ubuntu-doc for raring

Matthew East matt at mdke.org
Sun Apr 7 16:28:26 UTC 2013

On 7 April 2013 17:06, Benjamin Kerensa <bkerensa at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> I pointed out at UDS-Q that mdke was inactive and probably should step down per leadership code of conduct if he could not meet the needs of leading the team.

I consider myself as having stepped down (or at least back) for a long
time now. I haven't formally removed myself as a member of the
Launchpad team because in the last few releases I have occasionally
helped out with importing translations or updating Launchpad statuses,
but the reality is that I haven't been leading this team for many
releases now. The ubuntu-doc team has actually never had an appointed
leader, so to speak of a leader is probably misplaced. It's better to
speak of contributors or members. At the moment, as far as I am aware,
all of the members are inactive. For the last few releases the driving
force has been Jeremy, in the sense that he has been the single only
individual working on desktop documentation for Ubuntu. This release
he hasn't participated as actively, and no one else has either, with
the result that the desktop documentation has not changed since the
previous release.

If anyone wants some advice on how to contribute seriously to Ubuntu
documentation using our current toolchain, I'm sure that Jeremy and I
will be happy to give advice to any new contributors, but the reality
is that there are some quite complex tools (Mallard and bzr for those
just writing documentation, and other more complex tools for those
working on creating the published html and helping set up
translations) and there is not much substitute for reading about those
tools (that's the only way that we got to understand them). Dougie has
been doing a very good job of getting up to speed with this toolchain
recently for the serverguide, so he might be able to help too.

I don't mind spending a bit of time looking at the team's wiki
documentation over the next few weeks to see if I can help update it,
as it is extremely outdated.


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