[mythtv-users] Re:MythTV Help Website
kuhn at razorsys.com
Wed Apr 14 09:29:56 EDT 2004
I set to get everyones permission to mirror their docs.. many people
would not respond (probably dont have the same email address) and other
people flat out told me no.. or said maybe.. i got frustrated and pulled
the site offline..
all i wanted todo was make a central place for info... even this idea
rubbed people the wrong way... they felt mythtv.org gave all the info
anyone could possibly ever need.. but it seems "google for it" and
"search the list" are still very popular responses..
anyways.. i am willing to install a wiki at mythtv.info when i get some
time.. possibly this weekend..
Kyle Anderson wrote:
>It sounds like you had a bad experience. When you say "due to lack of
>support," do you mean financially? Or from the community, "dissallowing me
>to simply mirror their mythtv howtos/docs?"
>I recently read an article
>http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue9_4/levesque/index.html referred from
>slashdot about some complaints about OSS. Here is a quote:
>"Also, anyone who has ever had to debug a problem in Open Source software
>knows that the answers don't lie in Open Source software documentation: they
>'re found in Usenet articles, bulletin boards and chat logs. Users who can't
>figure out how to do something runs to alt.projectx.devel and asks the same
>question as hundreds of users before them. Some expert takes pity on their
>plight and responds to their question, but never documents this answer. So
>when the next user hits the same problem, the process has to be repeated.
>Additionally, this is making the fundamentally flawed assumption that users
>are capable of finding these alternative streams of communication , or
>that they're patient enough and care about the product enough, to bother.
>Without adequate documentation, Open Source projects are inherently at a
>This is exactly what I want to solve. First with online documentation, then
>with in program documentation. From your experience, how do you recommend I
>proceed? Searching through mailing list archives for answers is not a great
>system. I believe a comprehensive website is a better one. There are many
>other guides and howto's out there. A website is a good Idea, but I don't
>really want to compete, I would rather contribute. But not to a message
>board or mailing list.
>>I own Mythtv.info which i shut down... due to lack of support..
>>I am considering putting a wiki at the site and letting it and its users
>>Kyle Anderson wrote:
>>> I have been using MythTv for a few months and I love it. The
>>>process has forced me to dive deeply into the world of unix and open
>>>source, and I would like to contribute to the community.
>>> I am designing a website. It will be a place for comprehensive
>>>documentation on all aspects of MythTv. I don't want it to replace the
>>>mailing list, or the official site; but a website people can goto and
>>>find out what that toilet paper icon means :)
>>> What do you guys think? How does mythtvhelp.com sound?
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