David Horton started on TLDP Job Descriptions. Currently defined are Author, Chief Coordinator, Document Publisher, Document Reviewer, Mirror Maintainer, News Contributor, News Editor and Technical Contributor. David will be further polling and charting out the responsibilities of all volunteers; the goal is to include this documentation on the TLDP site to make it clear to people who want to contribute to and understand the procedures of the LDP.
Machtelt Garrels is working on a graphical representation of the publishing process and the maintenance flowchart which is to be included in the Author Guide. She also proposed to make a flowchart of the relation between the job responsibilities within TLDP as an addition to David Horton's work. A draft of the flowchart is available.
Stephan Reuter has started the Linux Archive site, where you can find HOWTOs and other documents in German. Among the ever-growing list of translated documents:
Blake Benthall proposed to set up a Wikified mirror. The proposal was discussed at large and Blake setup a preliminary WIKI for testing of his HTML to WIKI conversion scripts at the site http://tldp.sys-techs.com/wiki/index.php/Special:Allpages.
Rahul Sundaram wanted to include "modifiability of documents as a licensing requirement" in the LDP manifesto and also suggested modifying the authors guide. This led to a discussion on licensing and various licenses available for documentation. Emma Jane Hogbin posted changes to the authors guide and asked for suggestions and comments. The thread petered out and went on to discuss how Debian handles documentation and Emma sent a mail to the maintainers to the doc-linux and doc-linux-nonfree Debian packages requesting a "a succinct explanation on the distinction so that they [TLDP authors] may choose the best license for their document".
David Lawyer proposed that The LDP partition the existing and expected future LDP docs into say 20-40 categories and find a subject specialist for each category. "She would first review all the docs on this subject. If docs were not being adequately maintained, she would try to find new authors. She would also try to find authors for areas covered by the subject but not adequately by any LDP docs. She would suggest mergers or splits in exiting documents. New doc proposals would go the the appropriate subject specialist." He said that there should be a subject specialist coordinator and "the subject specialist coordinator would need to have good knowledge of all aspects of Linux and have time to check out the facts when disputes arose. The subject specialist coordinator and assistants would initially have to find people to do reviews for cases where there was no subject specialist to do it. The subject specialist coordinator might keep a list of people willing to do technical reviews". People in general thought that this would be a good idea and went on to discuss it further.
The following are the latest additions to our list of mirrors:
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