Oficialising of ubuntuguide.org

Matthew East mdke at ubuntu.com
Thu Nov 2 09:00:10 UTC 2006


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* Raivis Dejus:
> Hello everybody :)
> 
> I am Raivis Dejus and I write in a name of maintainers of
> ubuntuguide.org <http://ubuntuguide.org>. We would like to make our
> "Unofficial starter guide" a part of the official documentation. Many
> users like our form of presenting solutions so I hope there is a place
> for our guide in official documentation. We would like to remain as
> separate page though as it gives us great chance to test and improve our
> experience with optimising and accelerating our site to cope with all
> the load we get.

Can you explain what you mean by "official" documentation? We have two
types of documentation broadly - documentation that is included in the
Ubuntu system, and community-run documentation on our website at
https://help.ubuntu.com/community. You and your contributors would be
really welcome to contribute to either of these sources - but if I
understand you right, you don't want to do that, but you want to
preserve the site that you are currently running?

> On Linux World Expo in London we talked to some of people from Ubuntu
> community and Canonical and they suggested that maybe UbuntuGuide.org
> could become "A quick recipes guide" or something like that.

That sounds like it might work - there is definitely room for a quick
recipes guide on our wiki at https://help.ubuntu.com/community. We have
something similar, but smaller, at
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CommonQuestions. However, there are a
few points we need to consider:

 * We are trying to build an integrated and coherent documentation site
- - so material which overlaps with other pages should be incorporated
into those pages rather than duplicated. As you can see the
CommonQuestions page contains a number of links to other pages.
 * The material has to be freely editable by the whole community, in
order to improve it.
 * We have a number of style guidelines that would need to be followed:
see https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WikiGuide - again this is to
enable us to present a coherent help website.
 * A number of the solutions recommended on ubuntuguide.org are
unreliable and would need to be changed. Solutions like using Automatix
are discouraged by the developers and we do not recommend them in our
documentation sites.

I would like to emphasise that your contributions would be really
welcome to get involved in the Ubuntu documentation - we need keen
volunteers with good knowledge so your help would be really welcome!!

Matt
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