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From jan iversen <>
Subject Re: AOO volunteers: essential skills and tasks
Date Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:51:45 GMT
I think asking me would be wrong...I would come with the much to
complicated answers :-)

I really like the idea of simple start page, for people who want to help
without getting so deeply involved as I am trying to become.

May I suggest a wiki page, where we constantly (very frequently write)
- these items needs to be translated to (languages missing)
- these items (e.g. user doc) needs to be enhanced updated.
- and something like, feel free to start with any of these items, that
would really help AOO.

People like myself, is partly beyond help, meaning the best way to help us,
is for someone to be a mentor. Above a given level it becomes too difficult
to write documentaion and much easier to have a mentor (which would save
this list for a lot of noise, for which I apologize).


On 29 October 2012 05:14, Louis Suárez-Potts <> wrote:

> On 12-10-28, at 19:30 , Rob Weir <> wrote:
> > On Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 6:29 PM, Andrea Pescetti <>
> wrote:
> >> On 23/10/2012 Rob Weir wrote:
> >>>
> >>> New Volunteer Orientation root page:
> >>>
> >>
> >>
> >> This is an excellent resource. But we received a few requests from
> >> prospective volunteers this weekend and I'm believing it would be
> >> overwhelming to point them there. I still believe these documents are
> >> excellent, but probably they are assuming our volunteer is above
> average, or
> >> at least willing to engage deeply with the project. They would be
> perfect
> >> for me, for you, or for a newcomer like Jan who has the skills and the
> >> mindset to understand in detail how things work.
> >>
> >
> > And how do we know in advance which volunteers are like Jan and which
> are not?
> >
> > I think we should find some way to point them to the info and say that
> > they are welcome to jump in and ignore this all, or skim it in
> > parallel with direct participation, or read through this stuff first.
> > It is entirely up to them.
> I agree. One thing that worked sometimes at Ye Olde OpenOffice was simply
> to ask Jan and others what they would want there to make life easier for us
> all. This strategy has a couple of advantages. One is that by crowdsourcing
> it one can plausibly get answers that differ from the ones we, so familiar
> with this site and what we do would not come up with, and two, share the
> responsibility of improvement with the community affected. That latter is
> goodness.
> -louis

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