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Old 03-20-2014, 11:33 AM   #1
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Giving back - Writing Docs


Hey guys,

I believe I'm posting in the right place here.

Something I have been thinking about for a while (a few years) is giving back in a way to the community. I'd like to contribute somehow. I'm not much of a developer, self taught C/C++/python, I can do stuff, but nothing serious.

However, I can write. So, I was thinking about documentation. So I started looking around. GNOME seemed like a good place to start, but you have to learn their tools and do it their way (just like GNOME 3 - you can use it however you want as long as it's the way we want you to).

So, I was wondering, what projects out there need help. Is there somewhere on the web I could find that says "hey we need help" without having to check individual project pages (hmmm... if not seems like another project I may be willing to take on... just some sort of tracking website for 'projects that need doc writers).

Like I said, without checking individual project sites, is there a resource where developers post "we need help" for someone like me to come along? Or... anyone here know who needs help where?

TIA.
 
Old 03-20-2014, 08:21 PM   #2
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I encourage you. Engineers often don't write good documentation for users because they are unable to view things through the eyes of new users. It's like college math professors who can't explain math to freshmen because they can't relate to persons who don't just see it.

LQ has a wiki that sorely needs contributions.

http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Main_Page

Since you are a Debian user, you might find Debian's page on how to contribute to Debian helpful: http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/de...h-contributing
 
Old 03-21-2014, 09:18 AM   #3
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Thanks frankbell. I had checked out the wiki, but I had problems for some reason. I'll give that another try.

I'll take a look at Debian's wiki too.

Thank you for the help getting started.
 
Old 03-21-2014, 05:34 PM   #4
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If you use Slackware:

http://docs.slackware.com/
 
Old 03-22-2014, 03:02 AM   #5
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Also see http://sourceforge.net/p/forge/helpwanted/
 
Old 03-22-2014, 04:35 PM   #6
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Thank you unSpawn, that was one of the things I was wondering if it even existed, I guess I just didn't know where to look. The Documenters wanted looks a bit sparse, but I'll keep an eye on it.

I've also started to work on some pages in the LQ Wiki under "Most Wanted" and hope to get them submitted soon.

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Old 03-26-2014, 02:55 PM   #7
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Sorry I don't know how this ended up in non-Unix, I guess it doesn't matter too much.

Just curious is there a specific forum on here where I can ask questions about wiki writing? Like what to include and such in a page, if I can't figure that out by reading other pages. I'm sure there's a desired balance within of including enough but not too much.

I started writing tilde expansion, but I am unsure if I add shell specifics, do I link to those specifics instead, etc.
 
Old 03-26-2014, 08:50 PM   #8
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I think General or Linux General are probably as good places as any, maybe a slight edge to Linux General.

If it's a specific program about how the wiki software works, maybe Software, but wikis are generally platform independent.

Just my two cents.

And thank you for giving back.
 
Old 03-29-2014, 10:19 AM   #9
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Thanks much for the info, frankbell. I'll keep that in mind as I work.

And it's the least can do, I suppose.
 
  


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