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Finding Open Source Projects Looking For Help?

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the matchmaker-matchmaker-gnu-make-me-a-match dept.

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aus writes "I've been doing web development for about 10 years now. It's been very good to me, but I want to do more than write HTML, PHP, JavaScript and CSS. Since the job market isn't all that great right now in the US, it would seem that volunteering some time on an open source project would give me the satisfaction I'm looking for. The problem is finding a project that wants/needs help that I would also be interested in. I've tried browsing around on Sourceforge and Freshmeat ... is there a site somewhere that I'm not aware of that has classifieds where open source project maintainers post 'job' listings?"

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Find project you like or use (5, Insightful)

tokul (682258) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793184)

Find project you like or use and start contributing. Or ask them if they need any help.

The Cathedral and the Mustard Jar (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793198)

One time when Eric S. Raymond was young he got a small jar of mustard stuck up his ass. It was so far up there that he had to go to the doctors to have it removed. When the doctor went in for an exploratory he could not find the mustard jar.
"How far is it up inside you?", the doctor asked him.
"It's deep in there," Eric said, "keep looking."
The doctor then proceeded to reach farther into his anal cavity, but still no jar.
"I can't seem to reach it," the doc said. "I think we will have to do an x-ray, to see whereabouts in your ass the jar is located."
"No. That's okay," he said back to the doctor, "I just wanted you to stick your hand up my ass. That's all."
After that the hospital banned him from coming back, but the doctor was from that point forward a valued contributor to open-source.

Re:The Cathedral and the Mustard Jar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793572)

That's funny -- classic Raymond! He's mostly grown up and doesn't do too much wild and crazy shit but when he starts drinking, all bets are off!

Re:Find project you like or use (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793352)

" but I want to do more that"

More THAT?

What the fuck is it with you dumbass Americans? I see "more THAT" all the fucking time, all over the internet.

It's "more THAN", fucking idiots.

Re:Find project you like or use (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793416)

It's "a typo", fucking Eurofag spelling Nazi.

Turing word: pathetic
In a sentence: It's "a typo", pathetic fucking Eurofag spelling Nazi.

Re:Find project you like or use (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793466)

actually you're the dumb moose turd. If you are going to rant and correct someone, at least make sure YOU are correct. Which YOU weren't.

I think he was aiming for 'but I want to do more THAN THAT',....tea sniffing ass hat....

Re:Find project you like or use (1)

fotoguzzi (230256) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793428)

I don't think that is the answer the OP is looking for. What he wants is for someone to mention the site somewhere that has classifieds where open source project maintainers post 'job' listings that was mentioned on slashdot not so long ago.

Re:Find project you like or use (5, Informative)

dotancohen (1015143) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793450)

Find project you like or use and start contributing. Or ask them if they need any help.

Most of the big ones do have "help us here" pages, such as KDE:
http://techbase.kde.org/Contribute [kde.org]

And another KDE page for those just starting out:
http://techbase.kde.org/Contribute/Junior_Jobs [kde.org]

So either the OP needs those links, or he is looking for smaller projects to help with. Here, let me suggest some small-project tools that I use that could use the help:
Anki, flash card application: http://ichi2.net/anki/index.html [ichi2.net]
Zim, desktop wiki: http://zim-wiki.org/ [zim-wiki.org]
Gmail Conversation View for Thunderbird: http://github.com/protz/GMail-Conversation-View/issues [github.com]
Vimperator/Muttator: http://vimperator.org/ [vimperator.org]
Redshift, change screen colour per time of day: http://jonls.dk/redshift/ [jonls.dk]

Re:Find project you like or use (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793476)

did you even read what the topic was about? that's exactly what he is trying to do. In this persons case, he knows he wants to contribute, but he is looking for a place the index's open source projects and can find job descriptions.

Re:Find project you like or use (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793778)

The project BlogoText has been quite dead for some years, but a french developper (Timo, aka le hollandais volant) has begun to re-develop him. You can help him if you want.

Re:Find project you like or use (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793916)

OWASP always has projects going on all the time.

http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:OWASP_Project

Re:Find project you like or use (3, Interesting)

skids (119237) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793970)

Seconded. You'll have at least a 50% hit rate as far as them needing help -- almost all projects want help, and about half are set up culturally and technically to take on new developers.

So pick the project first. If it doesn't need help, pick another. You'll find one soon enough.

Re:Find project you like or use (1)

phyr (586855) | more than 3 years ago | (#32794616)

If you are interested in remote sensing or image processing, please contribute to an ESA open source project such as NEST [esa.int] BEAM [brockmann-consult.de] or PolSARPro [esa.int]

Re:Find project you like or use (1)

reiisi (1211052) | more than 3 years ago | (#32794800)

Yeah, and how far down did I have to scroll, to find a post mentioning sourceforge?

Many of the opensource projects hosts have a place to post help-wanted notices. Many projects post requests for help.

My projects don't have requests for help because I'm not sure what kind of help I want with them, but anyone interested is welcome to volunteer.

stackoverflow (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793188)

stackoverflow features some user submitted ads for open source projects.

Here, have some links (4, Informative)

badpazzword (991691) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793482)

FOSS advertisements currently running:
http://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/53346/open-source-advertising-sidebar-2h-2010

FOSS advertisements that have run until recently (but probably still can do with some help):
http://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/31913/open-source-advertising-sidebar-1h-2010-closed

Sorta Kinda Maybe (3, Interesting)

Cylix (55374) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793206)

In the volunteer aspect it is more of a passion based decision than an recruitment oriented process. My advice is find something you both care about and also feel the site in question needs improvement. Next, simply hop on the forums or news feed and offer your services. It doesn't necessarily hurt to have some material already developed to get the discussion flowing.

Higher profile is probably going to be a bit more difficult so you may not want to go looking for the top 10 applications of all time. Those circles (even of volunteers) tend to be more work to edge your way into responsibility. Still, my experience has been very positive with contributions and generally working with a project I do not own. I had a good deal of fun one weekend with a BitPim developer banging out support for my phone.

