[Doc-SIG] greetings from new volunteer and question about documentation needs

Ralf Gommers ralf.gommers at googlemail.com
Wed Oct 14 16:49:08 CEST 2009

Hi Serdar,

On Sun, Oct 11, 2009 at 6:34 PM, Serdar Tumgoren <zstumgoren at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi everyone!
> I'm new to the Python volunteer community, and another member
> suggested that helping out with documentation is a great way to get
> started.
> A bit of background on me: I'm a journalist who recently made the
> shift to full-time database work for Congressional Quarterly, a news
> organization based in Washington, D.C. I started dabbling with Python
> two years ago, and now have the good fortune to use it daily in my
> work.  Python and its community have helped me enormously, so I
> figured it's time to give something back.
> I've started reading the style guide for documentation writers, but I
> wasn't able to dig up a list of projects or priorities that need
> doing. Is there such a list? If not, should we start one on the
> doc-sig page of the Python wiki?

There is no such list as far as I know, but almost any large Python project
will welcome help with open arms.

> http://www.python.org/community/sigs/current/doc-sig/
> For me, such a list would help focus my efforts on the genuine needs
> of the community.  And it could help others who'd like to contribute
> but are not sure where to begin.
> So please let me know what you think about the idea of a priority
> list, or better yet, reply back with specific project ideas or needs.

What you could do is ask on the mailing list of a project you are interested
in / a user of. For me, I'm a scientist and therefore focused on
contributing to NumPy and SciPy docs. For you it may be something related to

If you pick something you already enjoy using you will be able to contribute
most effectively imho.

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