I'm thinking about writing my own manual without any collaboration. I don't want to be bogged down with arguments about the content and trying to cater for every possible configuration. My manual would be aimed at the sort of person that will buy the standard preloaded Fedora SD-card, doesn't want to get into 'how to set up linux on an SD card'. They will get straight into using what has been provided, at a very slow step-by-step pace and with as little techno-babble as possible. I think there is a demographic audience that will appreciate this. I'm not too interested in helping the ones that already have the confidence to do their own research.
That is the kind of documentation we are starting with. A simple "dummies" guide to solve a specific task, not an epic novel like "war and peace".
We have accidentally stumbled upon a 2-page double-sided UK A4 (or US Letter) size datasheet, that seems to work well and provide just enough information to be useable without being overwhelming.
I am due to start putting the first four of our 2-page guides up on the eLinux wiki today for review and translation. We planned on doing this yesterday but we were juggling this with helping Liam with the torrents last night (didn't he do well).
We already have a the first few 2-page guides almost complete as "print ready" PDF's, but Liz reviewed them this morning and pointed out a couple of minor corrections and issues with a photo and image we used (where the copyright belongs to a third party and not the foundation), so these just need fixing first before we can show anyone them.
Jaseman: If you drop me a line on email and pass on your details we can take your content and format it in the same style as the other guides (without trying to modify your content, or have a public discussion about what should or shouldn't be in it).
The same goes for anyone else who thinks they could contribute two pages of text on a particular topic, or translate a topic, but couldn't write a whole document from start to finish.
If you email me at [email protected]
I can do the necessary work to get it translated and turned into a PDF guide.