Pidgin needs a manual

Ananda Samaddar ananda.kumar.samaddar at
Wed May 14 21:41:26 EDT 2008

On Wed, 14 May 2008 20:16:32 -0500
"Mark Doliner" <mark at> wrote:

> On Wed, 14 May 2008 23:08:01 +0100, Ananda Samaddar wrote
> > 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!
> I'm certainly not opposed to this.  One thing to keep in mind is
> that, for features in Pidgin that are confusing or difficult to use,
> we're open to suggestions on how to change Pidgin to make it easier
> to use and understand.
> -Mark

Thanks for that. My main motivation behind doing this is to lower the
barrier for non-geeks in using Pidgin.  People need to be aware of the
usefulness of a multi-protocol messaging app.  Also even more
importantly after using Pidgin (and Gaim) for years I've just
discovered the wonders of OTR messaging.  It's important to get people
using stuff like OTR in my opinion, and it's not that hard to do with
Pidgin if there's an up to date and easily understandable manual.


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