Announcing the Microsoft 365 Community Docs

April 7, 2020
The original article is published on the Microsoft Tech Community SharePoint Blog.

The strength of the SharePoint community is one of the primary drivers for the platform’s success over the last 15-20 years. As the community has grown and strengthened, there has been a plethora of content available to end users and developers from Microsoft, MVPs, and bloggers of all experience levels.  

The SharePoint Developer Documents (sp-dev-docs) have become the proven community model for content creation and management. This community-driven repository of content has become a valuable source for developer information and a feedback mechanism for the product groups. 

We are now expanding the reach of our community‘s involvement with the Microsoft 365 Community Docs. Our goal is to harness the same community energy and the expertise of the people who are true implementers and practitioners of all aspects of Microsoft 365: the citizen developers, power users, site admins, end users, and other heroes who configure and use the platform to solve important business challenges every single day. 

Join us! 

We want to hear your voice and your perspective. Tell us about your realworld stories of solving business problems. Share with others how you use Microsoft 365If you have solution for needs specific to your industry, we would love to hear it.  Contribute scenarios to help others understand what possibilities are available. 

We aren't trying to replace any existing documentation. What we'll be really excited to see is different ways you use the myriad of services across Microsoft 365 to solve your day to day problems. The inventiveness of this community is astounding; let's lift the bushel and let our light shine ever more brightly. 

We are excited to widen the scope of the effort and encourage everyone in the community to use the content as a set of resources as well as consider contributing to it. We expect the structure of the Microsoft 365 community docs to evolve over time as we receive more and more contributions from experienced practitioners who have been working with SharePoint for many years. 

How do I contribute? 

Want to get started? Not familiar with GitHub? This article shows you the way: Welcome to the Microsoft 365 Community Docs.  

Still confused or need some help? Simply create an issue with your questions and we will work to help you out. If you see issues you can help with or have other content ideas, please submit an issue in the GitHub repo. Note: “Issues” may sound intimidating, but it's the mechanism to provide input and feedback on the GitHub platform. When you add an issue, you can choose from several templates: Question, Article Suggestion, or Article Issue. 

We believe the community-driven content model has been a tremendous success in the past and that this new set of docs will be another success for the entire community. Join us on this journey, and we will all succeed together. Remember: Sharing Is Caring! 

Thanks to everyone who has already contributed! Every month on the PnP calls we will list the contributors, and you will be listed in the blog posts about the effort. 

 

Why should I contribute? What’s in it for me? 

Oftentimes, people wonder how they can become more active in the community. We hope this effort will become another “on ramp” where people can direct their energy – and this community has plenty of energy! 

  • If you don't consider yourself a writer, but you have ideas for articles you wish were out there, add your ideas in to the mix. 
  • If you'd like some help writing something, we'll find you someone to work with you to turn your thoughts into a valuable resource. 
  • If you're a blogger and have a favorite article or two, consider contributing them to give your work a longer life. 
  • If you're an MVP, why not use this as yet another way to offer the community your expertise? 
  • Get some recognition for what you know in the PnP calls and blog posts.  

This isn't a one-size-fits-all idea: bring your energy and we will help you figure out how you can help.


Got feedback or suggestions on this model? – Please do let us know! 

 

 

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