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Re: Fwd: Organizing information for new contributors

From: Renoir Boulanger <renoir@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:04:29 -0400
To: Amelia Bellamy-Royds <amelia.bellamy.royds@gmail.com>,public-webplatform@w3.org
Message-ID: <8f46480b-99d9-4ca6-af40-ef17be64bcef@email.android.com>
Hi Amelia,

This is a very thorough email :). We are glad that you want to help and you are welcome to give feedback!

I'm the resident maintainer of the site and I take care of most of the maintenance through the multiple applications we are running.  Besides making sure the site is up, my job is also to ensure that nothing is forgotten so we can rebuild from scratch all of the infrastructure.  

It means that to do "something", I have to touch many layers; servers, their relationships, their running systems and configurations. 

I could talk more about what i'm up to and what is coming but i'm currently at PyCon.

 If you want to learn more and join us in the organization and the efforts, you are most welcome in our weekly community meetings.

Looking forward to working with you
Renoir Boulanger | Developer operations engineer
W3C | webplatform.org

http://w3.org/people/#renoirbhttps://renoirboulanger.com  ✪  @renoirb

On April 10, 2014 8:29:40 PM EDT, Amelia Bellamy-Royds <amelia.bellamy.royds@gmail.com> wrote:
>Hello all,
>My name is Amelia, and although I'm still relatively new to the world
>coding for the web, I'm a firm believer in the philosophy that you
>fully understand a subject until you can explain it to someone else. 
>while I've been teaching myself web programming over this past year, I
>also been active on Stack Overflow answering other people's questions
>creating demos and tutorials on CodePen.  A recent comment from another
>Stack Overflow user suggested that my explanatory skills could make a
>lasting impact contributing to the Web Platform project.
>I'd come across the docs previously as a learner, and liked the idea of
>having a browser-independent reference source, but hadn't found it yet
>ready as a reliable reference.  Now that I'm more confident with my own
>understanding of many areas of the material, I've been poking around
>site this week trying to figure out how best to contribute (and making
>few small edits where I can).
>In doing so, I've stumbled across many useful pages or pieces of
>information geared towards new contributors -- and then found it
>to find them again when I need them as reference!
>While this experience is fresh in my mind, I thought I'd sum up all the
>things that I've found useful as a new contributor, and my suggestions
>making them easier to find.  I'd be happy to make some of these changes
>myself (to the extent they are do-able by a new user with limited
>permissions), but they are the sort of major re-organization that I
>wouldn't want to do without discussion with the established community.
>* The Web Platform home page, http://www.webplatform.org/
>A good overview of the project, current status/priorities, and plenty
>hints about how to get involved.  However, it's a little difficult to
>once you're inside docs.webplatform.org -- the only link back is
>the breadcrumbs.
>My suggestion: make the big "W" logo on each page redirect back to the
>page.  (It currently links to the doc main page, but there is always a
>"DOCS" navigation link right beside it that does the same thing.)
>* The Docs Main Page, http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/Main_Page
>Currently a bit of a multi-purpose page, serving both as the main table
>contents for the docs as well as a bit of an "About" page for the
>Since most of the second type of content duplicates material from the
>page, it might be worth considering removing it from here or shifting
>it to
>a dedicated About page. Removing it could be problematic for the
>versions, since the web platform home page is English only.
>On that note:  Although the English version is easy to get to from
>in the main site (just hit the "DOCS" link in the header), the only way
>get back to a translated main page is through the breadcrumbs.  Is
>anyway to over-ride the header links while inside a translated version?
>There are already more than enough links that bump people back to
>-- when there *is* a translated version of a page it should be easy to
>* The Editor's Guide,
>I saw a mention that you're planning to rename this the "Contributor's
>Guide".  I definitely support that -- "Editor" suggests a
>top-level/administrative function -- but otherwise this is great
>and easy to find.  The only thing I would change would be to add in a
>section at the top that links to the following hard-to-find pages for
>  -> The "Getting Started" Page,
>      This page needs to be cleaned up (the tables are random), but is
>great content for new contributors.  It deserves more prominence than a
>link from Step 3 of the Guide.
>  -> The "Projects" Page, http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/WPD:Projects
>     This page could use a little more information (is there a template
>that could grab the last-modified date and summaries for the linked
>sub-pages?) and of course it would need to be kept-up-to-date, but a
>like this, showing active projects and goals and required tasks to
>them, would be great for helping new contributors get oriented.
>    Currently, there are a number of links around the site to the "Web
>Platform Wednesdays" pages.  However, since regularly scheduled
>don't seem to be sustainable long term, maybe those should all be
>to the Projects page, and the WPW projects be integrated within it.  
>idea of having specific projects with clearly defined tasks and a
>coordinator who can be a contact point for new contributors is great,
>having it linked to a specific date can make it look stale and
>* Filing Bugs, http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/WPD:Filing_Bugs
>The only link I've discovered to this very useful page is within body
>at the bottom of the main docs and community pages.  Would it make
>sense to
>have the "ISSUES" link in the navigation header redirect here instead
>going straight to the project issue tracker?  Or would that be
>for regular users who already know how to report bugs and just want to
>straight to the bug list?
>At the very least, there should be a link to this page from the top of
>http://project.webplatform.org/ (if possible), to provide context and
>guidance for anyone who follows the "ISSUES" link to report a simple
>*** Other Notes ***
>* Get rid of or update the Discussion Page,
>This is one page which I DON'T find useful, in fact I find it
>It isn't up-to-date (doesn't have the link to the web client for IRC)
>even if it was, the material is all already covered, with better
>in Step 2 of the Editor's Guide (
>and in the "Community" page
>Does anyone have any reason for keeping this page alive, let alone in
>header navigation?  I really don't see it adding anything to the
>* Header navigation:
>Currently, some pages have a header navigation bar with the options
>while others have
>As I mentioned above, I don't think the "DISCUSSION" page is adding
>anything useful.  I also think the name "CONTRIBUTE" is better than
>"EDITING", and "CONNECT" may be clearer than "COMMUNITY".  But
>headers are chosen, there should be consistency across the site!
>Any other perspectives on which version should be made universal?
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