[Slackdocs] News from the SlackDocs project
eric.hameleers at alienbase.nl
Fri Oct 19 23:27:58 CEST 2012
I wanted to bring you up to speed about the recent activities in the
Wiki and provide you with some statistics.
The Slackware Documentation Project is now running for exactly 2 months.
I want to thank everyone who participated in the LinuxQuestions.org
thread which inspired the birth of the project -
is now a sticky thread on LQ. I want to thank the people who stepped up
in the early stages of the project, to volunteer as aff editors, and I
particularly want to thank all of you who are creating the content in
this Wiki. If we want to find ourselves "a place in history" we need
inspired writers. We have some great HOWTO's currently and it is
rewarding to watch the discussions on the (sic) discussion pages which
help the continuous improvement of the articles.
I am very excited by the work that is being done to translate the
english pages into a variety of other languages. I don't think I ever
saw a Slackware related site which had pages available in 12 different
languages! Thanks to all who care anough to do the hard work of
translating and thus enabling whole new communities to get familiar with
Matthew Fillpot completed the huge task of running the complete
Slackware Essentials Book (http://slackbook.org/beta/) through a DocBook
parser which he wrote himself, creating a Wiki version of the Book which
is now an integral part of our site. Thanks to Alan Hicks for changing
the new Book's license and thereby allowing us to create a derived work.
Any updates to the Book's content will be fed back into the original of
We revamped the front page of the WIki. It is the page which most
visitors will open first. Therefore it should be clean, concise, and
show relevant information. We decided to highlight the information which
is the most dynamic - your contributions! The HOWTOs pages are now
clearly outlined on the homepage, and there is also a shortlist of
recent changes to the existing articles, an invitation to click through.
We currently have 180 registered user accounts in the Wiki and 101
people subscribed to the slackdocs mailing list
http://lists.alienbase.nl/mailman/listinfo/slackdocs . All in all pretty
impressive numbers for such a young project. The Wiki has some public
statistics at http://docs.slackware.com/slackdocs:stats and some
non-public statistics pages of which I made a PDF print - see attachment.
We are barely starting... and I would like to see the volume of
information grow steadily. How will we achieve that? Well; I would like
all of you to go through your private notes. If you know of something
that you struggled with, found the solution for and wrote down so that
you would not forget - that is exactly the type of information we would
like you to add to the Wiki ! Also, you may be a member of a local LUG
in your area. Drop the word on the Slackware Documentation Project! And
what about your mail closing signature, or discussion forum signature?
Perhaps you can add a link to the SlackDocs Wiki there. Spreading the
word about the project, is what will give it the momentum to make it
Thanks for listening.
Cheers, Eric on behalf of the admin & editor staff
Eric Hameleers <alien at slackware.com>
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