CF is carrying out a trial (beginning in March 2024) of using the CF GitHub organization Discussions for announcements relevant to CF, community discussion of comments and ideas for changing CF, and for questions and answers about how to use CF.

Announcements, discussions and Q&A that were initiated before the trial of CF GitHub Discussions began are continuing as GitHub issues in the discuss repository. (These might later be moved to GitHub Discussions if the trial is successful.)

Proposals for changing CF are discussed as GitHub issues in three repositories:

No registration with CF is required to contribute; all that is needed is a freely available GitHub account.

Before the CF community migrated to GitHub, general and standard-name discussion took place on the cf-metadata mailing list, and enhancements to the conventions were proposed on the CF Metadata Trac site.