For my part, I enjoy the wide and varied number activities and projects that don’t rely on any one source or person. Always in the past, my efforts hit a wall when someone or something didn't move forward, but here I can find 100s of different ventures.
Here are a few:
- Freeware First - even if you have access to commercial software, try to see if a task can be completed with free options. If you succeed (or fail), post to the site with methods used. Both developers and users want to know how good freeware is getting used. In almost every case, I've managed to find at least one or two important operations available with free tools that don't exist within a commercial counterpart.
- Not portable? We have a whole forum dedicated to non-portable freeware and, if a tool gains a lot of interest, it's easier to make a case for either reaching out to the developer or creating a wrapper program.
- Site bugs - Find and let us know about broken websites, broken web links, outdated screenshots, etc. We have a lot of help with this but we can always use more.
- Improve entries - we can always use better program descriptions, screenshots / animated GIF slideshows, or entry descriptions.
- Individual projects - There are a hundred different tools available for testing and collaboration on Github, BitBucket, Codeplex, and many other sites. Just find a project you like and ask the developer what work needs to be done. You can send issues with the program, write up a wish list, or just say how the program made your life better.
- Ask for portable - help us contact developers of any program in the non-portable thread and ask the dev for a portable version. Some devs like use cases but that's just way to communicate with devs about why portable is important.
- Submit programs to the database - anyone can add an entry and there are a great many tested programs in the Submissions sub-forum that are waiting for an entry. We have a submission process and recommended tools.
- Donate - if you don’t have time but do have money and want to say thanks, 9 out of 10 tools on the site have some way to say thanks via PayPal or similar methods.