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There are many different things our members can do to help, a list of some suggestions is below.
If you are not yet a member but agree with our aims you can
join now, it's free! If you have any questions or
want to suggest a project for Convergence International e-mail
Simply go to our tell a friend form and enter the e-mail
address of someone you think would be interested in Convergence. We will then send them
brief details about Convergence, a copy of which you can see on the tell a friend page.
If they aren't interested and don't join Convergence we will not contact them again.
If you have a web site you can use our special "sticker" logo to link to the Convergence
web site or the non-Wintel news service. A choice of stickers and full details, including
example HTML, is available on our sticker page.
Mention that you are a member of Convergence International in your e-mail sig and give
our URL (http://www.convergence.org/) then everyone you write an e-mail to will be able
to find out about Convergence if they are interested. Also if you post to usenet you can
do the same in your usenet sig.
This is currently a priority:
We will soon be publicly launching CIhoo, our
new non-Wintel Yahoo style search engine. You can help by collecting or submitting your own
lists of interesting non-Wintel web sites, or visiting web sites you think should be included
and writing a short description and a set of keywords. If you are interested then e-mail
Convergence aim to provide extensive information on supported platforms, as an
introduction for people who are new to the platform, as a central reference for people
who already use the platform, and as a pool of information for use and linking to from
other parts of the Convergence web site.
So far we have sections on three of the platforms we support:
You could either help by expanding on these existing sections, or creating new sections
for other supported platforms (Acorn, Apple, ARM, NCs etc).
If you speak a language other than English you could could translate some or all of the web
site into your native language. We currently have people doing French and German
translations, but more members who can translate into any language would be welcome.
You can volunteer just to translate one or two pages, a whole section, or even the whole
If you can spend a few minutes every day looking for interesting news items relating to
a non-Wintel platform you could help add items to the Convergence International non-Wintel
news service. Updates are done via a script, all you have to
do is write a brief description and headline and provide the URL of the original story.
We are especially keen to find an Apple user or users to work on Apple related news as this
platform seems to generate most news.
If you had time for an ongoing translation project you could help provide the non-Wintel
news service in languages other than English. This would require you to translate news
item summaries once or twice a day, and possibly look for original stories in the same
language. A translated version of the non-Wintel news service would be a major project and
unless many members want to get involved it is unlikely to happen in the near future.
If you enjoy helping Convergence and have enough time, after helping with one of the above
projects you could get involved with the day to day management of Convergence. For example
communicating with members, promoting Convergence, writing the newsletter, looking after
parts of the web site, coordinating other member projects, etc.
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