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Subject:RE: Bad Documentation and Linux From:"Jon Leer" <jleer -at- leertech -dot- net> To:"'Janet Swisher'" <jmswisher -at- gmail -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Mon, 7 Dec 2009 08:41:34 -0500
The deal is that many developers don't see the point of having a
non-developer document what they do. Yes, they will add comments to the
code... And that really is all the documentation that is necessary (from
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: techwr-l-bounces+jleer=leertech -dot- net -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+jleer=leertech -dot- net -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
] On Behalf Of Janet Swisher
> Sent: Friday, December 04, 2009 5:58 PM
> To: Richard L Hamilton
> Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: Bad Documentation and Linux
> On Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 4:34 PM, Richard L Hamilton
> <dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net> wrote:
> > Sourceforge is a great starting place. You can also go to
> the web site
> > for any of your favorite open source applications, and you
> will nearly
> > always find a call for help from writers.
> Projects that don't have a call for writers on their website
> are probably not ready to be helped by writers. If you're
> already involved in a project's community, you can try to
> convince them to let you help them, but if you're just
> looking for a project to help, you're better off moving on to
> one that knows it needs you.
> In particular, on SourceForge, look at the Help Wanted section:
> Occasionally, when I hear about an open source project that's
> looking for writers, I'll mention it on Twitter (@jmswisher),
> but there are many that I don't hear about.
> > That said, I'd suggest you start by checking out
> > http://flossmanuals.net. It's a great project that documents a wide
> > range of open source projects, with the resulting documents being
> > open-sourced, too.
> > The project is worth checking out even if you're not interested in
> > writing for them now. They have a lot of existing books covering
> > software you may be using. It's also worth checking out the
> > they use for contributors. It's a wiki-based platform that
> is easy to
> > use.
> > They are always looking for contributors and give full attribution.
> > They also periodically host book sprints, which sound like a blast.
> Thanks for the mention. There's a book sprint this coming
> week (December 7 to 12) for "Squeak Etoys" educational
> software, which sounds like especially a blast. There's no
> in-person meeting for this sprint -- it's all happening
> online. Details at:
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: techwr-l-bounces+dick=rlhamilton -dot- net -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> >> [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+dick=rlhamilton -dot- net -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- co
> >> m] On Behalf Of Dan Goldstein
> >> Sent: Friday, December 04, 2009 2:23 PM
> >> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> >> Subject: RE: Bad Documentation and Linux
> >> New tech writers often ask TECHWR-L how they can break into the
> >> business. I always point them to SourceForge, where they
> can work for
> >> free, build up a portfolio, and then bring that portfolio to
> >> interviews for paying jobs.
> >> > -----Original Message-----
> >> > From: Dana Worley
> >> > Sent: Friday, December 04, 2009 1:02 PM
> >> > To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> >> > Subject: Bad Documentation and Linux
> >> >
> >> > ... It does point out there is a need in the open source
> >> > for technical writers. Not that it will pay the
> mortgage, but think
> >> > of the glory ;)
> Ironically, the article doesn't actually make that point. It
> laments the lack of good Linux documentation, describes the
> problems with developers writing docs, and then issues a call
> to users to start documenting. The writer seems to have
> missed the possibility that tech writers could help with this
> Visit my blog at: http://www.janetswisher.com
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