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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject [vote] Diana Shannon as Documentation Coordinator
Date Tue, 16 Apr 2002 12:23:14 GMT
Ladies and Gentlemen,

this is a somewhat atypical request for vote so it requires a deeper and
more detailed explaination.

Cocoon has reached a point where its technical quality has far exceeded
its overall 'usability', in the sense of the ability for users to 'use
the system for their needs'.

Many are expressing their concerns about the fact that Cocoon is a
developer framework, and the road to its use is normally so steep that
very few can manage to get everything out of it.

The best way to lower the gap is to have better docs. Better means:

 1) more coherent
 2) edited by people that knows the english language (since we use
english as our default natural language) and have editing skills
 3) maintained regularly

I've been approached by Diana Shannon who has volunteered to step in and
help with the process of creating a better documentation. She explained
to me her intentions, her skills and her 'devotion to the cocoon cause'
(so to speak :).

I've challenged her offering a 'documentation coordinator' job overhere.
Just like we have a 'release coordinator', I think it makes sense to
have a 'documentation coordinator'.

The job includes:

 1) planning and proposing a better (as defined above) documentation

 2) coordinating the authoring effort (means: kicking some asses if
people commit code without committing docs that go along with them: we
might go as far as prohibiting code submissions, even in the scratchpad,
without appropriate documentation along)

 3) providing editing of existing docs (and future docs)

 4) managing relationships between users and developers

I personally think Diana is great for this job becuase:

 1) she volunteered (in my book, this would be enough since nobody ever
did in one of my projects after 5 years of more of OSS... but there is

 2) her native language is English, but she has worked in many foreign
countries and she speaks several languages.

 3) she has a medium understanding of Cocoon as a user. No developer can
have this job since he/she would loose the user's point of view. I think
Diana can be a mix between the two points of view and coordinate them so
that they converge.

All right, at this point I stop and I ask Diana to chime in and present

Ah, one more thing: she asked me if the community needed samples of her
skills to provide a vote and I admit it's a little strange to ask to
give commit access to somebody without having to do anything.

Well, IMO, volunteering for such a critical yet hard job is enough of a
statement for my vote, so I vote +1 to have Diana 'documentation
coordinator' and grant commit access to her so that she can update the
docs directly.

Of course, we, as a dev community, must make all possible efforts to
help her in those situations where she requires help.

At the end, I'm overly pleased by proposing (finally!) a women in the
Cocoon Development community.

So, Diana, please, introduce yourself and introduce your plan of action
(as you did with me privately) so that the rest of the community can


Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
                          able to give birth to a dancing star.
<>                             Friedrich Nietzsche

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