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Thread: Ideas and Plans for Improving Ubuntu Documentation

  1. #201
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    Re: Fellow Ubuntunuts: Please join us on a WIKI RAMPAGE 16-17 Dec 06

    A couple of days ago, I wrote a Wiki page to help people get hardware MIDI synths to work.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Mi...SynthesisSetup

    If anyone can improve it at all, that'd be good. I remember when I first came to ubuntu in 2005, I was discouraged because I knew not how to set up the hardware MIDI synthesis for my SB Live.

  2. #202

    Re: Fellow Ubuntunuts: Please join us on a WIKI RAMPAGE 16-17 Dec 06

    Quote Originally Posted by Albi View Post
    For the low memory installation page, can someone add how to install/configure rox-filer or idesk for a desktop (i don't have much experience)
    I added a little blurb about iDesk and a link to the iDesk wiki. I also added a subsection about file managers with links and installation instructions for some of the most common ones, as well as some that were discussed in this thread a few days ago. (Probably a good example of how casual discussions on the forum can be useful in the wiki. )

    If someone can add something about rox-filer, I have little more to say about it than what I put in there. I used it very briefly about a year ago, and that's hardly enough. I know it has pinboard options and can display a background, so it might be worth expounding upon.
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  3. #203

    Re: Fellow Ubuntunuts: Please join us on a WIKI RAMPAGE 16-17 Dec 06

    Quote Originally Posted by kripkenstein View Post
    One thing that I really think could speed the process is a single central list of 'pages in need of improvement'. Then people who want to help know where to start. A few suggestions were mentioned in this thread, but perhaps a more general list - and one that is constantly updated, as things get done or new pages are flagged as 'in need of improvement' - would be more useful.
    This might also be a place to look.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CategoryCleanup
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  4. #204
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    Re: Fellow Ubuntunuts: Please join us on a WIKI RAMPAGE 16-17 Dec 06

    we are helping the help.ubuntu.com one correct?

    id help but i have to study for finals. Ill either update or create a page on how to get grub working after a reinstall of windows, the one in the wiki is SO outdated.
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  5. #205

    Re: Fellow Ubuntunuts: Please join us on a WIKI RAMPAGE 16-17 Dec 06

    That and https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ mainly, although I don't see why you couldn't help with other pages elsewhere, if you had something to add.

    The wiki has a lot of purposes beyond the help pages most people see, but that shouldn't mean you're limited to just those and the community documentation areas.

    Of course, the official documentation pages and other sensitive areas won't be editable.
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  6. #206
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    Re: Fellow Ubuntunuts: Please join us on a WIKI RAMPAGE 16-17 Dec 06

    perhaps some content from the ubuntuguide.org wiki could be added ?

  7. #207

    Re: Fellow Ubuntunuts: Please join us on a WIKI RAMPAGE 16-17 Dec 06

    If you have stuff you'd like to add, by all means see if you can find an appropriate home. Check the WikiGuide pages to make sure you graft the information appropriately.

    And thanks to everyone who helped with the rampage. If you kept an eye on the Recent Changes pages, it was very gratifying to see some familiar user names making updates and keeping things timely. If it was well accepted -- on both sides of the fence -- maybe we can do it again some time soon.

    But of course, you don't need an invitation to edit those pages. They're for you, created by you and open for discussion.

    Cheers and thanks!
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  8. #208

    Hey you! Join us for Wiki Weekend #2!

    Hello again, fellow Ubuntunuts! Please join us for Wiki Weekend No. 2!

    A month has passed, and your help is needed again to keep the wiki up to date. If you weren't part of the inaugural "rampage," welcome! And if you did help out last month -- welcome back!

    SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

    The problem is that Ubuntu moves fast. We have one of the most progressive distros available, and things change from week to week, and even day to day. Herd 2 was just released. Xubuntu is becoming as powerful as its two siblings. And Fluxbuntu is ripening at pace with Feisty Fawn.

    Changes come fast and furious with Ubuntu, and our wiki and community documentation needs as much attention as we can give it. And since you use Ubuntu every day, and you know how it works and how it doesn't work, you're the perfect person to keep the wiki on the leading edge.

