The Alaveteli Community

If you are running an Alaveteli installation — or are thinking of setting one up — let the community help.

We actively help people set up and run Alaveteli instances all around the world. Alaveteli is more than just software, it’s also a community of people who care enough about Freedom of Information (FoI) to build and run sites to benefit the public.

If you’re just starting out, or you’ve already got your site up and running, this page points you at the places you can find out more, ask questions, or just say hi.

Project mailing lists

We have two mailing lists (actually Google Groups). It’s OK to sign up to both!

  • The Alaveteli user group is where those of us already running FoI sites ask questions, make announcements, encourage, sympathise, and welcome newcomers into the community. It is also where you can read the Community Update newsletter from the mySociety team.

  • The Alaveteli mailing list for devs where the technical things about Alaveteli, its codebase and related software get discussed. If you’re planning on contributing to the codebase or are involved in maintaining the systems your site is running on, jump in here!

In both cases, feel free to ask questions. Lots of helpful people are on these lists — not just mySociety staff but also people (like you!) running their own sites.

The archives are a good source of information too. If you’ve got a problem, it’s always worth checking to see if someone has already solved it.

So if you’re just starting out, saying hello on the mailing list is a great way to begin. :-)

Alaveteli users mailing list

Alaveteli for developers mailing list

mySociety international team

mySociety has very limited capacity to run a handful of Alaveteli sites for willing volunteers. Contact our international team for more information.

Slack

alaveteli.slack.com

mySociety developers and re-users can be found on the Alaveteli Slack, and unlike on IRC there’s a handy history feature built in so that conversations can more easily take place across time zones (hello again Australia, we missed you!). Contact us for an invite.

Once you’ve got an account you can still use your IRC client if you wish.

IRC

irc.freenode.net #mysociety

#mysociety — If you prefer not to use Slack, you can join the #mysociety channel on Freenode (irc.freenode.net) …although that channel can be rather quiet. :)

Code and issues on github

The Alaveteli software is on github and we actively use github’s issues — sometimes there’s discussion on specific issues in there too, which can be handy (especially if it’s an issue you’ve raised).

Documentation

Although asking a human is great, often what you want to know can be found in the documentation: