Community Content Program
Mattermost wants to be a central resource for helping developers improve their productivity. To that end, we want to open our blog to our diverse community to share expertise, tips and tricks, guides, and other technical resources that help developers get work done. We’ll compensate authors whenever we publish their content.

About You

We’re looking for a diverse group of skilled writers with deep technical knowledge to write content for us. You should have experience writing content, be comfortable receiving feedback about your work, and be open to making revisions recommended by our editorial team.

Recommended Topics

We seek a broad range of technical content for software developers that provide rich detail about popular tools. We typically want content that targets beginner to intermediate software developers, but we are open to a range of technical depth.
    How to use popular app frameworks like Node, React, Vue, Flask, Kotlin, etc.
    Software development productivity hacks.
    Tips and tricks for popular software development tools.
    Unique DevOps infrastructure at scale.
    Introductions to useful libraries, programming environments, languages, and tech stacks.

Compensation

Most authors receive $250 - $350 for publishing unique content, but exceptionally detailed content about prevalent technologies can earn up to $500. We also run regular events that offer bonuses for writing about specific topics.

The Process

    1.
    Submit Your Idea - Submit your idea via our application form with an outline of your content and a previous writing example demonstrating your technical knowledge and writing capabilities. We will only publish unique, first-run content where our blog is the first platform for it to be published.
    2.
    Refine - Our editorial team will reach out to you to provide feedback on the idea and make any structural changes requests.
    3.
    Write your content - Once we’ve approved your topic, it’s time to write the content. We'll provide additional guidelines and expectations to help you get started, but generally speaking, following Digital Ocean's technical writing guidelines is a good plan.
    4.
    Revise - Submit your initial draft to our editors, and we’ll collaborate with you to copyedit, design a hero image, and prepare the article for publication. You should 1-2 rounds of revisions over the next 1-2 weeks.
    5.
    Publish - Once revisions are complete, we’ll send your compensation, publish the article, and promote it across all of our channels.
    6.
    Do it Again - There’s no limit to the number of articles you can publish through this program. We love to build long-term relationships with our community and would love for you to be a repeat author on our blog. Start at step 1 again and keep going!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get involved?
Review our process for submitting ideas. When you submit a new idea, we’re going to ask you for details like:
    The article title and a summary of its contents.
    An outline of your article with descriptions about what each section of the article will cover
    Information about prerequisite knowledge the reader will need to have
    A link to a previous writing sample that demonstrates your capabilities.
Our editorial staff will reach out to let you know if we want to publish your content and will make recommendations for revisions. Once we’ve agreed that we’re happy with the idea, we’ll send you a contract that agrees on the scope of the article and the compensation. From there, it’s up to you to write the first draft and submit it for review!
How do you evaluate content ideas?
Our team reviews every submission, and we look for technical content that comprehensively covers software development topics with clear explanations. Explain as much detail as possible and leave no concepts out.

Terms and Conditions

Mattermost Community Writing Program Standard Terms & Conditions (“Writing Program Terms”):
    1.
    Mattermost can only accept submissions from individuals who can legally receive payments from Mattermost. Before your proposal can be approved you will be required to verify your legal status and ability to accept payment under the laws of the United States. You will be responsible for all applicable taxes owed on the fees paid under this Program. Mattermost will not be responsible for any withholding.
    2.
    All fee determinations under the program are made at the sole discretion of Mattermost.
    3.
    Your submission of content to Mattermost does not in any way establish any sort of employment relationship between you and Mattermost. Your relationship with Mattermost is that of an independent contractor and not that of an employee.
    4.
    You agree to grant Mattermost a perpetual, non-revocable, license to the content you submit to Mattermost.
    5.
    All content submitted to Mattermost under this program shall be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license.
    6.
    You agree to comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including copyright laws.
    7.
    You agree to comply with the terms and conditions of the Mattermost Terms of Service.
    8.
    In no event shall Mattermost be liable with respect to any subject matter relating to this agreement under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory for special, incidental, consequential or direct damages.
    9.
    Mattermost makes no representation or warranty of any kind. You represent and warrant that your content will not infringe upon or misappropriate the intellectual property rights of any third party.
    10.
    This program is governed by the laws of the State of California.
    11.
    This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between Mattermost and you concerning the subject matter hereof, and they may only be modified by a written amendment signed by an authorized executive of Mattermost, or by the posting by Mattermost of a revised version.
By submitting your application to the Mattermost Community Writing Program you are agreeing to these Writing Program Terms and the Mattermost Privacy Policy.
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