Join the Community!

There are quite a few ways to get involved with the PyCQA.

Asynchronous Methods


You can contribute directly to projects in a variety of ways.

Each project should have documentation for how to participate. Please visit the specific project’s documentation and repository for instructions.

Mailing List

You can join our mailing list (this list does not receive a large amount of messages so it should not cause an information overload if you join).

If you have questions about a project or its maintenance and the project seems inactive on GitHub, please use the mailing list to inquire. Please also check the archives for prior discussions before posting new threads.


The mailing list is partially moderated. This means that if you join the list, your first message may be held until an administrator reviews it and allows your posts to automatically be posted.

A fair amount of spam is sent to the mailing list, and this moderation protects your inbox at the expense of moderators and administrators. If you’d like to help with moderating the list, reach out to the admin address listed on the mailing list page.

Meta Issue Tracker

You can start discussions by opening issues on our meta repository. If there’s some governance question that for some reason seems unsuitable to the Mailing List, feel free to open an issue on the meta repository.

Semi-Synchronous Methods


You can join us on Discord where every project will receive space of their own for conversations and collaborations.

We are aware that Discord requires non-free software, but the benefits to the user and the organization far outweigh that one ideological barrier.



Our primary method of semi-synchronous communication is Discord. IRC is still used by some members but is not the primary location and is not thoroughly monitored. Your queries may go unanswered here.

You can chat with a few of us on IRC on the server in the ##python-code-quality channel (See also “IRC”)

IRC is an old and durable protocol that allows people to chat in real time. There are many ways to begin using IRC but we recommend using Libera’s webchat as it is both secure (served over TLS) and should work in any browser. has a great tutorial to learn how to use IRC.

If you outgrow Libera’s webchat, there are a number of other options for connecting to IRC. Wikipedia has an overwhelmingly long list of IRC clients.

The following is a list of clients that the current members of the PyCQA use:


  • Hexchat (Graphical, Also works on macOS and Linux)


  • Textual (Graphical, WebKit based)
  • weechat (Curses, Terminal program)


  • weechat (Curses, Terminal program)
  • irssi (Curses, Terminal program)