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# Contributing

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Our users have a wonderful perspective into our documentation that our staff do not. 
It's easy for people who have been using it for a while
to forget how impenetrable some of this material can be. As such, we 
greatly welcome feedback and contributions of all kinds:
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suggested changes,
fixes to existing material,
and bug reports are all welcome.

## Contributor Agreement

By contributing,
you agree that we may redistribute your work under [our license](LICENSE.md).

## How to Contribute a Fix or Suggested Change

The easiest way to get started is to file an issue
to tell us about a spelling mistake,
some awkward wording,
or a factual error.

1.  If you do not have access to [UNL's GitLab instance][http://git.unl.edu],
    you can [send us comments by email][contact].
    However,
    we will be able to respond more quickly if you use one of the other methods described below.

2.  If you have access to [UNL's GitLab instance][http://git.unl.edu],
    but do not know how to use Git,
    you can report problems or suggest improvements by [creating an issue][issues].
    This allows us to assign the item to someone
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    and to respond to it in a threaded discussion. Detailed information on creating 
    issues can be found in the [GitLab Documentation](https://docs.gitlab.com/ee/user/project/issues/managing_issues.html)
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3.  If you are comfortable with Git,
    and would like to add or change material,
    you can submit a pull request (PR).
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    Instructions for doing this are [included below](#using-gitlab).
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## Where to Contribute - Needs changes
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1.  If you wish to change the template used for workshop websites,
    please work in <https://github.com/swcarpentry/workshop-template>.
    The home page of that repository explains how to set up workshop websites,
    while the extra pages in <https://swcarpentry.github.io/workshop-template>
    provide more background on our design choices.

2.  If you wish to change CSS style files, tools,
    or HTML boilerplate for lessons or workshops stored in `_includes` or `_layouts`,
    please work in <https://github.com/swcarpentry/styles>.

## What to Contribute

There are many ways to contribute,
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from contributing additional documentation topics or submitting software specific job examples, 
to updating or adding to existing documentation and submitting [bug reports][issues]
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about things that don't work, aren't clear, or are missing.

Comments on issues and reviews of pull requests are just as welcome:
we are smarter together than we are on our own.
Reviews from novices and newcomers are particularly valuable:
so fresh eyes are always welcome.

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## Using GitLab
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The best way to submit proposed changes is:
1. Create a fork of the HCC docs repository.
    - [Documentation on how to fork a project](https://docs.gitlab.com/ee/gitlab-basics/fork-project.html)
2. Clone your forked repository and commit changes.
    - [Details on setting up a Hugo environment on your personal machine](README.md)
3. Submit a merge request between your fork and the main HCC docs repository.
    - [How to submit a merge request](https://docs.gitlab.com/ee/gitlab-basics/add-merge-request.html)
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## Other Resources

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If you have any questions or feedback, please contact us at hcc-support@unl.edu.