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Re: [Bug-gnubg] From the viewpoint of a newcomer

From: Joern Thyssen
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] From the viewpoint of a newcomer
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 15:09:38 +0000
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On Thu, Aug 14, 2003 at 11:04:31AM -0400, Jim Blue wrote
> I'm seeing GnuBG (Windows version 030805) from the point of view of a
> newcomer, and not at all from the point of view of a developer or of a
> BG expert. Maybe this will help the developers.
> While most of you are concerned with deeper matters, I see things such
> as the rollout window with a column of "Rank/no. JSDs", and don't find
> the meaning of JSD covered in any documentation I can find, except that
> it's some kind of standard deviation.
> Thorpe count and Kleinman count similarly, mentioned in Albert Silver's
> "All about Gnu BG" but not defined, and no hint of their utility. (Using
> Google, I could find what they are, but have no idea if the definitions
> I found, from the rec.games.backgammon archive, are the ones used in the
> program.)

Most developers find writing documentation boring, which is why it
rarely gets done.

Writing documentation is a great way for non-programmers to contribute
to open source projects such as gnubg.


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