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From Gaurav Misra <>
Subject Re: Website, urgent help needed
Date Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:35:03 GMT
Hi Sebastian,

Thanks for your effort with cleaning up the website. I've created an issue
for cleaning up the two examples under clustering, part of this might need
some new pages created to fix some broken links. I'll update the JIRA
ticket as needed over the next day or two.


*Gaurav Misra*

On Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 6:04 AM, Sebastian Schelter <> wrote:

> Hi Manoj,
> Awesome that you're willing to help.
> I suggest we proceed analogously to the clustering cleanup:
> The documentation are the pages listed under "Classification" in the
> navigation bar under
> If you start working on one of the pages listed there (e.g. the Naive
> Bayes doc), please created jira ticket in our issue tracker with a title
> along the lines of "Cleaning up the documentation for Naive Bayes on the
> website".
> Put a list of errors and corrections into the jira and I (or some other
> committer) will make sure to fix the website.
> Best,
> Sebastian
> On 03/12/2014 09:05 AM, Manoj Awasthi wrote:
>> Thanks Sebastian to you and others for effort in cleaning up the website
>> interface. It looks much better (fonts & layout) and much more usable if I
>> may say.
>> I will be happy to volunteer for the pages under classification in
>> whatever
>> ways I can. I would want to contribute specially on verifying that the
>> examples provided work in the form they exist on the website and will be
>> happy to do any corrections wherever possible.
>> If there is initial backlog list which provides tasks at a granular level
>> then it will be great OR I can start looking on the page myself.
>> Manoj
>> On Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 12:33 PM, Sebastian Schelter <>
>> wrote:
>>  Hi,
>>> As you've probably noticed, I've put in a lot of effort over the last
>>> days
>>> to kickstart cleaning up our website. I've thrown out a lot of stuff and
>>> have been startled by the amout of outdated and incorrect information on
>>> our website, as well as links pointing to nowhere.
>>> I think our lack of documentation makes it superhard to use Mahout for
>>> new
>>> people. A crucial next step is to clean up the documentation on
>>> classification and clustering. I cannot do this alone, because I don't
>>> have
>>> the time and I'm not so familiar with the background of the algorithms.
>>> I need volunteers to go through all the pages under "Classification" and
>>> "Clustering" on the website. For the algorithms, the content and claims
>>> of
>>> the articles need to be checked, for the examples we need to make sure
>>> that
>>> everything still works as described. It would also be great to move
>>> articles from personal blogs to our website.
>>> Imagine that some developer wants to try out Mahout and takes one hour
>>> for
>>> that in the evening. She will go to our website, download Mahout, read
>>> the
>>> description of an algorithm and try to run an example. In the current
>>> state
>>> of the documentation, I'm afraid that most people will walk away
>>> frustrated, because the website does not help them as it should.
>>> Best,
>>> Sebastian
>>> PS: I will make my standpoint on whether Mahout should do a 1.0 release
>>> depend on whether we manage to clean up and maintain our documentation.

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