Welcoming Open Web Docs to the MDN family

Collaborating with the community has always been at the heart of MDN Web Docs content work — individual community members constantly make small (and not so small) fixes to help incrementally improve the content, and our partner orgs regularly come on board to help with strategy and documenting web platform features that they have an interest in.

At the end of the 2020, we launched our new Yari platform, which exposes our content in a GitHub repo and therefore opens up many more valuable contribution opportunities than before.

And today, we wanted to spread the word about another fantastic event for enabling more collaboration on MDN — the launch of the Open Web Docs organization.

Open Web Docs

Open Web Docs (OWD) is an open collective, created in collaboration between several key MDN partner organizations to ensure the long-term health of open web platform documentation on de facto standard resources like MDN Web Docs, independently of any single vendor or organization. It will do this by collecting funding to finance writing staff and helping manage the communities and processes that will deliver on present and future documentation needs.

You will hear more about OWD, MDN, and opportunities to collaborate on web standards documentation very soon — a future post will outline exactly how the MDN collaborative content process will work going forward.

Until then, we are proud to join our partners in welcoming OWD into the world.

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About Chris Mills

Chris Mills is a senior tech writer at Mozilla, where he writes docs and demos about open web apps, HTML/CSS/JavaScript, A11y, WebAssembly, and more. He loves tinkering around with web technologies, and gives occasional tech talks at conferences and universities. He used to work for Opera and W3C, and enjoys playing heavy metal drums and drinking good beer. He lives near Manchester, UK, with his good lady and three beautiful children.

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  1. Konstantin

    Don’t I miss anything:

    August 2020: Mozilla fires entire MDN staff.

    January 2021: Mozilla launches OWD to support MDN.

    Is everything OK with your business decisions logic?

    January 25th, 2021 at 18:34

    1. Chris Mills

      1. Mozilla didn’t fire the entire MDN staff. The number let go was under 50%, but included the majority of the writer’s team.

      2. Mozilla hasn’t launched OWD. It is an independent entity, launched to support open documentation projects, like MDN, supported by a number of industry backers, like Google, MS, Coil, etc. In effect, OWD will be providing more tech writers to help make up the shortfall caused by 1. We are involved in OWD, but we didn’t create it.

      January 25th, 2021 at 23:53

      1. Benyamin Limanto

        TBH… I hate what Mitchel Backer paid with, and they let go a lot of staff when the whole governing board still god hugh sum of compensation. The result? Many of Moz Engineer hired by Google, does Moz think normally? I quite doubt it. I like firefox, but I hate the business decision that Moz done for past year… Look, even firefox now struggle to bring down brave, even struggle to bring down Edge…

        Anyway please keep MDN open and become standard. Everywhere google and M$ come, there will always be trouble… EEE, Embrace, Extends, Extinguish.

        Google – 1999 : “Don’t do evil”
        Google – 2021 : “I do a lot of Evil, and I love it!”
        Moz – 2021 : Struggling paying employee, “FIRE THE TEAM”
        Google – 2021: “Ha! Idiots!”, Hire them.

        *It’s just a very wild opinion, so I hope it doesn’t offend someone, because it’s how the community think about Moz now.

        January 26th, 2021 at 07:19

  2. skierpage

    Sounds good, but what happened to WebPlatform.org? How is this different?

    January 25th, 2021 at 19:08

    1. Chris Mills

      Web Platform Docs was a separate documentation site, aimed at competing with MDN. It failed because MDN is too well established, and there was no point really just building up a site that tried to do exactly the same thing as MDN.

      Open Web Docs is an organization that provides resources to support existing web documentation sites, like MDN. It strengthens what’s already there, rather than competing.

      January 25th, 2021 at 23:56

  3. John C

    That’s nice. Now can you make Firefox stop phoning home to Mozilla every time I launch the browser even after I’ve disabled all telemetry and reporting so I don’t have to block Mozilla’s domains?

    January 25th, 2021 at 22:41

    1. Chris Mills

      This has nothing to do with the subject of this blog post. If you want support on this, I’d suggest you try one of the many Firefox/Mozilla support mechanisms that are available.

      January 25th, 2021 at 23:57

  4. al

    Very interesting. Glad to see that there is backing. Open Web Docs has a nice ring to it, but I do hope you keep MDN as the branding of this platform as IMHO it is important for Mozilla and in extend for Firefox (products).

    January 27th, 2021 at 04:55

    1. Chris Mills

      Agreed, and yes, the MDN branding will not change. OWD is a separate entity that sits alongside MDN (and potentially other documentation sites in the future) and provides support to it.

      January 27th, 2021 at 05:03

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