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Re: Self-Introduction: John Babich



On Sat, 2006-08-12 at 15:58 +0300, John Babich wrote:
>     My name is John Babich. 

Hi John, and welcome!  We are always in need of new hands.

>     I'm a long-time user of Linux and I'd like to give something 
> back in return. I see my role initially as an editor/proofreader, 
> but can contribute some articles on the technical aspects of Linux. 

Our main needs now are content, content, CONTENT!  I see our sorest lack
right now in the end-user documentation like a Desktop Users Guide,
Administrators Guide, etc.  These have been started on the wiki, but due
to our short-handedness, they're a little threadbare.  Also, they
probably could use the touch of a talented wordsmith to keep them
readable, which cuts down on the editorial resources needed.  Are you
game?  See http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Docs/Drafts for more
information.

Obviously, you'll want to get some account details set up.  The main
steps remaining AFAICT are:

1. Get a Fedora Account: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/AccountSystem
   (Return the CLA, etc. so you can complete the next step)
2. Get a Wiki Account: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/UserPreferences
   (Someone will add you to the EditGroup once you have a completed CLA
from Step #1)

Then you'll be ready to do some work on the wiki.  We have some drafting
guidelines available that will allow us to turn the wiki material into
DocBook XML thanks to our awesome intern's work for the Summer of Code.

>     I use Fedora Core as my everyday desktop. I take every 
> opportunity to promote Fedora Core in my workplace and among 
> my friends and family.

Sounds like you'd be a perfect fit for the above work!  As you get
better acquainted with DocBook, you could help make the call for when to
transition these docs to CVS.  Many of us started with similar (or less)
background experience, so you'll find lots of help here or on Freenode
IRC at #fedora-docs.  Please stop by IRC and introduce yourself when you
get a chance.

>     Even though I'm a brilliant monolinguist, I get excited at 
> the thought of working on a global multilingual project like 
> Fedora Core.

Our recent internationalization/localization efforts have really
broadened my view.  If I only knew then what I know now... :-)  It's
been a great learning experience.

Nice to meet you, and please feel free to roll up your sleeves and jump
in.  Make a difference, don't be shy!

-- 
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