[CentOS-docs] New User Wishes to Contribute

R P Herrold

herrold at centos.org
Thu Oct 1 15:26:40 UTC 2009

On Wed, 30 Sep 2009, Phil Schaffner wrote:

> Agreed, and there have been discussions of opening the process.  For now
> it's a meritocracy.   Follow the process, become known to the community,
> make some good contributions, then ask for a higher level of access.
> Chances are it will be granted.
> P.S. Also develop a thick skin.  :-)  This could be a proving-ground for
> technical writers in-training, and the constructive criticism can
> sometimes be a bit heavy, but it is generally well-intended.

As one of the lead mosquito's [1], I resemble that remark

Seriously, to me, I've been thinking about it the source of my 
concern for the last couple of weeks, and the tension comes 
down to 'core' v 'adjunct' and has a reasonably simple 
resolution -- split the two, and put all non-core material in 
a 'projects.centos.org' sub domain

That would permit a clear division of 'official' content -- 
rebuilds of upstream doco, an authoritative 'watched' wiki 
component for docoing CentOS specific variants, a 
target to point to as to recurring IRC, forum, etc issues, and 
another place open much more widely (in: x.projects. ... ) for 
whatever the cat wants to drag in.  I'll happily ignore what 
happens in 'projects', and the 'official' retains merit 
without pollution

We do it with the division between [base] and [updates] - v - 
[centosplus] and [testing] split ... I am examining [extras] 
content this week, and suspect I'll find some vulnerable items 
that I've not been watching for.  I had missed the fact we 
were shipping [addons] and [extras] enabled, as I always drop 
in custom configs for yum, and I need to complete an audit. 
[[addons] is empty as to C5 where my focus lies -- it too 
needs a review for prior versions]

Just my current thinking

-- Russ herrold

[1] http://blog.petaflop.de/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/giant-mosquito-bites-riesenmoskito-riesenmuecke-end-of-alaska-highway-mile-1422-delta-junction-alaska-usa-dscn0969.jpg

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