Saturday, February 26, 2005

Snap, Crackle and Pop

Uni work has kept me away from getting much KDE stuff done recently, but I got a chance this weekend to finally cross an item off my todo list: I've finished the KDE Documentation Primer, which is an amalgamation of all the material we have for potential new contributors into one document so it's all in a nice order. Previously, we had the same problem that Adriaan's UofKDE idea addresses: we had good documentation, but no indication of what order to read it in, or what's important and what's just secondary. Hopefully the Documentation Primer addresses all that, and will be a useful resource.

I made my first foray into the world of promotion this week, somewhat accidentally:

[Riddell] any suggestions for how to write an interesting dot article
around that beastie? [bug 100,000]
[PhilRod] Riddell: comments on how the bug system works, that you can
report wishlists, that people should help with triage, and
how to report bugs effectively?
[Riddell] PhilRod: fancy writing such an article?
[PhilRod] Riddell: I knew that was coming :-)

And so I ended up writing a short article about the bug system. It seemed to get a fairly good reception from the people who gave it a quick proofread before I submitted. I'm not sure how many readers on the dot took it to heart though.

And on the topic of promotion, we (well, really canllaith and a few others on IRC) have some nice ideas about ways of making potential and actual users aware of the cool features and technologies in KDE. They're RL-bound at the moment, but it'll be interesting to flesh out some of the ideas and see where they can go. We'll also have to bring in the promo team to get their knowledge and experience. I'll leave Jes to expand on her idea, since I wouldn't want to claim credit for it, but it's exciting and I'm looking forward to realizing it.


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