Pidgin needs a manual

Moritz 'Morty' Strübe morty at
Wed May 14 19:36:00 EDT 2008

Hi Ananda,

I think that's a good idea. Though I think there should be some thought 
in how much effort to put into it, and in which form the data should be 

In my experience often someone put a lot of work into a manual and then 
it isn't maintained any more.
Possible solution: Maybe it's possible to put everything in a wiki and 
create an online help _and_ a manual from this data.

I think up-to-dateness of typical actions/problems (Create an account / 
add buddy, etc) should have an higher priority then completeness. Most 
of the actions (writing a message) are so simple that they don't really 
need documentation. Others are so geeky, that most "normal" users won't 
ever need them (and the geeks understand them without doc). Basically I 
want to say: Quality over Quantity. And to put some thought in what is 
worth to be put into the documentation, and what should rather not be 
added because the time can be spent better.

Besides that: I'm willing to give feedback on documentation (read and 
comment it), but I'm afraid, I won't be able to put "real" work into 
this project.

Morty (who should be in bed, and therefore hopes his thoughts are not 
too confused)

Ananda Samaddar schrieb:
> Hi all,
> I'm a long time Pidgin user on both Windows and Linux.  It's a great
> application but I think it really needs a proper manual so non-techies
> can use it.  I am volunteering to take part in an effort to create such
> a manual and I've got a few ideas already.
> If you're interested and want to help please reply with suggestions
> etc.  If a few people are interested then we can come up with a plan
> for creating some decent documentation for a great messaging
> application and take if from there.  If no-one else is then it'll be a
> one-man effort!
> regards,
> Ananda Samaddar
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