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Checklist ¶ 

Before you leave this page, remember to check each of the following!

  • Did you sign up for an iFixit account using your school email address?
  • Did you join a student team?
  • Did you make a profile?
  • Did you choose a fix that is not already documented on iFixit for your project?
  • Did you email a .PDF of your proposal to techwriting[at]ifixit[dot]com?
    • Does your proposal have the four main requirements listed?
    • Does your proposal include the correct header?

Join a Team ¶ 

1. Click here to create your account and add yourself to a project team on iFixit.

  • Even if you are working alone, you need to be on a team. Being on a team, even a team by yourself, gives you student privileges that allow you to complete your work.
    • Use your name and school email when signing up for the account.
    • Make sure to select the appropriate information from the drop-down menus. If you add yourself to the wrong team, just select the correct team and click "Update My Team."
    • Team tags follow this format: School-ProfessorLastName-T#S#G#. For example, if you are attending Cal Poly in Fall 2014, in section 4 of Dr. Jon Doe's class, assigned to group 7, your team tag will be: CPSU-DOE-F14S4G7.

2. Go to your profile and add an avatar.

  • You can click on your avatar in the top right corner to view your profile.
  • On the same page, click the team tag below your avatar to view a list of your team members and your team's activity.

Choose Your Fast Fix ¶ 

Fixing things is fun! When you take something that was broken, figure out the problem, fix it, and make that thing useful again, it can be a great feeling.

The ultimate goal of your Fast Fix is not just to fix something, but to create a guide so that others can repair similar items based on what you’ve learned. In other words, a Fast Fix is not a "hack"—your fix should be thorough, effective, and worth documenting for real people to actually use.

Pick one physical item (not software) in your life that needs fixing—preferably something that has a straightforward solution (for example a broken flip-flop, scratched CD, or leaking sink). The main requirement is to choose something that is not already documented on iFixit. You will need to use the Search tool to make sure your fix isn't already documented on iFixit.

Remember that iFixit's audience is focused on repair, so your guide should be focused on fixing something that's damaged or broken. In general, you should avoid writing guides for merely cleaning or lubricating items that are otherwise in working order.

If you're not sure what to fix, think about the following questions:

  • What is broken in your life?
  • What things have been broken in the home? Why did they break?
  • What things have been fixed in the home? What was the cost?
  • What things have been thrown away? Why?

For more ideas, including a list of common household items that need all manner of fixes, have a look here: Choosing Your Fix

If you have any questions about choosing a fix, feel free to shoot us an email at techwriting[at]ifixit[dot]com.

Write A Project Proposal ¶ 

Once you’ve decided what to fix, the next step is to send us a proposal. The proposal should describe the project you intend to work on. The proposal doesn’t need to be long, but we’ll use it to help start your project off in the right direction—after all, our goal is to publish your final project for all the world to see!

A proposal is required for the project, even if it is informal. Proposals allow us to give you the necessary privileges to work on the site without problems, and to verify that no one else has selected the same project as yours.

Important things to include in your proposal:

  • What do you plan to fix? Be specific—which item will you fix, and what’s wrong with it?
  • How will you fix it? Provide a detailed description of your method, in a short paragraph. Include any tools and/or materials you plan to use. (It's okay to modify this later, but sketch out your procedure as best you can for now.)
  • How much repair information is already on the internet about your fix? Are there already instructions available? If so, how good are they and how are yours going to be better?
  • Which camera will you be using to document each step of the fix? Any digital camera of 6 megapixels or greater that can mount to a tripod is acceptable. (Note: this rules out most smartphones.)

Please include a header at the top of your proposal in this format:

  • Fast Fix: Leaky Faucet (or whatever fix you’ve chosen)
  • Team tag: CPSU-DOE-F09S1G1
  • Camera: Nancy's 10MP PowerShot A480
  • Group email addresses: abc@university.edu, etc. (These must be the same email addresses that you and your team members used to create your iFixit accounts.)

Here are a couple of sample proposals to give you an idea of what your proposal should look like:

Email your proposal in .PDF format to techwriting[at]ifixit[dot]com. Include your team tag in the email's Subject field, as well as a brief message in the email body. (It's a nice professional touch—and a general courtesy—to not send a blank email with an attachment.)

Once you've got the go-ahead from our tech writing team, you're clear to proceed to Checkpoint 1!

Inspiration ¶ 

Here at iFixit, repair is our way of life. It motivates us to do what we do. We live in a throwaway economy, where people simply chuck things in the trash when they break. Those things end up in huge landfills and wreak havoc on the environment. We want to provide people with the information and tools that they need to repair anything that might need fixing. (For more information on why we care, see our Blog.)

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