If you need explicit areas where your talents could probably be used I highly recommend seeing if you can get the guys over at http://www.memtest.org/ [memtest.org] to let you revamp their page. The program is nice, but the web page is atrocious.

Does anyone else have any suggestions for who needs a make over? (That could be a reality series television show!)

Re:Sorta Kinda Maybe (1)

Eudial (590661) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793246)

What's wrong with that web page? The fact that the design is minimal indicates that they're all about the engineering aspect of programming instead of about how things look, that the project has been around for a long time, and that it possibly has roots in academia. That's exactly the message they should be broadcasting. Not "I've done some PHP programming so project webpage looks awesome and now I found a C tutorial telling me how to write hello world and extended it to mess about with your hardware."

Re:Sorta Kinda Maybe (1)

Cylix (55374) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793426)

At a point a seasoned project should have something a bit better then one page scrolls for eternity. Maybe I want to quickly find the change logs or look at the latest screen shots?

Just because something is better then minimalistic does not mean the project has no engineering merit. It's not a bias slider that prevents any meaningful development.

Re:Sorta Kinda Maybe (1)

TigerWolf2 (1028898) | more than 3 years ago | (#32794656)

I agree about there not being anything wrong with the website. Its simple and if you need to get any particular piece of information you click the link at the top. The common functions are easy to get to; If I want to download the product I click the link and im then shown the types I want to download. If I go to the website im not likely to want more information than reading one section unless I want to go indepth

X.org (3, Funny)

siride (974284) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793214)

Please someone help X.org. They need it pretty bad.

Re:X.org (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793404)

could you expound on this?

Re:X.org (1)

siride (974284) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793500)

Yeah, pretty much everything in their stack needs some love. They have little manpower and a lot to do and it's pretty damn critical for Linux to be successful on the desktop.

Re:X.org (1)

xmorg (718633) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793606)

How about the bug where the mouse focus sticks on the left click? haha. Fully updated on freebsd and it still sticks. also noticed ubuntu users having the same problem.

Re:X.org (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32794130)

Wait. The focus is not supposed to stick to the same GC while one button of the point device is down?

Please let X11 die (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32794482)

Android is on the rise, and it uses the Linux framebuffer. Please let X11 die, along with some other old Linux technologies.

All of them (2, Insightful)

ultrabot (200914) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793216)

All open source projects are hiring - just find a program you like that has a bug or omission. If it's useful for your day job, even better.

Re:All of them (1)

I'm Not There (1956) (1823304) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793322)

Actually, there's no need for a site listing open source jobs, because most of the time the contributer should be the user of the project, so you should keep looking at your own softwares, not a list of open source projects.

Not All of them (3, Informative)

rundgong (1575963) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793910)

All of them are not looking for help.
Not all open source software are open source because of the community collaboration aspect of it.
Some people just want to do their thing and work at it alone but for various reasons want to publish the source (ideological reasons, bragging rights, looks good on a resume, etc.)

I don't know how common this is, but it definitely exist.

Another reason a OSS project might not really be "hiring" is that it is half dead. It has a TODO list but it didn't make a release in a couple of years and there is no obvious activity that indicate another release is coming. If you are looking to make a meaningful contribution this is maybe not the project you are looking for.

idea (5, Insightful)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793218)

use your mad php/css/html/js skillz to make a website where people can find projects that need help.

Re:idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793658)

You mean a list of all opensource projects?

Re:idea (3, Interesting)

johne_ganz (750500) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793726)

If I had any moderator points, you'd get them. I think this comment is more insightful than it appears at first glance. While I applaud the articles root authors desire to help an open source project, it is a slightly different way of approaching the problem. Maybe the best way the root author can help open source projects is to "meta-help" them- make it easier for open source projects that need help in areas that are beyond their skill sets to connect with people willing to provide that help. For example, in my open source project, I've got the programming, HTML, and documentation needs pretty much covered. However, I do need help with the following:

o Art. I can't draw stick figures. But I do need a few pieces of art such as an "Icon" in various forms and resolutions. Possibly a few "icons", such as a "represents the whole project", and an icon for different sub-projects (i.e., something like Mozilla -> Firebird, Thunderbird).

o Translation. It would be nice to do some internationalization. There's actually a few levels to this, as well. There's some relatively simple tasks, such as localizing approximately two dozen run time error messages, all the way up to a major undertaking like localization of the documentation.

There's obviously a few more high level categories that apply to most projects as well (porting, testing on platforms not readily available to the developers, etc). So, maybe some kind of "open source job site" where project owners can post "jobs" and include details like the type of license that is required for any contributions.

Openhatch (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793226)

This might be useful

https://openhatch.org/

Nolambar

Re:Openhatch (2, Informative)

Mike.lifeguard (1313559) | more than 3 years ago | (#32794434)

OpenHatch is pretty sweet, but it is fairly unknown at present. I've had only one bite and it didn't materialize into any help at all. I'm hopeful the project will expand into a useful resource for both potential contributors and the projects, but right now, it isn't so great.

How-To (4, Insightful)

ddt (14627) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793228)

Find a project with a mailing list where people are asking for a feature that is just below the radar, keeps getting put off because of more important things. Implement it, submit the patch, and pray. If no love, which is unfortunately common and even likely for new contributors, shoot video of the feature in action and send a letter out to the mailing list linking the video, and let them know where they can find the patch if they want it, start collecting and posting feedback on the patch from users.

Re:How-To (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32794038)

Getting started with GNOME would be slightly different. You would need to find a feature people currently use, and submit a patch that removes it. Perhaps you could get started by hunting down any icons that remain on buttons or in menus, and getting rid of them with extreme prejudice. If a program has any preferences, consider removing them all. If a program seems a little too useful, consider re-writing it, and if possible, create some extra background daemons in the process. Ensure that you compile or run the program yourself, let alone test it, after all, that is someone else's job, since you're the developer.

