This page is a draft of what every newcomer should know about the way to get involved with the Sakai Community. Feel free to edit or add information, or even ask questions in the "Comments" area at the bottom of the page. Short URL to this page: http://bit.ly/sakai-newbie
It's not Rocket Science. If you are new to the community, there are three URLs you need to know...
This is where you will find all the basic information about Sakai and links to the conferences. See http://sakaiproject.org/join-email-lists to register for the mailing lists.
This site is where most of the work is done. Each group as a section where they keep track of their work. You don't need to have an account to read the wiki, but if you want to write something you'll need one. So create an account and jump in! The same account is used for Confluence and Jira.
Here are some wiki spaces you might find interesting:
Create an account first (the same account is used for Confluence and Jira). Bugs and requirements and tracked here. You can submit a ticket, watch existing ones, and vote for the ones you want the community to prioritize.
We often use weekly conference calls to conduct the research and development of Sakai. The agenda (before) and the minutes (afterward) are usually kept as individual pages subordinate to the main page of the group or sub-group holding the meeting. During the meeting, we use note-pad web services such as Etherpad for community contributions, and then copy those notes to the Confluence pages. For instructions, see How to Take Notes in Meetings.