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Content Hack Day

Content Hack Day takes place quarterly, on the second Friday of the quarter. It's a day dedicated to writing posts for the GitLab blog, and all GitLabbers are encouraged to take part. GitLabbers are welcome to brainstorm post ideas in the #content-hack-day channel on Slack, or join the open Zoom call with content team members to discuss. The Zoom call link will be announced and pinned in the Slack channel.

Upcoming events

These can also be found on the GitLab Team Meetings calendar.

Process

GitLabbers who want to take part can open a new issue in the Content Hack Day project, or pick up an open issue from the blog posts backlog.

Make sure the merge request and issue are cross-linked. If you are drafting in a Google doc, include a link to the doc in the MR. The post should be reviewed by a peer before assigning to Rebecca.

In order to be eligible for an individual or department prize, participants must begin working on their post/s on the day of the event, and submit a complete draft (merge request or Google doc in the case of GitLabbers unfamiliar with creating a blog merge request) by the end of the day on the Friday following the Hack Day (so for the event taking place on 10/12, complete posts need to be submitted by the end of the day on 10/19).

The Monday following the deadline, the managing editor will move all issues with an associated MR to the www-gitlab-com project for tracking. Any issue that doesn't have an associated MR will be not be counted.

Publishing

Your post will be reviewed as soon as possible, but please be prepared for some delay! The point of the Hack Day is so that you have a dedicated day for writing and working on posts with your department, but we will stagger publishing your posts throughout the rest of the quarter.

There may be some feedback for you to address after your review; this is a collaborative process and it should hopefully result in the best possible version of your blog post.

A member of the content team will let you know when to expect to see your post live, so you can go forth and share it with your networks.

Please note, it is possible that the content team will determine that your post is a better fit for our audience on LinkedIn or Medium. This is to ensure your post gets the best possible exposure and reaches the people who would be most interested in it. We'll notify you when we review your post if that's the case. Don't worry, your contribution will still count towards the prizes!

Incentives and rewards

Department prize

Criteria: Minimum 50 percent department participation (participation can be in the form of opening issues, submitting MRs, reviewing other team members' blog posts or joining the Zoom call on the day) + the highest proportion of blog posts relative to size of department.

To be considered for the department prize, all blog posts must be written to the theme:

Prize: An additional evangelism dinner

Tiebreaker: In the unlikely event we have two departments with equal claim to the prize, we will award the prize to the department with the most additional blog posts submitted (i.e. those that are on topics outside of the theme).

Individual prizes

Prizes: GitLab noise-canceling headphones OR select a one-off swag item

Note: Individuals don't need to write to the theme to qualify, but their posts won't count towards the department prize if they don't.

Random giveaways

Swag will be given away randomly throughout the day. Anyone who has joined the Zoom call or been active in the project or the Slack channel is eligible. Names will be entered into a random picker to decide on winners.

Snack stipend

GitLabbers may expense up to US $15 for snacks and drinks to keep you going throughout the day. Use the category Meals - company provided.