You get bonus points if you subtly break something unrelated and no-body notices. Try porting gnome-screenshot to OS X while "accidentally" fucking it up for Linux users, or something equally useless.

OpenHatch, recently covered on Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793232)

http://openhatch.org/

Happy Fourth of July! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793236)

From the most patriotic citizen of all, Old Ike!

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# Old ike

When I think of dirty old men, I think of Ike Thomas and when I think about Ike I get a hard on that won't quit.

Sixty years ago,I worked in what was once my Grandfather's Greenhouses. Gramps had died a year earlier and Grandma, now in her seventies had been forced to sell to the competition. I got a job with the new owners and mostly worked the range by myself. That summer, they hired a man to help me get the benches ready for the fall planting.

Ike always looked like he was three days from a shave and his whiskers were dirty white under the brim of his battered felt fedora.

He did nott chew tobacco but the corners of his mouth turned down in a way that, at any moment, I expected a trickle of thin, brown juice to creep down his chin. His bushy, brown eyebrows shaded pale, gray eyes.

Old Ike, he extended his hand, lifted his leg like a dog about to mark a bush and let go the loudest fart I ever heard. The old man winked at me. "Ike Thomas is the name and playing pecker's my game.

I thought he said, "Checkers." I was nineteen, green as grass. I said, "I was never much good at that game."

"Now me," said Ike, "I just love jumping men. . ."

"I'll bet you do."

". . . and grabbing on to their peckers," said Ike.

"I though we were talking about. . ."

"You like jumping old men's peckers?"

I shook my head.

"I reckon we'll have to remedy that." Ike lifted his right leg and let go another tremendous fart. "He said, "We best be getting to work."

That summer of1941 was a more innocent time. I learned most of the sex I knew from those little eight pager cartoon booklets of comic-page characters going at it. Young men read them in the privacy of an outside john, played with themselves, by themselves and didn't brag about it. Sometimes, we got off with a trusted friend and helped each other out.

Under the greenhouse glass, the temperature some times climbed over the hundred degree mark. I had worked stripped to the waist since April and was as browwn as a berry. On only his second day on the job and in the middle of August, Ike wore old fashioned overalls. Those and socks in his hightop work shoes was every stitch he wore. When he bent forward, the bib front billowed out and I could see the white curly hairs on his chest and belly.

"Me? I just love to eat pussy!"I ke licked his lips from corner to corner then stuck it out far enough that the tip could touch the tip of his nose. He said, A man's not a man till he knows first hand, the flavor of a lady's pussy."

"People do that?"

He winked. "Of course the taste of a hard cock ain't to be sneezed at neither. Now you answer me, yes or no. Does a man's cock taste salty or not?"

"I never. . ."

"Well, old Ike's willing to let you find out."

"No way."

"Just teasing," said Ike. "But don't give me no sass or I'll show you my ass." He winked. Might show it to you anyway, if you was to ask."

"Why would I do that?"

"Curiousity, maybe. I'm guessing you never had a good piece of man ass."

"I'm no queer."

"Now don't be getting judgemental. Enjoying what's at hand ain't beiing queer. It's taking pleasure where you find it with anybody willing." Ike slipped a handside the side slit of his overalls and I could tell he was fondling and straightening out his cock. Now I admit I got me a hole that satisfied a few guys."

I swallowed, hard.

Ike winked. "Care to be asshole buddies?"

***

We worked steadily until noon. Ike drew a worn pocket watch from the bib pocket of his loose overalls and croaked, "Bean time. But first its time to reel out our limber hoses and make with the golden arches before lunch."

I followed I ke to the end of the greenhouse where he stopped at the outside wall of the potting shed. He opened his fly, fished inside, and finger-hooked a soft white penis with a pouting foreskin puckered half an inch past the hidden head.

"Yes sir," breathed Ike, "this old peter needs some draining." He exhaled a sigh as a strong, yellow stream splattered against the boards and ran down to soak into the earthen floor.

He caught me looking down at him. He winked. "Like what you're viewing, Boy?"

I looked away.

"You taking a serious interest in old Ike's pecker?"

I shook my head.

"Well you just haul out yourn and let old Ike return the compliment."

Feeling trapped and really having to go, I fumbled at my fly, turned away slightly, withdrew my penis and strained to start.

"Take your time boy. Let it all hang out. Old Ike's the first to admit that he likes looking at another man's pecker." He flicked away the last drop of urine and shook his limp penis vigorously.

I tried not to look interested.

"Yer sir, this old peepee feels so good out, I just might leave it out." He turned to give me a better view.

"What if somebody walks in?"

Ike shrugged. He looked at my strong yellow stream beating against the boards and moved a step closer. "You got a nice one,boy."

I glanccd over at him. His cock was definitely larger and beginning to stick straight out. I nodded toward his crotch. "Don't you think you should put that away?"

"I got me strictly a parlor prick," said Ike. "Barely measures six inches." He grinned. "Of course it's big enough around to make a mouthful." He ran a thumb and forefinger along its length and drawing his foreskin back enough to expose the tip of the pink head. "Yersiree." He grinned, revealing nicotine stained teeth. "I t sure feels good, letting the old boy breathe."

I knew I should button up and move away. I watched his fingers moving up and down the thickening column.

"You like checking out this old man's cock?"

I nodded. In spite of myself, my cock began to swell.

"Maybe we should have ourselves a little pecker pulling party." I ke slid his fingers back and forth on his expandingshaft and winked. "I may be old but I'm not against doing some little pud pulling with a friend."

I shook my head.

"Maybe I 'll give my balls some air. Would you like a viewing of old Ike's hairy balls?"

I swallowed hard and moistened my dry lips.

He opened another button on his fly and pulled out his scrotum. "Good God, It feels good to set 'em free. Now let's see yours."

"Why?"

"Just to show you're neighborly," said Ike.

"I don't think so." I buttoned up and moved into the potting shed.

