I was messaged yesterday on Skype by a friend who pointed to an exchange in the #wordpress irc chat room. The exchange went as follows:
Person 1: Need to ping siobahn !
Person 2: The hot chick or the other one
Person 1: The WP organizer for WCLND
Feel free to go back and read that again if you need to. In case you’re missing the problem – someone was looking for me, and the means for identifying me was not any of the things that I do, but my looks. And not just my looks (i.e. the red-headed one or the blonde one) but based on someone else’s opinion of whether they think I’m attractive or not. Continue reading
I went to the Lake District for a few days with D, Emily & Ishmael, Vicky, Kevin & Sarah and their two children. The weather was beautiful and the landscape was incredible. Photos are by me and D (though mostly by D)
Some people have expressed interest in the overall demographics of the speakers at WordCamp Europe. Since all of the speakers are now confirmed it’s a great opportunity to share some of them with you. I’ve been coordinating the speaker submissions and selection process. I’ve also had a number of questions about the process which I’m happy to detail. Continue reading
Six years ago I bought D a box of photographs on ebay. It wasn’t a very good time in our life – lots of things were turning to shit and stayed that way for a long time. However, D got really into found photographs and so I bought him a job lot on ebay to cheer him up. I remember it arriving – a blue archive folder with the word “Clinical” written on the side. We tipped the hundreds of photographs onto the floor of our living room in Coventry and started to go through them.
Found photographs come imbued with a sense of nostalgia and loss, you can’t help but wonder who the people in the photographs are, feel the loss of a life lived and been and gone. As we went through them we realised that many of the photographs were from the same family, in Germany, during the Nazi period, the war, and afterwards. The same man appeared again and again – he is so distinctive, blonde hair with black-rimmed glasses and an ironic smile. We found so many photos of him that a story started to emerge from the photographs. There was a story to be told, even if it wasn’t the story of these actual people.
D decided to make a film with the photographs. It was to be a photo-roman, like Chris Marker’s La Jetée, but unlike Marker’s film the photographs aren’t staged. He worked on the final project in collaboration with Ben Rowley. I worked on the script (will save that post for another time). Here it is (best watched in a dark room on a big screen with the volume up loud:
D and I are getting rid of our books. Not all of our books, but as many as we possibly can. Some are going on Amazon to be sold, others are going to the charity shop. Our house has become a production line – inspect bookshelf for books to go, search on Amazon to see if they’re worth anything, list on Amazon or put in box for charity shop. Sell book. Post. Continue reading
Janet Swisher works on developer documentation at Mozilla.
What is a docs sprint?
A short period of time that people come together to work on documentation. Book sprints are focused on creating a book. Doc sprints are a natural extension of code sprints, hackathons, hack fests. Book sprints were originally for accelerating the book writing process, but have been used successfully for entire books. See FLOSS manuals. Continue reading
I did a bad job of writing up notes for the other demos, but this one is very relevant to WordPress. Continue reading
Lee Hunter is a technical editor specialising in enterprise applications and enterprise architecture. He’s contributed to Drupal docs since 2006 and been the Drupal Docs Team Lead since February. Continue reading
Rich Bowen has been documenting open source software since 1999
Who is your audience?
The first thing you need to do is understand who your audience are
- where are they coming from?
- where are they?
Michael Verdi works for Mozilla on the SUMO project. Slides are here.
- Does support for all of Mozilla’s products, like Firefox, Firefox for Android, and coming soon Firefox OS.
- 450 million people in 80 languages.
- How? with superheroes.
- Community photo from 2010 has 600 people. At any given people about half of the people working on support.
- Support team has grown from 2 people to 14.