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Contributing doesn't always mean having CVS commit accesscoding. In fact, some of the best open source contributors never have CVS code commit access. In order for SiteMesh to be successful, we rely on help in many areas other than writing software. These include:

  • Submitting bug reports (with patches!)
  • Writing documentation (esp. especially based on common issues in the forums)
  • Helping out in the forums


Becoming a developer for SiteMesh is on an invite-only basis. The project leaders look for people who have submitted bug reports (with patches), helped out with writing documentation, and stay active in the community forums. In addition to all these, developers must demonstrate a strong desire to see the project be succesfulsuccessful. This is typically done by staying in touch with the project leaders, following up on reported bugs, and generally offering assistance.