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From: Roy Bamford <neddyseagoon@g.o>
Subject: Re: Re: How to improve the trustees
Date: Sun, 03 Feb 2008 18:46:50 +0000
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On 2008.02.03 16:49, Matthew Summers wrote:
> Roy Bamford wrote:
> >
> >
> > Many new users come to gentoo as their first Linux. Many of them
> > are poorly informed about both Linux and Gentoo - I don't know how
> > to reach this group *before* they start asking for help in #gentoo
> > and on the forums. Thats the sort problem we have to solve.
> >
> >
> Roy,
> 
> Towards a solution to this particular issue above, I suggest Gentoo
> provides a documentation project (possibly) entitled "Learning Linux
> with Gentoo".  Within this we could easily address many issues faced
> by new Linux/Gentoo users.  It would seem, as well, to be a good
> service to the Gentoo and larger Linux communities, as many users of
> other distros get information from our documentation pages as well as
> our forums.  This could potentially increase Gentoo's exposure as 
> well
> as our user base by "de-mystifying" Gentoo and basically easing new
> users into our way of operating, while also providing a great 
> resource
> for all Linux/Gentoo users.   I do want to state that this is not in
> any way intended to disparage the efforts of the Gentoo Documentation
> Project in any way. I think our docs are fantastic in many ways.  I 
> am
> simply suggesting some various extensions to that documentation base
> as well as some updates.
> 
> This would also fit into my earlier proposition regarding the use of
> university technical writing interns for said documentation projects
> as posted to this list and syndicated as a guest post on Joshua
> Jackson's (tsunam) blog.
> 
> As always, I offer my assistance/support in the aforementioned
> endeavor.
> 
> Best Regards,
> 
> Matthew W. Summers
> (quantumsummers)
> 
> 
> 
Matthew,

I think this is a good idea. However, one of the issues is that a body 
of new users is not even aware of the existance of the current 
documentation. 

e.g. How to head off questions like "I've just started the minimal CD 
to install Gentoo but all I get is a black screen with some text at the 
bottom. Where do I click to install Gentoo?"

I'm not 100% sure it wasn't a troll but as this represents a class of 
problems seen on the forums, I'm sure that some are genuine. 


- -- 
Regards,

Roy Bamford
(NeddySeagoon) a member of
gentoo-ops
forum-mods
treecleaners


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