Ike followed, his cock and balls protruding from the front of his overalls. "Overlook my informality." Ike grinned. "As you can see I ain't bashful."

I nodded and took my sandwich from the brown paper bag.

"Yessir," said Ike. "I just might have to have myself an old fashioned peter pulling all by my lonesome. He unhooked a shoulder strap and let his overalls drop around his ankles.

I took a bite of my sandwich but my eyes remained on Ike.

"Yessiree," said Ike, "I got a good one if I do say so myself. Gets nearly as hard as when I was eighteen. You know why?"

I shook my head.

"Cause I keep excerising him. When I was younger I was pulling on it three time a day. Still like to do him every day I can."

"Some sayyou'll go blind if you do that too much."

"Bull-loney!" Don't you believe that shit. I been puling my pud for close to fifty years and I didn't start till I was fifteen."

I laughed.

"You laughing at my little peter, boy?"

"Your hat." I pointed to the soiled, brown fedora cocked on his head. That and his overalls draped about his ankles were his only items of apparel. In between was a chest full of gray curly hair, two hairy legs. Smack between them stood an erect, pale white cock with a tip of foreskin still hiding the head.

"I am one hairy S.O.B.," said Ike.

"I laughed at you wearing nothing but a hat."

"Covers up my bald spot," said Ike. "I got more hair on my ass than I got on my head. Want to see?"

"Your head?"

"No, Boy, my hairy ass and around my tight, brown asshole." He turned, reached back with both hands and parted his ass cheeks to reveal the small, puckered opening. "There it is, Boy, the entrance lots of good feelings. Tell me, Boy, how would you like to put it up old Ike's ass?"

"I don't think so."

"That'd be the best damned piece you ever got."

"We shouldn't be talking like this."

"C'mon now, confess, don't this make your cock perk up a little bit?"

"I reckon," I confessed.

"You ever seen an old man's hard cock before," asked Ike.

"My grandpa's when I was twelve or thirteen."

"How'd that come about?"

He was out in the barn and didn't know I was around. He dropped his pants. It was real big he did things to it. He saw me and he turned around real fast but I saw it."

"What did your grandpa do?"

"He said I shouldn't be watching him doing that. He said something like grandma 'wouldn't give him some,' that morning and that I should get out of there and leave a poor man in peace to do what he had to do."

"Did you want to join him."

"I might have if he'd asked. He didn't."

"I like showing off my cock," said Ike. "A hard-on is somethng I always been proud of. A hard-on proves a man's a man. Makes me feel like a man that can do things." He looked up at me and winked. "You getting a hard-on fromall this talk, son?"

I nodded and looked away.

"Then maybe you should pull it out and show old Ike what you got."

"We shouldn't."

"Hey. A man's not a man till he jacked off with a buddy."

I wanted to but I was as nervous as hell.

Ike grinned and fingered his pecker. "C'mon, Boy, between friends, a little cock showing is perfectly fine. Lets see what you got in the cock and balls department."

In spite of my reluctance, I felt the stirring in my crotch. I had curiositythat needed satisfying. It had been a long, long time since I had walked in on my grandfather .

"C'mon let's see it all."

I shook my head.

"You can join the party anytime, said Ike. "Just drop your pants and pump away."

I had the urge. There was a tingling in my crotch. My cock was definitely willing and I had a terrible need to ajust myself down there. But my timidity and the strangeness of it all held me back.

Hope you don't mind if I play out this hand." I ke grinned. "It feels like I got a winner."

I stared at his gnarled hand sliding up and down that pale, white column and I could not look away. I wet my lips and shook my head.

Old Ike's about to spout a geyser." Ike breathed harder as he winked. "Now if I just had a long finger up my ass. You interested, boy?"

I shook my head.

The first, translucent, white glob crested the top of his cock and and arced to the dirt floor. Ike held his cock at the base with thumb and forefinger and tightened noticably with each throb of ejaculation until he was finished.

I could not believe any man could do what he had done in front of another human being.

Ike sighed with pleasure and licked his fingers. "A man ain't a man till he's tasted his own juices."

He squatted, turned on the faucet and picked up the connected hose. He directed the water between his legs and on to his still dripping prick and milked the few remaing drops of white, sticky stuff into the puddle foming at his feet. "Cool water sure feels good on a cock that just shot its wad," said Ike.

***

"Cock-tale telling time," said Old Ike. It was the next day and he rubbed the front of his dirty,worn overalls where his bulge made the fly expand as his fingers smoothed the denim around the outline of his expanding cock.

I wasn't sure what he had in mind but I knew it wasn't something my straight-laced Grandma would approve of.

"Don't you like taking your cock out and jacking it?" Ike licked his lips.

I shook my head in denial.

"Sure you do. A young man in his prime has got to be pulling his pud."

I stared at his caloused hand moving over the growing bulge at his crotch.

"Like I said," continued Ike, "I got me barely six inches when he's standing up." He winked at me. "How much you got, son?"

"Almost seven inches. . ." I stuttered. "Last time I measured."

"And I'm betting it feels real good with your fist wrapped around it."

"I don't do. . ."

"Everybody does it." He scratched his balls and said,"I'll show you mine if you show me yours." Then, looking me in the eye, he lifted his leg like a dog at a tree and let out a long, noisy fart.

Denying that I jacked off, I said, "I saw yours yesterday."

"A man has got to take out his pecker every once in a while." He winked and his fingers played with a button on his fly. Care to join me today?"

"I don't think so."

"What's the matter, boy? You ashamed of what's hanging 'tween your skinny legs?"

"It's not for showing off."

"That would be so with a crowd of strangers but with a friend, in a friendly showdown, where's the harm?

"It shouldn't be shown to other people. My Grandma said that a long time ago when I went to the bathroom against a tree whan I was seven.

"There's nothing like a joint pulling among friends to seal a friendship," said Ike.

I don't think so." I felt very much, ill at ease.

