Re: [mb-experts] WikiDocs Matthew Exon Fri Aug 11 22:29:29 2006
Robert Kaye wrote:
1) ANOTHER wiki? 2) How does this reflect on WikiDocs?
4) Are we switching course mid-stream AGAIN?
Maybe I'm oversimplifying, but these ideas seem like nice features for WikiDocs in general, rather than a separate system. Can't we tack them onto WikiDocs *after* that's up and running?
3) We still need classical narrative docs to be written. If we can't find volunteers to do this, I will do it myself. Less coding that gets done, but I don't want to hack on another half-baked documentation system that doesn't get our docs updated *now*.
I agree completely. Q&A is good, but only for people who basically know what they're doing and need "hints". I find that when I use a new system, I like to play with it for a bit, but then if I like it I want to go back and understand the basic concepts. FAQs don't really work there.
5) Whenever I use these context sensitive help things, they NEVER help me. I have build up an aversion to them.
They don't work because they're several steps removed from the problems faced by real users. Plus they're full of marketese and a desperate desire to give the impression that everything's actually fine. I'm hoping that the tighter feedback loop and lack of censorship of wiki could improve on this.
I'm planning to put in some effort on the wiki once I get my DSL connection. But it'd help a lot if someone would tell me which pages to write. Writing pages on an ad-hoc basis might be very wiki, but it isn't particularly efficient or rewarding. Just a list of pages that need writing or fleshing out would be good. Preferably with the worst holes first on the list.
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