View Full Version : Why outdated howto's?

September 10th, 2006, 02:17 AM
First of, thank you for the howto's. It's great that people make them.

However I have to say, that it's really sad that they don't get updated, with fixes.
I know you could go though all the posts, before doing anything, but then you might not have the same problem, as the next guy. I tent to trust a howto.

Here are two examples.

Someone was nice enough to make this, which fixed my problem.
Post #153

Again someone was nice enough to give a fix.
Post #114

Great howto's, but both gave me a bit of a trouble, when they really didn't have to.
Maybe it's just me, but why are they not kept up-to-date, it's really sad.

September 10th, 2006, 12:18 PM
The only way these howtos are going to be updated is if the original poster does it, and often they are never seen or heard from again.

In our doc facility, where we archive the how-to's, we try to update when it is pointed out; this is one of the advantages of a wiki.

However, you are in luck with the first one, he is still around quite often - PM him and ask if he would consider updating his how-to based on post 153.

The second one, however is not a frequent visitor (you can get this info from the public profile), although he was here 3 weeks ago. You can try PM'ing him, but don't expect a fast response.

It really is up to the original thread writers to provide updates where needed.

see our doc wiki:

The Ubuntu Document Storage Facility (http://doc.gwos.org)

September 10th, 2006, 02:21 PM
Yes, I suppose that's the way to go about.

September 12th, 2006, 03:18 PM
distroman another option is to update the howto: yourself. rewrite it with any fixes that had to be added while giving credit for the original howto's frist Writer.