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From Joshua Slive <sl...@finance.commerce.ubc.ca>
Subject The apache-docs list (was: Re: Docs patch: VirtualHost)
Date Thu, 07 Sep 2000 00:21:49 GMT

On Wed, 6 Sep 2000, Rodent of Unusual Size wrote:

> Rich Bowen wrote:
> > 
> > Just out of curiosity, am I doing something fundamentally wrong with
> > these patches, or am I sending them to the wrong place?
> 
> No, you're sending them to the right place, but this list
> isn't very heavily populated with anyone but lurkers at the
> moment.  My guess is that those who don't lurk either don't
> feel comfortable voicing an opinion (which they should get over),
> or else are swamped (like me).  Be of good cheer, and be persistent.

Ken, I think you had a good idea in separating out the docs module from
the rest of httpd and I'm glad you worked so hard to get it done.  
Unfortunately, I think the apache-docs list has a problem.  There are
several of us who have tried to get action going here by posting
relatively small and non-controversial patches.  In my opinion, the only
way more large scale discussions and actions will take place is if people
see results from the small stuff.  This will show people that work here
will result in something, and encourage more participation.  At the
moment, the opposite is happening: people are being discouraged because
their work gets "ignored".

At the moment, I believe that chances of getting a docs patch accepted are
higher if it is posted to new-httpd rather than apache-docs.  I have
always been successful in getting someone there to commit a docs patch for
me (in about a dozen cases).  I am about 1 for 3 getting patches committed
here -- even after being "persistent".  What is the problem?  People with
commit access aren't paying attention to this list, or don't have time to
do anything about it.  (I'm not blaming anyone.  This is just a fact.)

Solutions?
- Encourage more people from new-httpd to come hang out over here as well.
- Give commit access to some of the people hanging out here.  (That was
the original purpose of splitting the repositories, right?)

Anyone else have ideas for how to "activate" this list?

Joshua.


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