You did it! ¶
Now that you’ve completed the Technical Writing Project, we would like to extend heartfelt congratulations on your monumental contribution to the repair community. Because of you, we are one step closer to teaching everyone how to fix every thing.
We here at iFixit like to think of ourselves as a family (a nerdy, techy, repair-minded family), and you are our newest members! So take off your coat, make yourselves comfortable, and stay awhile. Your work isn't over just yet. The world of repair still needs you.
Why Repair? ¶
There’s a reason we do what we do. And there’s a reason that we want you to be a part of it.
To reduce the amount of e-waste. The accumulation of e-waste is a growing concern, simply because many people don’t possess the ability to repair their own devices. Rampant amounts of electronics are ending up in landfills and leaking toxic chemicals into the ground. Our mission is to solve this problem, one repair guide at a time.
To find a greener alternative to recycling. Sure, it's better to send your device to a recycling plant than a trash bin, but repair is an even more environmentally-friendly option. Damaged components in a device, like a dead battery or cracked display, can be replaced. Chances are, your broken phone or computer can be restored to working order.
To exercise our right to repair. At iFixit, we stand by this philosophy: “If you can’t fix it, you don’t own it.” Repair encourages self-sufficiency and the capability to control your personal electronics. That’s why iFixit is free to use and anyone can contribute.
To change the future. Student and alumni contributions play a huge part in iFixit’s mission. Your voice matters, now and in the future. Students in the iFixit Technical Writing Project have an opportunity to see why device repairability is important. As some of you become designers and product engineers, you will be able to influence how future devices are made, and how those devices will affect our planet.
How Can I Help? ¶
Create Guides: ¶
Generate Original Content
Our goal is to have guides for every thing, so grab those tools and get cracking! (And if you do actually crack something, you can write a guide for that, too.) Keep in mind that you don’t have to create a full set of guides for a particular device. Writing just a single guide is a valuable contribution to our community!
Become an Answers Expert: ¶
Embrace Your Knowledge of Repair by Answering Questions.
There are thousands of unanswered questions, and we know you have what it takes to provide the answers! Acknowledge the top responses by upvoting, filter out the not-so-helpful answers by downvoting, or provide information to help steer people to repair resources.
Edit Content: ¶
Edit Existing Repair Guides
You can start by heading on over to our Contribute page. Here, you will find some guides that need a little love. We know that time is of the essence, so keep in mind that some of these contributions can be completed in as little as five minutes. There is no task too small for you to tackle. Try taking on one of these challenges:
Become a Chief of the Grammar Police
If you have an arresting eye for seizing criminal tpyos, then you can assist us by improving grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation.
Improve Guide Photos
It’s time to channel your inner shutterbug and start shooting! Replace blurry images with crystal-clear ones of your own. If you’re a Photoshop pro, you can edit the existing images by adjusting exposure and white balance.
Manage mismatched markup or apply proper markup where needed.
Correct Confusing Text
Help to polish up unclear instructions. Guides should always be as descriptive as possible, while maintaining conciseness and clarity.
Identify Incorrect Tools
If you know your Phillips from your flathead and your spudger from your plastic opening tool, then put your tool expertise to the test!
What’s Happening at iFixit? ¶
There’s always something new happening here at iFixit! It’s not limited to teardowns and lasers (and kittens). You’re an important part of our community, and we have special initiatives catered to students and alumni. We are excited about repair and want you to get excited too! This spring, we’re launching a new Student Rewards Program designed to provide you with some of the coolest tools from the iFixit arsenal. Preventing devices from ending up in landfills is no small feat, and we want to help you make a difference. Rack up reputation points and earn badges for doing your part to save the world from e-waste.