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The Core Collaborators

We empower you to influence how your favorite CMS evolves

Focus areas

  • Umbraco CMS pull requests
  • Responsiveness and recognition 
  • Structure, process, guidelines
  • Input, promotion and content creation
  • Guidance for hackathons
  • Contribution grooming, standard-setting and providing feedback.


  • To ensure the pull requests related to the Umbraco CMS documentation get handled in a timely manner
  • To provide and maintain clear structure and contribution guidelines 
  • To help and encourage new and returning contributors to the Umbraco CMS 
  • To ensure a transparent and open collaboration and exchange with the HQ dev team  and the other community teams
  • To encourage recurring contributors through the fostering of the friendly experiences on the repository.
  • To onboard new contributors by making the contributing process as friendly and enjoyable as possible. 

Meet the team

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Main Activities (Short term and ongoing)

  • To communicate effectively about contributions and surrounding processes by improving contributing guidelines on GitHub and making them friendly for first-time contributors.
  • Engaging with, onboarding, and coaching new contributors to the CMS
  • Providing support to Hackathons in a number of ways:
    • Page about Hackathons with guidelines and resources on Our as well as a GitHub page providing info (similar to meetups.md). 
    • Hackathon organizer's guide on Our.
    • Use meetups and panel discussions/festival events to inform the community about the structure of the team, achievements and future goals, as well as reaching out for input. 
  • Create a workspace for PR team and contributors to allow community members to receive answers in real-time. 
  • Set out a minimum standard for documentation for pull requests. Create an automated reply to a label we create that informs the contributor that we’re requesting more information and why.
  • Flesh out the PR templates with more to-the-point information guiding the contributor.
  • Refining the process for dealing with incoming pull requests to the Umbraco CMS in a predictable and reliable way.
  • Appointing and empowering new members to the team.
  • Organizing and holding monthly follow-up online meetings - Discuss the current state of the Umbraco CMS repository, potential improvements, and plans going forward.
  • Writing and publishing follow-up and updates blog posts on umbraco.com, including reporting on relevant metrics. 
  • Open up the monthly HQ meeting to PR team to have a community presence.
  • Promoting ‘up for grabs’.

Long Term Activities

  • Hackathons
    • Supporting hackathons to ensure that contributions at events such as those are valuable to the CMS and to reduce disappointment for contributors.
    • Redefine the purpose of Hackathons in order to focus on first-time contributors, providing them with the support and guidance they could use while attending while maintaining support for repeat contributors. 
    • Shift focus during hackathons to onboarding contributors as opposed to the number of contributions being the measure of success. 
    • A commitment to attendance/presence from HQ or team in order to provide the above support. 
  • Create a chatbot that answers FAQs on the PR team and community channel.
  • Creating webinars focusing on success stories and harnessing the experience of the community to reach out to new contributors and existing.



The team is ideally organized as a group of HQ steward and community members:

  • 1 HQ employee - steward
  • 5-8 community volunteers

With a team lead, Steward, in the center, the team is organized around fulfilling different roles according to the skillset and preferences of each.

HQ support and role

  • Ensure transparency and visibility
  • Provide coaching and training
  • Provide financial support for travel and accommodations to participate in meetings and events

The Steward's role is focused on

  • managing the team, 
  • providing the necessary support to the different members, 
  • and coordinating with the HQ dev team and the stewards of the other community teams.


The team uses a the dedicated Discord channel #contributing to communicate and the CMS issue tracker to comment and follow-up on tasks. 

In-person meetings are scheduled once a year at a team visit to Umbraco HQ in November.

Getting in touch with the Team

  • We're happy to connect with you on Twitter or Mastodon, see "Current team members" above.
  • The #contributing Discord channel is available specifically for contributors to ask questions or share remarks.

Joining the Team

  • An online application will be open once a year (a form with a link in the corresponding blog post and on Our Umbraco) 
  • Ad hoc appointments can be made in case a team member chooses to step down.

Terms of agreement

All Community Team members must abide by the Community Teams Agreement.