Welcome Team

This is the Debian Welcome team, which exists to help new users and aspiring contributors move across Debian.


The goals of this team are (more or less):


The primary contact means is the #debian-welcome channel on OFTC (see below).

Current team members are:

Add your name if you want to join the Welcome Team.

Please keep the list current: removing your name or moving it to "Emeritus" below is perfectly fine too, and desirable if you are not available or prefer to invest your time in other things.

IRC channel

The channel exists to attend to people looking for directions, and potentially recruit new greeters.

It is a safe space where any question can be asked.

It is a a place where questions are not necessarily answered in full, but are at least answered with an actionable item, so that one that is lost comes out with a thing to do in the right direction.

In order to save time and resources, try to avoid long digressions in the channel, and to make sure that we have adequate documentation. An invitation to discover/help/document or a personal story can be more useful and empowering than a long explanation.

The idea is to be the guides at the tourist information office, not the guides that lead people in tours.


We gather ideas and links about how to start contributing to Debian in our BrainStorming subpage.

Some of the ideas are written in a more detailed way, or we find people that can devote time specifically to newcomers in that task. Then, the idea is listed below, in the "Debian Welcomes..." section.

Becoming a team member

Who could (should!) be member of the team

Who shouldn't be member of the team (not a strict ban, just our recommendation)

Emeritus Team members

Thanks to all the former team members for their contributions and support!