OpenWeek Session

Matthew East mdke at
Fri Apr 10 15:48:56 UTC 2009

On Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 4:11 PM, Emma Jane Hogbin <emmajane at> wrote:
> Matthew East wrote:
> This goes back to the underlying tone we project. Learning Bazaar and
> DocBook in a one hour IRC session is not possible if you are truly new.
> For us to suggest otherwise leaves the tone of, "if you can't figure
> this out, you shouldn't be participating."

No, you're reading too much into this. All we're trying to do here is
to figure out how much time we feel is appropriate for a particular
subject, and how much of a particular subject needs to be dealt with
in an individual session in order to get people started with

> I plan on posting the DocBook intro session to the DocBook and DocBook
> apps mailing list as well. This will expose the documentation team to
> potentially new contributors which fits with the mandate of open week,
> "Ubuntu Open Week is a week of IRC tuition and Q+A sessions all about
> getting involved in the rock-and-roll world that is the Ubuntu community."

That sounds like a good idea.

Ok, so here is an amended timetable. I've assumed that the bazaar and
docbook sessions will be focused on the ubuntu-doc project, but people
feel that more general sessions are helpful, then they could still
work with the same timetable. For bazaar, maybe a general session on
bazaar would be more helpful than focusing on the ubuntu-doc branches

1. The Docs Team: overview of wiki, system documentation, bugs, mailing
list and intro to the tool chain
2. The wiki: our lowest hanging fruit, learn how to contribute here first
3. Getting the system docs - bazaar
4. Working with the system docs - docbook
5. Translating the system docs

I don't think #5 will take an hour, it's more of a 30 minute item, but
if we finish early, I'm sure that doesn't matter.

If we can convince the guy running the gaming session to move, then
this will fit nicely on Friday from 17:00 to 22:00 UTC. Thoughts?

Matthew East
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