future of the Ubuntu Packaging Guide

Reinhard Tartler siretart at ubuntu.com
Fri Sep 14 15:24:49 BST 2007

Daniel Holbach <daniel.holbach at ubuntu.com> writes:

> It's more complicated to write things in docbook and everybody of us
> knows how to use a Wiki. We have Wiki notifications of changes we want
> to stay on top on and it's just more natural to work with it.
> [...]
> I personally feel that the wiki is a much better place, also more
> discoverable, especially given the fact that we have so many document on
> it already. Stuff regarding packaging, reviewing, merging, packaging
> pitfalls and so on.

My fear with having that piece of documentation in a wiki is that we
won't be able to deal with people asking for comments/clarification or
just discussing things about certain parts. This means that there would
be absolutely no moderation at all, and lots of people will scrawl their
personal opinions directly in the Guide.

The only way of holding the quality of the Guides is by paying attention
to Wiki notifications. Perhaps its just me, but I personally tend to
ignore these notifications. If we have nobody to actively watch for
changes contributors have done, moderate, correct and discuss them with
them, I forsee the quality of the guide will decrease. If there was a
group which would do that, it would work. However, my experience of the
available manpower among us MOTUs tought me something else in the past

I think we can agree to disagree here. May I propose to have a vote in
launchpad for that?

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4
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