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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <dennis.hamil...@acm.org>
Subject RE: Editing Download page
Date Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:46:31 GMT


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Patricia Shanahan [mailto:pats@acm.org]
> Sent: Saturday, July 23, 2016 19:18
> To: dev@openoffice.apache.org
> Subject: Re: Editing Download page
> 
> Marcus:
> 
> Please add "Experienced lead technical writers" to the requested skills.
> See the "Is it time to shut down this effort?" thread.
[orcmid] 

I don't think that will hurt.  I think it misses the point.

What we need most of all are users of the product who write.  Drawing on experience in technical
writing of user-facing materials is a plus.

Technical writers need content or sources to work with.  They also need a sense of what is
relevant to whom where.

For Apache OpenOffice, I think that takes some devotion and interest in the product.  Resume/experience
building is all right but not enough by itself.  And I think we have been seeing that in some
cases.

I am not certain what we can expect of a lead technical writer in our situation.  It might
be to tease out organization of the wiki content and addressing different important cases
(getting started, user guides, reference manuals, tutorial materials, examples, etc.)  We
do need some coherence on what it is we are writing, and for whom.

 - Dennis


> 
> On 7/22/2016 1:14 PM, Marcus wrote:
> > Am 07/22/2016 08:35 PM, schrieb Patricia Shanahan:
> >> On 7/22/2016 11:05 AM, Marcus wrote:
> >>> Am 07/22/2016 07:45 PM, schrieb Patricia Shanahan:
> >>>> I am trying to edit www.openoffice.org/download/ to add a box for
> >>>> recruiting developers. It seems to be a rather complicated page,
> with
> >>>> internationalization.
> >>>
> >>> yes, to give the L10n groups the possibility to translate their
> >>> webpages. But only the strings. Everything else should be the same
> look
> >>> & feel. Therefore the heavy use of scripting.
> >>
> >> The new box should probably follow conventions, but we really need
> >> written English competence for AOO developers, because this mailing
> list
> >> and a lot of the web pages are in English.
> >
> > this is not mentioned in any way on the "get-involved.html" webpage.
> > Should we add this there also?
> >
> > Of course no native speaker level is need. But somehow a level that
> > makes it not too difficult to communicate (mails, Bugzilla, source
> code
> > comments, etc.).
> >
> >>>> If anyone is familiar with how to edit it, and has time to help me,
> >>>> please reply.
> >>>
> >>> Maybe you have overlooked my previous answer on your "Attracting new
> >>> developers" thread. ;-) I'll look on the weekend for the necessary
> >>> updates.
> >>
> >> I didn't interpret it as a commitment to do the changes, and I am in
> a
> >> Just Do It mood this week. If you can do the changes, great.
> >>
> >> The images etc. for an orange box are already there, are not
> currently
> >> being used, and I think orange would be an appropriate color. I would
> >> like to see it go fairly high up on the page, perhaps immediately
> above
> >> the "share" box.
> >
> > OK, I'll take this into account. Unfortunately, the orange icon is the
> > one for a download and not the share icon.
> >
> >> The key skills we need most urgently right now seem to be application
> >> build tools and C++ programming. Anything else?
> >
> > My technical additions need a bit more time but in the meantime here
> are
> > my text suggestions:
> >
> > Box headline:
> > "Developers Needed"
> >
> > Box text:
> > "Are you a software developer with C++ skills or have you deeper
> > knowledge about building software? Do you like to work in open source
> > projects and you are familar with the English language? Then come to
> us
> > and help Apache OpenOffice to grow."
> >
> > Box mouse-over:
> > "The Apache OpenOffice project need software developers to grow its
> base"
> >
> > Not perfect but a start - for discussion and improvement.
> >
> > Marcus
> >
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