Intro and wiki info

susan_lists at susan_lists at
Sat Jan 24 01:18:18 UTC 2009


I thought I should introduce myself to the packaging list and devel list.
I'm here to help with documentation in general and packaging related wiki
pages specifically.  This includes the Packaging:, PackageMaintainers/*, and
PackagingDrafts/* pages of the wiki. My immediate tasks include helping with
page naming and categories to aid with searches.  I am also available to
assist with any proofreading.

My $dayjob is mostly teaching and mostly for Red Hat (RHCE and RHCA
classes). I've been *nix user and admin and instructor for years but I am
fairly new as contributer.  I have started out helping with the Fedora Docs
Project and after meeting several people at FUDConF11, accepted the lead on
the docs team side for the packaging docs.  It is really a liaison position
between the docs team and the packaging team and other contributors to
packaging documentation.  In addition to the renaming, categorizing, and
proofreading, I am sure I will be helping with moving the Packaging
Guidelines to the CMS when we decide on a system and I have DocBook
experience to assist if any of the pages move to XML for other publishing.

>From a docs side, the first thing that needs to occur is some renaming and
categorization.  Since it is a wiki and it is easy to undo changes, I am
going to dig in add some categories and then start some page renaming.  I
won't be offended if anything gets undone but I hope that those who have
worked so hard to get the pages where they are will also jump in with some

Here are some links that will help explain what needs to occur:  - This page explains
page naming, namespaces, and categories. - The
first week is about moving pages (preview available now)

For example the current page [[PackageMaintainers/MaintainerResponsibility]]
would not currently be found in a search for either "package" or
"maintainers" because the mediawiki search uses whole word searches only.
We also want to eliminate the hierarchy.  A better name would be [[Package
maintainer responsibilities]].

I was looking at the page see a lot of good
naming suggestions in the link names and descriptions.
With renaming, categories, and subcategories we can even generate a similar
page automatically.
Check out the fonts pages for an example:
Something similar can be done for
I am still looking for suggestions for subcategories for the Package
Maintainers pages.

If there are pages that are old or no longer in use they can be moved to the
Archive namespace.  Simply click the move button at the top of the page and
add Archive: at the beginning of the name.  For instance
PackageMaintainers/FC3Status has recently been moved to
Archive:PackageMaintainers/FC3Status  Anything pointing to the original name
is automatically redirected to the new name. This way the page still exists
and can be found with an advanced search but will not appear in default
search that a visitor to the site may use.  Can
PackageMaintainers/PackageStatus/CompsF9Missing also be archived?

Finally, there is a fedora-wiki mailing list that has announcements and
tips, but is also a good place to ask questions and discuss names and

And I am often on #fedora-docs as laubersm (or some variation) but anyone
there should also be able to help.

I look forward to helping and I appreciate any suggestions.


Susan Lauber, (RHCX, RHCA, RHCSS)
Lauber System Solutions, Inc.
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