In the previous entries of this series of posts I have tied to dazzle you with examples of the awesome content provided at UserBase. Today I have to confess: Not all is well. There are some glaring omissions. It would take a very long post to list all the things that you really should be able to find on UserBase. Instead I’ll focus on just one area: Calligra.
If you follow the link, you’ll se a page linking to pages for each application in the Calligra suite, so we have the basic presentations, but nothing much else. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a growing collection of tutorials or tips-and-tricks pages for the Calligra apps?
But who would write them? Coders are busy coding, testers are testing till the cows come home and documenters are sweating over the manuals (more about which in a later post). Someone else will have to step up to the plate.
Anyone can contribute
You may remember from a previous post how the digiKam tutorials are lifted from the blogs of Dmitri Popov and Mohamed Malik (with permission, of course). So you see, you don’t even have to learn wiki markup to contribute. Just fire up your blog and get posting – and then get in touch. You are of course very welcome to write directly on UserBase if you prefer.
One lesson not to take home from the digiKam tutorials is the sophistication of those blogs. They are written by advanced users, and we are very grateful for their contributions; just don’t get the impression that you have to go to the same level of depth to contribute something valuable. A simple tutorial on how to use one of the many tools provided by the Calligra apps would be a godsend for many new users.
In fact, any user of an application can contribute something valuable to the community by blogging about how they use the application. So don’t hesitate: Share your knowledge! Calligra users, I’m looking at you.