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Tips For Documentation Writers (This Means You Too, Ace Coders)

Dec 04, 2008, 23:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"It might be worth mentioning that decent documentation benefits everyone; I mention it because it seems that not everyone understands this. It benefits software developers because then users won't pester them as much. (Don't complain about getting asked the same question over and over-- publish a FAQ.) Knowledgeable users help other users and figure out cool ingenious hacks. Users turn into contributors more easily when they don't have to dive into source code to figure out anything. Having to figure out everything the hard way is a waste of time.

"This all might sound odd coming from someone who makes a living writing Linux howtos, but way too much of it is painfully figuring out the basics. I'd rather be getting into fun advanced and creative things than having to continually start from the beginning."

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