[mythtv-users] Wiki Week - an appeal

Disconnect mythtv at gotontheinter.net
Thu Aug 3 15:36:26 UTC 2006

On Thu, 03 Aug 2006, Justin Hornsby did have cause to say:

> Since the majority of users will be running the latest, greatest
> stable release I think it's only fair.  It's one thing to ask people
> to contribute but quite another (much bigger job) to expect folks to
> maintain multiple versions IMHO.

...and that is the difference between a media center/settop box and a 
computer that plays videos.  I'd say that increasingly, people are going to 
be finding a version that works for them and then leaving it alone. And the 
documentation will need to include those old versions somehow. (The Apache 
httpd project is a good example. The docs are major-versioned - 1.3 and 2.0 
- and there are lots of duplicate pages. But pages are cheap, and 1.3.xx is 
not going to suddenly change behaviour. So the maintenance is lower than 
"two copies of the documentation to keep up to date".)

> You mentioned intiuion & reading between the lines - a fair amount of
> information about Myth has to be gleaned that way already, and it's
> that which I'm trying to reduce by encouraging users help out ;)

On a related note, wiki-days is a great idea but it needs expert/developer 
buy-in.  Telling users to "write it yourself" only goes so far - the 
majority of people who are staring at that page wouldn't be there to begin 
with if they could write it..

(FWIW my box runs fine, mostly. But I'm not going to go screwing with it, 
not even minor updates, because quite a lot of the setup is "magic" that has 
little/no/incorrect documentation. It took a long time to get it working and 
until it breaks, its going to be left alone.)

</rant> ;)

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