"Then what the fuck is it for," demanded the old man. "A good man shares his cock with his friends. How old are you boy?"

"Nineteen almost twenty."

You ever fucked a woman?"

"No."

"Ever fucked a man?"

"Of course not.

"Son, you ain't never lived till you've fired your load up a man's tight ass. "I didn't know men did that to each other."

"Men shove it up men's asses men all the time. They just don't talk about it like they do pussy."

"You've done that?"

"I admit this old pecker's been up a few manholes. More than a fewhard cocks have shagged this old ass over the years." He shook his head, wistfully, "I still have a hankering for a hard one up the old dirt chute."

"I think that would hurt."

"First time, it usually does," agreed I ke. He took a bite from his sandwich.

I looked at my watch. Ten minutes of our lunch hour had already passed.

"We got time for a quickie," said Ike. "There's no one around to say, stop, if were enjoying ourselves."

He unhooked the slide off the button of one shoulder-strap, pushed the bib of his overalls down to let them fall to his feet.

"Showtime," said Ike. Between his legs, white and hairy, his semi-hard cock emerged from a tangled mass of brown and graypubic hair. The foreskin, still puckered beyond the head of the cock, extended downward forty-five degrees from the horizontal but was definitely on the rise.

I could only stare at the man. Until the day before, I had never seen an older man with an erection besides my grandpa.

Ike moved his fingers along the stalk of his manhood until the head partially emerged, purplish and broad. He removed his hand for a moment and it bobbled obscenely in the subdued light of the potting shed. Ike leaned back against a bin of clay pots like a model on display. "Like I said, boy, it gets the job done."

I found it difficult not to watch. "You shouldn't. . ."

"C'mon, boy. Show Ike your peckeer. I'm betting it's nice and hard."

I grasped my belt and tugged on the open end. I slipped the waistband button and two more before pushing down my blue jeans and shorts down in one move. My cock bounced and slapped my belly as I straightened."

"That's a beaut." Ike stroked his pale, white cock with the purplish-pink head shining. "I'm betting it'll grow some more if you stroke it."

"We really shouldn't. . ."

"Now don't tell me you never stroked your hard peter with a buddy."

"I've done that," I finally admitted,. "But he was the same age as me and it was a long time ago." I though back to the last time Chuck and me jerked each other off in the loft of our old barn. Chuck wanted more as a going away present and we had sucked each other's dicks a little bit.

"Jackin's always better when you do it with somebody," said Ike. "Then you can lend each other a helping hand."

"I don't know about that," I said.

Ike's hand continued moving on his old cock as he leaned over to inspect mine. "God Damn! Boy. That cock looks good enough to eat." Ike licked his lips. "You ever had that baby sucked?"

I shook my head as I watched the old man stroke his hard, pale cock.

"Well boy, I'd sayyou're packing a real mouthful for some lucky gal or guy." He grinned. "Well c'mon. Let's see you get down to some serious jacking. Old Ike's way ahead of you."

I wrapped my fist around my stiff cock and moved the foreskin up and over the head on the up stroke. On the down stroke the expanded corona of the angry, purple head stared obscenely at the naked old man.

Ike toyed with his modest six inches. "What do you think of this old man's cock?" His fist rode down to his balls and a cockhead smaller than the barrel stared back at mine.

"I guess I'm thinking this is like doing it with my grandpa."

"You ever wish you could a done this with your grandpa?"

"I thought about it a lot."

"Ever see him with a hard-on."

"I told you about that!"

"Ever think about him doing your grandma?"

"I can't imagine her ever doing anything with a man.

"Take my word for it, sonny, we know she did it or you wouldn't be here." Begrudgingly I nodded in agreement.

"Everybody fucks," said old Ike. "They fuck or they jack off."

"If you say so."

"Say sonny, your cocks getting real juicy with slickum. Want old I ke to lick some of it away?"

"You wouldn't."

Ike licked his lips as he kept his hand pistoning up and down his hard cock. "You might be surprised what old Ike might do if he was in the mood for a taste of what comes out of a hard cock."

And that is what he proceded to do. He sucked me dry.

Then he erupted in half-a-dozen spurts shooting out and onto the dirt floor of the potting shed. He gave his cock a flip and shucked t back into his overalls. He unwrapped a sandwich from its wax paper and procede to eat without washing his hands. He took a bite and chewed. "Nothing like it boy, a good jacking clears the cobwebs from your crotch and gives a man an appetite."

***

The following day, We skipped the peliminaries. We dropped our pants. Ike got down on his knees and sucked me until I was hard and good and wet before he stood and turned.

"C'mon boy, Shove that pretty cock up old I ke's tight, brown hole and massage old Ike's prostate.

Ike bent forward and gripped the edge of the potting bench. The lean, white cheeked buttocks parted slightly and exposed the dark brown, crinkly, puckered star of his asshole "Now you go slow and ease it along until you've got it all the way in," he cautioned. "This old ass craves your young cock but it don't want too much too soon. You've got to let this old hole stretch to accomodate you."

"Are you sure you want to do this?"

"Easy boy, easy," he cautioned. "You feel a lot bigger than you look. Put a little more spit in your cock."

"It's awfully tight. I don't know if it's going to go or not."

""It'll go," said Ike. "There's been bigger boys than you up the old shit chute."

I slipped in the the last few inches.. "It's all in."

"I can tell," said Ike. "Your cock hairs are tickling my ass."

"Are you ready," I asked.

"How are you liking old Ike's hairy asshole so far?"

"It's real tight."

"Tighter than your fist?"

"Might be."

"Ready to throw a fuck into a man that reminds you of your grandpa."

"I reckon."

"I want you should do old Ike one more favor."

"What?"

While you're pumpin my ass, would you reach around and play with my dick like you would your own? Would you do that for an old man?"

I reached around and took hold of his hard cock sticking out straight in front of him. I pilled the skin back amd then pulled it up and over the expanded glans. I felt my own cock expand inside him as I manipulated his staff in my fingers. I imagined that my cock extended through him and I was playing with what came out the other side of him.

