That's about the conclusion of last week's major thread on the discuss mailing list. In an ever-changing environment, our documents become outdated tremendously fast: a one year old HOWTO is like pre-historic charcoal writing on stone. Apart from people with a technical background, we also need user reviews to check on a document's usability. Not only will user comments improve on readability; if more people read a HOWTO and comment on it, it would be easier to make out which are just hype and which are useful for the general public, as David Lawyer pointed out in the discussion.
While on the subject, several means of getting more volunteers were discussed. It was generally agreed that neither mailing the LUGS about every review needed, nor advertising this in Slashdot would improve greatly on the current situation. Indeed, one can hardly be forced to be a volunteer.
So let's just apply to your goodwill: make your skills known to us - even if your only skill is that you speak English, and join the LDP! In my (Tille's) point of view, even if you can only do a little bit, you owe it to the community, for being able to use such a good system. Joining the discuss mailing list <firstname.lastname@example.org.NOSPAM> would be a good start. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
|Officially working for TLDP
Several governments, among which the European, can now subsidize your work for TLDP. Check with your local representative.
As a side-effect, copyright laws came up in this lengthy discussion. Of course there's the law: in almost any country all writing is copyright, on any medium, and you need the author's permission to do anything with it. But since most authors are rather flattered to be quoted, remember that getting approval can be arranged in a convivial style.
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