    SO WHY IS IT SUCH A BIG DEAL?

    It's a big deal because some people rely on the wiki to get started with Ubuntu. And more people refer to the wiki in the case of problems with Ubuntu. And still more people need the wiki as a touchstone for the Ubuntu phenomenon. From those standpoints, the wiki is as critical as any other part of the Ubuntu framework.

    Here's an example: Suppose you have a 64-bit machine. You want to install the 32-bit version of Ubuntu. What help do you get from the wiki? Only this. And yet there are probably thousands of Ubuntu 64-bit users who could offer more information than just that.

    SO WHAT'S THE PLAN?

    Give us an hour of your life and expertise this weekend, Jan. 20-21, 2007, and edit, update or clarify anything and everything you can. You're not required to clock in or out, and if you get distracted playing Freedroid, no one will complain. All we're asking for is a little help, and a little time.

    SO WHAT IF I SPEAK MORE THAN ONE LANGUAGE?

    If you're multilingual, you are a huge asset to Ubuntu. There is a long list of multilingual resources; consider contributing to any and all you can.

    SO WHAT IF MY RIG IS UNIQUE?

    If you have experience with unique hardware configurations, you're especially important. If you're using components that aren't seen often or need special attention to work, the information you add could be a huge boost for someone else down the road.

    SO WHAT IF I LACK EXPERIENCE OR EXPERTISE?

    If you've used Ubuntu, you're qualified. If you've installed Ubuntu, you're qualified. Even if you've only tried the live CD and it didn't start up, that's important to mention. So don't worry about your Linux pedigree. We're not looking for gurus, we are looking for users.

    SO WHAT IF I'VE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE?

    Don't worry. Wiki markup is exceptionally easy, and there are help pages that will get you started. And if you find it confusing or difficult, just add your contribution and another member will help later with formatting. How it looks is not nearly as important as getting the ideas on the page. Prettificationing can come later.

    And don't be shy. Feel free to correct what's present, based on your expertise. The underlying principle of ubuntu is that the contributions of one improve upon the experiences of all.

    SO WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?

    • An hour of your time
    • Your expertise and experiences using Ubuntu
    • Language skills in any area(s) you can offer

    SO WHAT DO I NEED TO DO THIS?

    • Again, an hour of your time
    • Again, your expertise and experiences using Ubuntu
    • An Internet connection
    • A Launchpad or wiki account (they are the same; a Launchpad account allows you to edit the wiki)

    SO WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE AN ACCOUNT?

    Getting one is no more difficult than it was signing up for the forums. Follow this link to get started.

    SO WHERE DO I START?

    Before you go wild, read the Wiki Guide so you have an idea of how it works. If you want a starting point, take a look at this page, which will show you what areas are already flagged as needy:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WikiToDo?action=show

    There are also special instructions for integrating information from the forums:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/forum

    And as if that wasn't enough, there's an entire category marked for cleaning up:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CategoryCleanup

    Roll up your sleeves!

    SO HOW DO I CONTACT THE DOC TEAM?

    The documentation team is part of this event, and you can contact them immediately via IRC at #ubuntu-doc on irc.freenode.net. There should be someone on hand to clarify things.

    You can also post here, even if it's just to brag, and we'll answer questions or send you congratulatory smileys. =D>

    THANK YOU!

    Your help is greatly appreciated! By adding, correcting and refreshing our community documentation, you've helped give Ubuntu a greater and more powerful presence in the Linux community! Cheers and thanks!
    Last edited by K.Mandla; January 18th, 2007 at 10:19 PM. Reason: Added link to Freedroid. :P
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  9. #209
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    Re: Hey you! Join us for Wiki Weekend #2!

    question:
    why would we play freedroid why not a list of other games
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  10. #210
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    Re: Hey you! Join us for Wiki Weekend #2!

    I'd really like to get involved, although my knowledge is limited. However I'm quiet happy to format some of the pages. I've already start on some of the CleanUp pages, making sure the code fragments look right.

    Are there any examples of good formatting?

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