It's a large, mature, popular open source project.
In 2008 and 2009 we participated in Google's Summer of Code, taking 7 students in all.For Google Season of Documentation 2019 we would like to mentor one technical writer.
How do you currently document Audacity?
- We have two wikis:
- This wiki for all kinds of information
- Our wiki for the manual.
Can you say more about the manual?
- The manual is 90% a reference, organised in terms of features of the program.
- The manual contains annotated/clickable screenshots and a sidebar to help navigation.
- We have scripts to collect the manual
- We distribute a copy with Audacity
- Help buttons in Audacity link to many of the pages.
Can you say more about this general wiki?
- It's a rag bag of miscellaneous information, and that's fine. That's what it is for.
- It does have some organisation for potential contributors.
Is that everything?
- Nope. The forum is pretty important for our users questions, and we have a feedback email address which is active too.
- Frequent questions there end up on our FAQ (which is in the manual).
- We often refer people to the FAQ in the manual.
- There is a somewhat experimental 'what is that?' page which repackages the manual in a more visual/interactive format.
- Our main website has some information about audacity as a project too.
- Developers will look in our source code for code documentation and building instructions.
What experience do your mentors and admins have?
- (Mentor) Peter - Principle writer and maintainer on the manual
- (Mentor) James - Audacity developer, does some writing about new features. Works on templates and automation that (should) reduce work in images and tables.
- (Admin) Steve - Audacity developer, writes some tutorials. Very active answering user questions on the Audacity forum.
- (Admin) Buanzo - Our Sysadmin. Helps users with FFmpeg and LAME Audacity plug-ins.
What previous experience has Audacity had in documentation or collaborating with technical writers?
What previous experience has Audacity had mentoring individuals?
What editorial principles do you have?