[Python-Dev] What's New editing

David Mertz mertz at gnosis.cx
Mon Jul 6 04:42:10 CEST 2015

On Sun, Jul 5, 2015 at 6:06 PM, Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 6 July 2015 at 03:52, R. David Murray <rdmurray at bitdance.com> wrote:
> > Just so people aren't caught unawares, it is very unlikely that I will
> have
> > time to be the final editor on "What's New for 3.5" they way I was for
> 3.3 and
> > 3.4.
> And thank you again for your work on those!
> > I've tried to encourage people to keep What's New up to date, but
> > *someone* should make a final editing pass.  Ideally they'd do at least
> the
> > research Serhiy did last year on checking that there's a mention for all
> of the
> > versionadded and versionchanged 3.5's in the docs.  Even better would be
> to
> > review the NEWS and/or commit history...but *that* is a really big job
> these
> > days....
> What would your rough estimate of the scope of work be? As you note,
> the amount of effort involved in doing a thorough job of that has
> expanded beyond what can reasonably be expected of volunteer
> contributors, so I'm wondering if it might make sense for the PSF to
> start offering a contract technical writing gig to finalise the What's
> New documentation for each new release.

I think I might be able to "volunteer" for the task of writing/editing the
"What's New in 3.5" docs.  I saw David's comment on it today, so obviously
haven't yet had a chance to run it by my employer (Continuum Analytics),
but I have a hunch they would allow me to do it at least in large part as
paid time.  I am experienced as a technical writer, follow python-dev,
write about new features, but am *not*, however, my self an existing core

If there is interest in this, or at least it seems plausible, I can run it
by my employer tomorrow to see about getting enough time allocated (using
David Murray's past experience as a guideline for what's likely to be

Yours, David...

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