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From Sebastian Schelter <>
Subject Re: Website, urgent help needed
Date Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:43:21 GMT
Hi Scott,

Create a jira ticket and attach your scripts and a text version of the 
page there.


On 03/12/2014 03:27 PM, Scott C. Cote wrote:
> I took the tour of the text analysis and pushed through despite the
> problems on the page.  Commiters helped me over the hump where others
> might have just gave up (to your point).
> When I did it, I made shell scripts so that my steps would be repeatable
> with an anticipation of updating the page.
> Unforunately, I gave up on trying to figure out how to update the page
> (there were links indicating that I could do it), and I didnĀ¹t want to
> appear to be stupid asking how to update the documentation (my bad - not
> anyone else).  Now I know that it was not possible unless I was a commiter.
> Who should I send my scripts to, or how should I proceed with a current
> form of the page?
> SCott
> On 3/12/14, 5:02 AM, "Sebastian Schelter" <> wrote:
>> Hi Pavan,
>> Awesome that you're willing to help. The documentation are the pages
>> listed under "Clustering" in the navigation bar under
>> If you start working on one of the pages listed there (e.g. the k-Means
>> doc), please created jira ticket in our issue tracker with a title along
>> the lines of "Cleaning up the documentation for k-Means 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.
>> Thanks,
>> Sebastian
>> On 03/12/2014 08:48 AM, Pavan Kumar N wrote:
>>> i ll help with clustering algorithms documentation. do send me old
>>> documentation and i will check and remove errors.  or better let me know
>>> how to proceed.
>>> Pavan
>>> On Mar 12, 2014 12:35 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 have been startled by the amout of outdated and incorrect information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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