kevin+dated+1082749530.a871ca at ie.suberic.net
Sun Apr 18 20:45:19 IST 2004
On Sun, Apr 18, 2004 at 07:12:25PM +0100, Timothy Murphy wrote:
> > http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20040418085408603
> I looked quickly at this, but I didn't see any documentation -
> has any actually been produced?
well that's the story announcing the project. if you read it it's kind
of obvious that they're looking for help setting up a wiki so that kind
of implies the wiki isn't there yet.
but for people who are interested in better docs from a non-geek
perspective, *now* would be a good time to get involved. to help direct
the project so that it will help you.
> I must admit I'm slightly dubious.
> While much documentation written by geeks is bad,
> the only good documentation I have seen _was_ written by geeks.
to be honest, i'm dubious too. but pj has built up a pretty impressive
website in groklaw. and it's not just her doing the work - she's
got a whole collection of volunteers who gather docs and do research.
she's obviously a do'er and organiser, not a talker. so i think the
effort might succeed in ways other projects have failed.
if people here want better docs for newbies or are just interested in the
technical side of wiki's, then i think it's a good place to volunteer.
even grammar mavens that bitch about geek/american spelling/grammar have
a role here.
that story allows you to comment, and the main site will doubtless have
a few more announcements.
> I'm willing to try, but I don't have much confidence
> that documentation written by people who acknowledge they have no expertise
> will be very useful.
> [I'm just wondering if a book on the calculus by someone who admitted
> they didn't know much about the subject could possibly be of value.]
no, but a book on cars by a person who isn't an automotive engineer
would probably be more useful to a car buyer then one that is written
by an automotive engineer.
obviously geeks will have a role in such a project. it won't happen on
some secret website only newbies can access. and i suspect there will
be requests for certain applications or features. for instance the
person this weekend who asked about adding a disk to their system. it
would be nice to have a gui tool to do this on a desktop.
kevin at ie.suberic.net ~ "you're either with us or against us." --gw bush.
in that simplistic world-view liberals and
progressives are "us" and bush and bin laden are
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