"C'mon, boy, ram that big cock up the old shitter and make me know it. God Damn! tickle that old prostate and make old Ike come!"

I came. And I came. Ike's tightened up on my cock and I throbbed Roman Candle bursts into that brown hole as I pressed into him. His hairy, scrawny ass flattened against my crotch and we were joined as tightly as two humans can be.

"A man's not a man till he's cum in another man." said old Ike. "You made it, boy. But still, a man's not a man till he's had a hard cock poked up his ass at least once."

Every time I think of that scene, I get another hard-on. Then I remember the next day when old Ike returned the favor.

I never have managed to come that hard again. If only Ike were here.

Does it have to be coding? (4, Informative)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793240)

Some of you FOSS guys chime in here and correct me, but I bet any and every project would welcome you if you offered testing, writing testing scripts, and writing docs and help.

Re:Does it have to be coding? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793262)

testing, writing testing scripts, and writing docs and help

Yes!

One of the biggest complaints about open source apps is the documentation. Everyone wants to code it, no one wants to document it.

Re:Does it have to be coding? (0)

grumbel (592662) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793660)

However half the time it would be better to actually fix the broken uncomfortable user interface instead of documenting the brokenness and its workarounds. Documentation is nice to have, but its even better to not need them in the first place.

Re:Does it have to be coding? (1)

King InuYasha (1159129) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793290)

As for our project, Enano CMS [enanocms.org] , we'd definitely appreciate people willing to write documentation, or even translate the CMS into their own preferred language! Those are actually probably the most important tasks right now.

Though, if it is coding you're looking for, we do have coding tasks that we'd like to get done. If anyone's interested, all they have to do is hop into our IRC channel on Freenode (#enano) [irc] .

OpenHatch (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793254)

Try OpenHatch [openhatch.org] , a website that catalogues bugs needing fixin' in loads of opensource projects.

LaunchPad (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793282)

https://launchpad.net/

OpenHatch was recently covered on Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793288)

It's at http://openhatch.org/

Charity, or some kind of CMS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793318)

You can always donate sites to charities, or alternatively help develop or skin cms projects (joomla, drupal, etc..)

Every Free Software project needs help. (2, Insightful)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793342)

And most realize it. Find a project that interests you. Start using it. Download the source and play with it. Subscribe to the mailing-lists/forums etc. Once you are comfortable and think you know what is going on start filing bug reports, submitting patches, and participating in discussions. Concentrate initially on the boring stuff nobody likes to do such as sorting through old bugs and cleaning up documentation. Eventually you'll be offered commit provileges.

Re:Every Free Software project needs help. (3, Insightful)

pongo000 (97357) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793692)

But please do NOT show up one day with 50 new tickets explaining how a piece of software SHOULD have been designed, with proposals for a complete redesign. This happened recently on an F/OSS project I help with...while the guy's ideas were good, it was his manner of presentation that was off-putting. There is no way in hell I will give this guy commit privs with the gangbuster attitude he has. In fact, I politely suggested to him that a fork off our project might be better to suit his goals.

If you present yourself as a threat to the project's developers, you will never get commit privs, and most likely your suggestion will just end up in the "blue-sky" milestone. Constructive criticism has its place, but it's all in how you present it.

Re:Every Free Software project needs help. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793846)

In fact, I politely suggested to him that a fork off our project might be better to suit his goals.

Don't fork off mad, just fork off.

Re:Every Free Software project needs help. (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 3 years ago | (#32794516)

Good points. You may feel that major changes are needed (and you may be right) but before you suggest them you must gain credibility.

Be a part of the community. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793362)

Pick a community you like and become a part of it. Make a name for yourself by fixing bugs and finding solutions to problems. Practically any open source project is willing to accept help.

freenode (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793412)

Most projects maintain a developer community on irc.freenode.net. Join a few developer channels and chat start chatting with the devs. Casual conversation of improvements, bugs, and features they are working on are very common. Its a great way to get involved with a project and start contributing.

pleaseforkme.com (4, Interesting)

rbrant (1848396) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793438)

I created pleaseforkme.com with the intention of solving this problem..just haven't had time to get people into using it!

Here its the other way around, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793470)

We at transposh are always looking for people with your skills willing to help, if we had put the question out it would have probably been in reverse, where does an open source project find people willing to help with a good set of skills.

However - my guess is that every open source project will be willing to accept help, this is one of the major reasons to go open source, so just find yourself an active project with nice people and get some coding done!

Re:Here its the other way around, (1)

paulproteus (112149) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793754)

Two suggestions for you on that front.

  • Use a tag to mark certain bugs as "good for newcomers." GNOME has been doing this for years, and a bunch of other projects do it, too. If you want you can get them included in the OpenHatch index [openhatch.org] .
  • Make sure your web page says you want help! If you want to make this really easy, just add a big button for prospective helpers to click. One way to do that is to grab our big green button [openhatch.org] .

OpenHatch, an "open source involvement engine" (5, Informative)

paulproteus (112149) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793480)

OpenHatch [openhatch.org] , a website I help run, exists to help people find ways they can contribute to free and open source software.

(It was covered on Slashdot a few weeks ago [slashdot.org] .)

We have a few things that you might like:

  • The volunteer opportunity finder [openhatch.org] , a listing of free software projects' "bitesized" buts, organized by project, language, or type of help wanted (e.g. writing documentation). We index thousands of bugs from hundreds of projects.
  • The "I want to help!" button, a way to express interest in helping a project even if you don't know what to do. For an example, check out the people who want to help GNU social [openhatch.org] .
  • Project pages like Gally's [openhatch.org] , where existing contributors have written about what kind of help they want.

If you want to work on a project which has contributors in your area (maybe you want to get together for a hackathon, or to ask questions about how something in the code works), check out the ubiquitous People Map. You can see everyone on the site [openhatch.org] or browse by project or skill.

