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Re: help wanted page

From: Ian Hulin
Subject: Re: help wanted page
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2009 14:32:40 +0000
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Graham Percival wrote:
I've made a first draft of the "help us" page:

I'm not very happy with the result, but I can't put my finger on
precisely why.  Maybe it's that I've forgotten some ways that
people can help, without source code, or without compiling
stuff...?  Maybe it's just too wordy?  Maybe the OS-icons don't
really help, and only clutter up the page?

Opinions sought.

- Graham

Hi Graham,
This is a 'first impressions' response - I'll have a longer think and send some more feedback later.

In the two headings 'No source, no programming' 'With source, no programming' I can see what you're trying to do, but the impact is strangely to someone reading it for the first time start the headings off with what you *do* want people to do e.g.

"Be an active user - no need to change the source or program Lilypond internals" "Help improve or translate the documentation, you'll need to access the source code, but no programming is involved"

I know these may seem a bit long-winded or touchy-feely but as this page is trying to attract people into helping us, so it's important to hook them with how they can help at the start of these sentences rather what they don't need to do or shouldn't be doing.

Maybe take GLISS and GOP onto another 'Future Projects' page, with a reference from this page. That way this page is fully focused on getting new bodies on board, outlining what they could do and how they can start their apprenticeship via the Frogs.



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