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Re: Contributors v. Writers v. Editors

Hello, all. I've been lurking for a few weeks to see how the mail interactions progressed, and I've decided to introduce myself.

I'm probably one of the oldest members of this list. I've been developing software since 1970, developing in Unix since 1978 and have worked at all levels of Linux, from drivers to C/C++ to Perl and HTML. I haven't delved into Ruby or Python yet, but it's just a matter of time. I used to work at SGI with GL and OpenGL, though my graphics side has not been used for the last 10 years.

Because of my experience, I'm often more comfortable at the command-line level. For that reason, I'm always doing "man <this>" or "info <that>". Because of this, I'm very aware of man pages that are missing or out of date. I like info, but usually only prefer it when the man page is long. The only graphical man page I got comfortable with was xman, which apparently isn't available anymore. I'm sure there are newer, better GUIs for man pages, but I'm not yet used to them.

Anyway, I also have a bent for using proper English (not British English, just proper grammar and punctuation). I'm often editing stories, documentation or letters, and I'm a newsletter editor for the American Legion.

Given this background, I thought I could be of some use to the Fedora documentation project. I'm not sure how much time I'll have, but I want to help. I've already found a minor typo in the documentation for glXIntro. The example program sets an attribute to GLX_DOUBLE_BUFFER, but the symbol doesn't exist; it's now called GLX_DOUBLEBUFFER.

So that's my introduction of myself. Let me know if there's anything specific for which I can assist, otherwise, I'll just see what I can do and how much time I can offer.

As for the message to which I'm replying, my guess is the wiki page is way out of date. How should it be updated? Any one of us add/remove our names? Or is there an individual in charge of that?

Chris Carlson

Eric H Christensen wrote:
I was doing some gardening in the wiki this afternoon and noticed something (I think someone else made a note on the wiki about this).  There are three pages listing "members" of the Docs Project.  There are contributors [1], writers [2], and editors [3].  Are these pages (1) redundant and (2) out dated?  I think the answer to both parts of that question are yes in which case I'd like to remove the Writers [2] and the Editors [3] pages and update the Contributors [1] page.

Any thoughts?

Eric "Sparks"

[1] https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/DocsProject/Contributors
[2] https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/DocsProject/Writers
[3] https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/DocsProject/Editors

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