The new wiki is upon us! There are so many pages I want to add, and I’m sure that there are pages that some of you want to add as well. This weekend I will be rewriting the hardware installation guide and I really want to start to fill in the other pages as well. That leaves me to look for a couple of volunteers.
If you look at the red links, those are pages that we need filled out. I would like to get a few writers to write some specific pages on the wiki. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you are an expert in that particular area, but you can hunt the forums and create some screenshots if you need be.
I’ve worked with and around online volunteer communities since the late 90’s and there are a few things that I have learned that will help it go smoothly.
- Limited expectations. Everyone has a life and life also changes. It’s no big deal. If you volunteer, you will have one or two pages that you choose to do and that’s it. You will also only have access to those particular pages, so no one can come and ask you to do more. This is purely volunteer and an unpaid position, so only put in effort when you get the chance. Don’t stress and don’t think you will get a drop of hassle for not being able to get it done.
- Easy in, Easy out. You want to help? cool. Which pages? cool. You don’t have time anymore? cool. Your time situation changes and you can’t help anymore. It’s all good in the hood. No worries.
The most important thing is the information. We want to keep as much information off of the screenshots and in the text as possible. If you do a diagram, do it as best as you can, but don’t worry if its not perfect. Just get the information across.
Second most important thing is the information architecture. How the ideas are laid out and in what fashion. Do you think a particular area should be a separate page? Cool, let’s talk about it because it probably should. We just need to figure out where to link it, etc.
Third most important thing is the layout. We want it very simple and in lots of lists that people can follow along. The rest of the wiki is written like that for the most part, so let’s try to maintain that.
How do you apply?
Send me an email (email@example.com) with your forum username and the pages you want to write. That’s it.
PS: We will be looking for translators in about a month when the subjects are written better and we get more feedback from you all. Once they are in a good place and no rewrites in the future, we will be looking for people to translate the text into your languages.