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Wikis, by design, thrive on collaboration.  
Wikis, by design, thrive on collaboration.  
[[AboutWiki|ArchWiki]] is a ''community'' documentation process. The contents are created ''by'' the community ''for'' the community. Contributors volunteer their time and energy to share their knowledge and skill with the community. ''All'' users are encouraged to contribute. Tasks on ArchWiki can roughly be divided into the following:
[[AboutWiki|ArchWiki]] is a collaboratively maintained Arch Linux documentation. All users are encouraged to contribute.
* Technical maintenance
If you feel capable of [[Help:Editing|editing wiki pages]], please help with [[ArchWiki:Tasks|wiki tasks]].
* Content management
* Content editing
* Content creation and [[ArchWiki Translation Team|translation]]
If you feel capable of [[Help:Editing|editing wiki pages]], please see if you can manage tasks outlined in this section.
# Flag articles with appropriate [[:Category:Template#Article status templates|article status templates]] (e.g. {{Ic|<nowiki>{{Deletion}}</nowiki>}}, {{Ic|<nowiki>{{Out of date}}</nowiki>}}, {{Ic|<nowiki>{{Translateme}}</nowiki>}}, etc.)
# Add content to [[Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:Stub|stubs]] and [[Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:Expansion|expand]] incomplete or poorly-written articles.
# [[Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:Translateme|Add]] or [[Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:Bad translation|improve]] translations; ensure that translations are in sync with each other.
# Reduce and [[Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:Merge|combine]] duplicate pages.
# Correct [[Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:Accuracy|inaccurate]] or [[Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:Out of date|outdated]] content, spelling, grammar, language, and [[Help:Style|style]].
# Reduce the number of [[Special:Categories|categories]]. Scan the wiki for similar categories that should be combined; improve wiki [[Table of Contents|navigation]].
# [[Special:UncategorizedPages|Categorize uncategorized pages]].
# Add [[Writing Article Overviews|article summary]] boxes to all articles.
# Update the [[FAQ]] with relevant questions from the forum and remove obsolete questions.
Other useful pages for cleanup:
* [[ArchWiki:Requests|Requests]]
* [[ArchWiki:Reports|Reports]]
* [[ArchWiki:Spam|Spam]]
* [[Special:BrokenRedirects|Broken redirects]]
* [[Special:DoubleRedirects|Double redirects]]
* [[Special:Shortpages|Short pages]]
In the long run, the goal is a professional and easily-navigated wiki, such that supplementary guides, documenters, etc. are unnecessary. This is a community effort, but wiki maintenance is often a tedious and thankless task. If you take on the task seriously, a formal position as a wiki maintainer may be in order. This gives the job purpose and recognition.
=== Fix and report bugs ===
=== Fix and report bugs ===

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In biology, mutualism is an interaction between two organisms from which each derives benefit. This principle also applies to proactive members of the Arch community wanting to get involved and contribute to their favorite Linux distribution. This participation benefits not only the community member and their fellow Archers, but all users of free and open source software.

Official Arch Linux project

Post on the forums

One of the easiest ways to get involved is participating in the Arch Linux Forums, which allow getting to know the community and help new users. Please get accustomed with Forum Etiquette first.

Edit the wiki

Wikis, by design, thrive on collaboration.

ArchWiki is a collaboratively maintained Arch Linux documentation. All users are encouraged to contribute.

If you feel capable of editing wiki pages, please help with wiki tasks.

Fix and report bugs

Reporting and fixing bugs on the bug tracker is one of the possible ways to help the community. However, ineffective use can be counter-productive. Please read the bug reporting guidelines.

Create and adopt AUR packages

The Arch User Repository contains community-made package scripts so that users can easily install software that is not in the official repositories. Popular packages get included into the official [community] repository. You can help by creating and adopting packages.

Official Arch Linux projects

You can get involved in the development of official Arch Linux software projects.


There are yearly and monthly events for bugfixing, translating and cleanup. You can find forthcoming events in the Arch Linux Event Calendar.

Arch Linux survives because of the tireless efforts of many people in the community and the core development circle. None of us are paid for our work, and we don't have the personal funds to sustain server costs ourselves.

Community projects

Arch has a vital and active community of software developers and contributing projects. If you have a project you would like to link to, this is a great place to do it. Include a link to your project, the date your project started, and a brief (one or two sentence) description of your project.

Note: All projects listed here are community projects. None of these projects are considered official Arch projects.

Arch Based Distributions

Other distributions based on Arch Linux

AUR Helpers

Utilities to aid end users in using the AUR

Pacman GUI Frontends

Graphical front-ends for pacman

Rc.conf GUI Frontends

Graphical front-ends for rc.conf


Projects that do not quite fit into any existing category

Google Earth Arch user map
A third-party package repository and online discussion board for Arch Linux pro-audio users
@archlinux.us emails, Gmail based
Arch Linux Blogs
Mobile access to the @archlinux.us emails
Local meet-up for users.
Arch Linux group for users and professionals.
namcap is an utility for Arch Linux which helps in automatic detection of common mistakes and errors in PKGBUILDs. This page is an automatically generated report obtained after running namcap against the core, extra and community trees.
An ALPM package and PKGBUILD parser in Python
Xyne's contributions to the Arch Linux community