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Shlomi's docs: Shut up and do it

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Andy Lester
November 27, 2003 18:17
Shlomi's docs: Shut up and do it
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> A good idea to revitalize them and adapt them to our needs, would be to
> start a Phalanx like project for documentation.

I'm honored that you invoke Phalanx as an inspiration for this project. 
  However, there's one key part of Phalanx that you missed: I started it 
myself.  It wasn't a committee.  It wasn't me coming to p5p and saying 
"Hey, guys, let's start a project!"  I never posted to p5p about it 
until after I'd started it.  I just did it.

> Namely, we:
> 1. Collect user stories on what they did not understand in the 
> documentation.
> 2. Assign volunteers to remedy these issues.
> 3. Assign volunteers to go over sections of the man pages and try to
> paraphrase them to make them clear enough.
> 4. Collectively decide where the man pages could use some 
> re-organization,
> and re-organize them.

I think this is a great plan, except for one word.  Change "we" to "I".

Stop arguing about it and DO IT.  If it's a worthwhile project, people 
will come on board and make things happen.  If it's not, then they 
won't.  It's the way open source works.

I also suggest that you'll get better results without coming out with 
both barrels saying "The docs suck and need to be replaced."

And I ask that the rest of p5p not bother squabbling about this.  Until 
there's some actual content from Shlomi's project, there's nothin' to 
really discuss.


Andy Lester, AIM:petdance

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