libcom blog to duplicate your existing blog.
So help OCRing PDF documents in the library into text, as well as help turning text documents into PDF, mobi and epub formats is very much appreciated. You can download OCR software online (often you get free trials, for example with Trapeze).
You can just click to edit articles to upload the new formats. If you want to do this on a regular basis let us know so we can increase your permissions to speed up the process.
If you have a scanner, any help scanning new documents for the library would be great (if you don't have one, you can just use your smartphone, and an app). Or if you have old leaflets/pamphlets/books you no longer need you can donate them to us so we can scan them and put them online. So please get in touch.
If you have artistic or design skills, and would like to help out with our site, we would love to hear from you. Please post in our feedback forum or send us an e-mail.