OpenHatch is itself free software, and we have a small and growing volunteer contributor base. (-:

Let us know what you do or don't like!

Re:OpenHatch, an "open source involvement engine" (1)

paulproteus (112149) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793484)

Erm, "bitesized bugs", not "bitesized buts". What an embarrassing typo (but I guess it could have been worse.)

Re:OpenHatch, an "open source involvement engine" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793716)

"could not connect to openhatch.org"

Yeah, much worse.

Re:OpenHatch, an "open source involvement engine" (1)

mrmeval (662166) | more than 3 years ago | (#32794628)

I will look at it. I'm reasonably competent at running a gdb trace and some other tools. What I personally need is to have a specific distribution such as Fedora 13 with ALL the debugging turned on and any optimizations that will kill debugging turned off. I'm willing to run a VM with as many as it takes, do the grunt work of regressions etc. But there's a limit to what I can do on my own. If it's turnkey and mostly automated or I have detailed instructions then I can do it. I am not a coder but there needs to be a tool that can take all the standardized outputs of lspci lsusb, etc, etc and format them in a consistent manner for upload.

Octave needs webdevs! (3, Interesting)

Digana (1018720) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793534)

You're a webdev? I know you said you don't want to keep doing that, but what else are you happy doing?

Right now, GNU Octave is looking to rebrand itself and is starting a website to rival Matlab Central [bitbucket.org] . The The Octave-Forge [sf.net] pages also need help, and a hot new designer star just recently came along who is helping us with logo and brand image design. His name is Fotios Kasolis.

You could do a lot of good if you got involved with us. Plus, Octave itself is interesting if you're into mathematics and numerical analysis.

They pretty much all need/want help (1)

multipartmixed (163409) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793544)

Now, you sound like a perfect candiate for my project, GPSEE -- http://code.google.com/p/gpsee [google.com] .

We're doing out-of-browser JavaScript (à la CommonJS) and want to move into the web server at some point -- sort of like mod_perl, or maybe mod_php. An experienced PHP coder knows the web-server/CMS/package-system/yadda-yadda-yadda ropes, and you already know the core language -- but you don't have to put up with the DOM... making JavaScript fun again.

We've got lots of rough edges, a dearth of documentation, no release candiates (soon), but a solid core product that is used daily by a handful of folks to do Real Work. The right outside developer(s) could push this project into a being a major hit by scratching the FOSS community's itches, rather than our own.

Drupal (1)

nick_davison (217681) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793578)

Given your skill sets, Drupal may be a good match.

They've got a huge amount going on for v7. With something of that size, you can find whatever niche is most interesting to you.

Would you rather find something it ought to do but doesn't yet and build a module?

Are you more interested in design and want to add themes that let people do things they can't already?

Do you want to help something existing? They could use help ensuring v5 and v6 modules are ported to v7?

Are you a good leader? Your local drupal user group could likely use someone to run code sprints to do the above.

Are you detail oriented? Even non coders can get involved with the QA for code sprints and the like.

Are you good at explaining things? Contribute documentation or tutorials.

As you can see, the project's big enough, pretty much anything tech you're interested in, you can get involved with.

TripleA (2, Interesting)

CBung (1572609) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793632)

Learn some Java and come help TripleA, a wicked Java based strategy game engine. triplea.sf.net

Improve the Gimp palette editor (1)

grumbel (592662) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793638)

The Gimp palatte editor could use a lot of improvements, I have written up some possible feature here [freegamedev.net] , that page also contains a few other issues that nag me in other software.

No wonder (3, Insightful)

Kjella (173770) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793642)

Why would there be a "job" listing? There's in general no pay, no benefits. People that don't have any interest in the project as such but just want to tag their CV with it are usually more work than they're worth. Pick whatever open source project which is in a field you're interested in, where there's some itch you'd like to scratch, join the development mailing list and see what you can do. Sometimes there's merely the need to ask, one tool I worked with had a manual "coming soon" so I emailed and asked, spent 2-3 hours compiling one and it's still the one in use today. It's not like it takes interviews and they're afraid of bad "hires", anyone who seems reasonably independent and won't be a drag on everyone else is generally welcomed. Just remember you have a limited amount of handholding and try figuring out stuff on your own before asking about every little thing, you'll do fine.

Re:No wonder (1)

grumbel (592662) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793780)

Why would there be a "job" listing?

Finding projects that need help is easy, finding projects that have well organized bite-sized tasks that need to be done however is far from easy. And many feature requests might be buried deep down in the bug tracker, making them hard to find for people who might have interest in working on them.

Also the asking part can be troublesome, as it might require extra work on the maintainers side. For Pingus [seul.org] for example I have a very simple task that needs to be done, play through all the currently non-GUI accessible levels, test them, sort them and make them accessible via the GUI. Very basic stuff that doesn't require programming. I explained and walked through at least ten people for that task that offered help, every single one of them just disappeared after a week or two and those that provided contributions where mostly useless (i.e. they just did the grouping, but skipped the far more important testing). All that explaining was just wasted time in which I could have just done it myself. So while a bit communication is of course needed, it is much better for the maintainer when the one offering help already has a really idea of what is going on, instead of having to walked through every tiny step. People that show up "Hey, how can I help" seldom prove useful, people that just come up with "Hey, here is a patch" are much more welcome.

Re:No wonder (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 3 years ago | (#32794578)

Heh, I sense a metajoke coming because I did play through the first island, saw the last update was from 2007 (when I checked) and figured this was another abandoned, half-done OSS project. Not making any promises right now as I'm heading on summer vacation in a week but this autumn I will have to take a look at those other levels I never realized were there... Who'd think I'd find it in a slashdot article about finding an open source "job".

OpenHatch, and the "Teaching Open Source" Wiki (2, Informative)

Shlomi Fish (3362) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793696)

OpenHatch [openhatch.org] was mentioned previously, but I'll mention it again for completeness sake. I'm now getting a "500 Internal Server Error from it." (Slashdot effect). Also, there's a list of projects with mentors [teachingopensource.org] on the "Teaching Open Source" wiki. Furthermore, as people noted, most open source projects could use some help and you can approach those that interest you.

