Elastic Contributor Program

Rules

Ready to contribute? Here’s what you need to know to earn points.

The basics

All contributions must follow the Elastic Community Code of Conduct. The contributions must be your original work, and you must cite your sources when necessary. If the committee concludes that a contributor has plagiarized, they will be expelled from the program.

Event organization

To receive points for organizing events such as meetups, hackathons, virtual events, and workshops:

  • The event must be open to the public. If it's a meetup, workshop, or any event other than a conference, admission must be free.
  • You must provide a valid link to the event page.
  • Your full name, the event date, and description must appear on the event page.
  • The event must be centered on Elastic products and solutions.
  • A minimum of 10 attendees is required and at least one technical talk should be presented.

You will receive six points per organized event submitted.

Presentation

To receive points for presenting at events such as meetups, workshops, and conferences:

  • The presentation must be open to the public. If it's a meetup, workshop, or any event other than a conference, admission must be free.
  • You must provide a valid link to the event page.
  • Your full name, the title of your presentation, and the event date must appear on the event page.
  • The presentation must be centered on Elastic products or solutions.
  • A minimum of 10 attendees is required and the presentation must be at least 7 minutes in duration.

You will receive six points per presentation submission.

Written content

To receive points for written content such as articles or blog posts:

  • You must provide a valid link to the content. It cannot have a paywall, but required registration or login is allowed.
  • Your full name and the publication date must appear on the written content.
  • The written content must be centered on Elastic products or solutions.
  • The written content must have a word count of at least 200 words (roughly equivalent to 10 lines in length).

You will receive six points per written content submission.

Video

To receive points for video tutorials, series, or use case recordings:

  • You must provide a valid link to the video. It cannot have a paywall, but required registration or login is allowed.
  • Your full name and the publication date must be published in the video or in the video description.
  • The video must be centered on Elastic products or solutions.
  • The video or video series must be at least 5 minutes in length.

You will receive four points per video or video series submitted.

Translation

To receive points for written translation of an elastic.co blog:

  • The original elastic.co/blog must be linked in your translated work.
  • Translations into English or translations into languages that the content is already available in will not be accepted.
  • You must provide a valid link to the translated content. It cannot have a paywall, but required registration or login is allowed.
  • Your full name and the publication date must appear on the translated content.
  • The translation must use technical terms with consistency.
  • Only written translations will be accepted.

You will receive two points per translated content submitted.

Code

To receive points for code contributions in the Elastic repo:

GitHub issues (bug reports):

  • The issue must be contributed to the Elastic GitHub repo. The issue must be a valid bug report that isn't marked as invalid or a duplicate.
  • You must submit a valid link to the issue.
  • The date the issue was published must be within the cycle period.
  • The Contributor must be the author of the issue.

You will receive two points per accepted GitHub issues (bug report) you make.

GitHub issues (code enhancement):

  • The code must be contributed to the Elastic GitHub repo.
  • The code must be approved or merged before submitted, it cannot be a duplicate.
  • You must submit a valid link to the pull request.
  • The date the code was published must be within the cycle period.
  • The Contributor must be the author of the code enhancement.

You will receive six points per accepted code enhancement contribution you make.

Non-Elastic repositories

To receive points for code contributions to non-Elastic repos, you must follow the steps below.

Demo:

  • The demo must be done with one or more technologies of the Elastic Stack.
  • The demo must provide a complete set of steps that allow users to experience the Elastic technology in the use case created.
  • Instructions must be clearly written in the README file.
  • The demo must use up-to-date versions of Elastic.
  • You must submit a valid link to the demo.
  • The code must be publicly available via a non-gated URL.
  • The date the demo was published must be within the cycle period.
  • The Contributor must be the author of the demo.

You will receive six points per accepted demo contribution you make.

Project using Elastic:

  • The project must use one or more technologies of the Elastic Stack;
  • It must be a default branch;
  • You must submit a valid link to the project.
  • The code must be publicly available via a non-gated URL;
  • The project must be complete, unfinished projects will not be accepted;
  • The date the code was published must be within the cycle period;
  • The Contributor must be the author of the project.

You will receive six points per accepted project contribution you make.

Technical Q&A

To receive points for answering a technical question on discuss.elastic.co and Stack Overflow:

  • You must provide a valid link to the answer posted on Stack Overflow or discuss.elastic.co.
  • You must create a specific link directing to your answer.
  • Your full name or username must appear on your profile on discuss.elastic.co or Stack Overflow.
  • The technical question must be centered around Elastic products or solutions, and the answer should be helpful to the community.
  • Your answer must be accepted by the moderator or by the person who asked the question.
  • The answer you submit must not be a duplicate.

You will receive one point per technical answer submitted.

Contribution validation

To receive points for contribution validation:

  • You must validate another contributor's submission on the Elastic Contributor portal.
  • You cannot validate your own contributions.

You will receive one point per contribution you validate. To learn more about how to validate contributions, check out the submissions page.

Bonus Points - Elastic Solutions

To receive bonus points for contributions related to Elastic solutions:

  • You must submit at least three contributions under the Elastic Solutions other than the Elastic Stack (e.g., Elastic Security, Elastic Observability, Enterprise Search).
  • The three contributions must be validated before you receive the points.
  • The points will be automatically scored once three contributions that fit the criteria are submitted.

You will receive six points per group of three submissions.

Bonus Points - Five Contribution Types

To receive bonus points for contribution types:

  • You must submit at least five contributions under different categories (e.g., Presentation, Code, Video, Event organization, Translation, Written content and Technical Q&A).
  • The five contributions must be validated before you receive the points.
  • The categories must differ from each other, meaning there should be one submission per different category.
  • The points will be automatically scored once the five contributions that fit the criteria are submitted.

You will receive six points per group of five submissions.

Bonus Points - Program Referrals

To receive bonus points for referring contributors to join the program:

  • You must enter your referral’s email in the "Refer Contributor" tab on the portal.
  • You cannot refer the same person more than once and you cannot refer yourself.
  • The referred person must use the same email address you used to refer them when they create their profile in the program.
  • You will score the points once the referred person makes their first valid contribution (any category is accepted).

You will receive six points one time per valid referral.