ddrichardson at btinternet.com
Sun Aug 17 11:07:48 UTC 2008
> While it is true that some teams might "grow apart," this is not
> necessarily a bad thing. We all still fall under the Documentation
> Team, but trying to keep everything so tightly coordinated makes it
> impossible for the leads to stay on top of everything, and the lack of
> hierarchal system means members don't necessarily know where to go to
> get help or direct their questions or coordination efforts. A group
> leader can act as a middleman between the Doc team leaders and a focus
> group, and team members can certainly take part in multiple groups.
A have to disagree here, growing apart is a problem in the context of how we
work and what we produce. If this was a software project then forking would
have value but not in the documentation team.
I can see value in team leaders but I am really against fragmenting the
> As has been noticed before, people are generally _not_ getting the
> responses necessary get pointers they need. We should definitely still
> keep things like the mailing list, IRC channel, Doc team leads + LP
In fairness, most students don't seem to sure on where they want to
> I think that's what focus team/groups can help with. Choosing an area
> to begin with helps a new team member focus their efforts somewhere,
> during this time can be introduced to other areas they might be
> interested in. A big problem is that there is so much that the doc
> covers, it is overwhelming and I certainly found it difficult in the
> beginning to find the help pages I was looking for. With focus
> groups/teams a new member can have a more specific place to start
> instead of having to take in the whole picture - this can help keep
> from getting overwhelmed and just walking away. New members should
> "start small".
This is exactly why I've been promoting a standardised introductory package.
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