Finally, touting my own horn, I'd like to note that I'm willing to mentor people with their first steps in my own open source projects [shlomifish.org] . Hack on!

Map of local FOSS contributors (1)

TwineLogic (1679802) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793700)

Recently on slashdot there was a story covring a web site which allowed open source contributors (indviduals) to register their location. You could search locally or view a local map of people interested in contributing to FOSS. Each profile could list those projects to which a person had contributed, or is interested in contributing in the future.

Does anybody know the name of that site? I wonder if it might be openhatch.org, which currently seems /.-ed, but I don't see mention of a map in descriptions of that site.

The interface I remember was directed at identifying local people who want to contribute to open source, whether developers or documentation writers.

Re:Map of local FOSS contributors (1)

TwineLogic (1679802) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793720)

Ah, yes, that would be openhatch.org that I was thinking of. Found it in the google cache.

Web developer for a OSS project? Here you go... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32793724)

.... you are a web developer seeking for a project that needs a help from you? Well. Then have a look at DSPAM (http://dspam.sourceforg.net/). They need a developer that is helping them to make a new WEB-UI for their Anti-Spam solution.

The main developer behind the new dspam is a Swiss guy called Stevan Bajic. I am pretty sure he will be more then happy if you contact him "sbajic at users dot sourceforge dot net".

This guy has done a tremendous effort to save dspam from dying. The project was pretty much death without him doing that insane work for the project. Have a look at the DSPAM mailing list (https://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?forum_name=dspam-user) and decide yourself if that project deserves your time. I am very confident that your time will be much appreciated.

The project is one of those projects that is starving for good developers. Join the project now! I as a dspam user will be more then happy if you could help them to make a new and better WEB-UI.

What OSS software did you last use? (1)

dybvandal (535813) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793854)

Seems like these projects are the first to check out. Subscribe to their mailinglist and IRC channels to get a feel for how the projects works and if you feel like it could be fun to be part of said project. This way you will also figure out who the people are to talk to to get your started. Other than that if you have some heros, start following them on twitter. I am sure they will frequently mention interesting OSS projects they are checking out or that they are contributing to. Finally you could consider joining on the development of resolutionfinder.org. Could be a fund project with learning opportunities expanding the Solr driven search, adding data mining tools to expand the content, coming up with ways to integrate expert user feedback into the editorial process, maybe work on SEO aspects etc. All the while doing something that could really make a difference in the world, aka making UN resolutions more accessible to the world. Check out for the source code: http://code.google.com/p/uninformed [google.com]

Ubuntu (1)

robinvanleeuwen (1009809) | more than 3 years ago | (#32793976)

I did a little volunteer translation work on Ubuntu, and i liked it. I found Ubuntu's system, Launchpad, great for that sort of thing.
Not only translations, but also bug reports and discussion are well formatted in that system. Which makes it easy if you want
to contribute to a project. Look up a project you like, browse through the bugreports and contact the maintainer if you want to
contribute, is my best guess...

http://lauchpad.net/ [lauchpad.net]

A smallish project can use some help (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32794036)

We have a computer-aided-dispatch application taht's gotten some nice traction in the public safety-volunteer world. We can use some help in:

1. We need a client-side java applet that can listen to a voice modem and deliver any callerid string to a javascript callback function.

2. A bigger job, we'd like to move the mapping/geo function from the current GMaps base to fullly open source, using OpenStreetmap andOpenLayers.

If interested, mail me: shoreas AT gmail DOT com.

GSoC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32794088)

Google's Summer of Code provides huge lists of ideas, only some of which wind up being picked as GSoC projects. The rest are often complete ideas with entire development cycle plans and notes regarding the expected difficulties all laid-out and ready for the taking by anyone who /isn't/ a student only willing to provide time and effort in exchange for recognition by Google.

Get in on the ground floor (1)

sirlark (1676276) | more than 3 years ago | (#32794176)

There's something that I think has been overlooked. I'm sure there are hundreds of projects out there which are single developer zones. I know I have four of those at the moment, two of which are on the back burner. The problem with getting involved in these is that there are generally no mailing lists or forums. If you're lucky they are up on sourceforge/freshmeat or similar, but there'll be no public communication cause the dev is flying solo. In this case you might want to search sourceforge for projects with low numbers of developers but high activity (not sure if you can construct a search like that tbh). You can start by looking at these two ;)

  • https://sourceforge.net/projects/backtofront/
  • http://pysundials.sourceforge.net/

The advantage of joining a project like this is that you can get it on the ground floor with the exciting coding, rather than the maintenance and bug-fixing stuff, assuming that's what you want to do. I think these projects are far more likely to hand out 'commit privileges' quite early, if not immediately.

FOSS Skype Client (1)

EEPROMS (889169) | more than 3 years ago | (#32794558)

If you want a project that would make you popular as hell why don't you code an open source Skype client. Skype have released lots of API info recently and the libs are available for download. The reason why I am saying this would be a good project is because right now the propriety client offered by Skype is to put it mildly "lacking in stability and function". At the moment making a Skype video call under any version of Ubuntu released in the last 2 years is rubbish with the video dropping out all over the place.

Submit Patches (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32794680)

Pull down the source of a project you like/use. Take a good look at it. Talk on mailing/lists google groups/whatever people actively use and ask questions if you're not sure of anything. Submit patches for people to look at, adding features/fixing bugs.

It's one thing to talk all day in about "hey wouldn't it be cool if we added X, Y, Z..." but it's an entirely different to actually get involved in making them happen. If enough of your patches are accepted, it's likely you'll get commit access eventually. Talk is cheap. If you want to work on open source projects, go right ahead. You can just fork a project if politics get in the way or if it's been abandoned.

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  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
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