Thanks Gnome Foundation, Shaun McCance and Marina Zhurakhinskaya to give me the opportunity to have a
good start in the program!. As part of rhe Gnome Documentation team, I attended an Open Help Conference where I met and interacted with experts in the documentation field and other members of the Gnome documentation team like Jim Camphell, Phil Bull, Tiffany Antopolski and Kellly Sinnott. The conference included theory about writing and examples of managing contributors in many communities. Hackfest Gnome Documentation was also part of the adventure, so I got my hands dirty with the git commit -a, git pull –rebase and git push origin gnome-3-0…
The adventure started on June, 1st, international travel can be an exciting experience, especially if you are traveling abroad for the first time ever! It is a good way to get people more involved and engage to a new Free Software or any project you start… so, everything was different!, the food, the quiet environment, the way you feel the sun, greetings, interaction with pets like Napolio, the dog & Fred, the cat… the culture shock was scaring me like a little baby 🙄
Well.. beside all the things, I learned that what I am doing, it’s not only writing… It is more than test and try what developers and designers made with passion and discipline. I’m not saying this because I am involved in the Gnome team documentation, these feelings stem from people of different communities like Mozilla, OpenStack, Red Hat, BSD, as well as people who are interested in open-source help.
In total, I learned from two mentors: Shaun McCance and Phil Bull, they care so much about every single word we offer to our users… elegance and simplicity are also important tasks in our writing. I was worried all the time about pics, but they taught me through their writings that if you are a good writer you can explain the ‘help user’ step by step in a didactic manner 🙂 I also learned from the entire group during brainstorm to set new documentation projects and the way they categorize the topics, contents and problems. We reviewed outdated files and I did commits and pushs of *.page files about files*, nautilus* and disk*, doing always git checkout *.page.
My adventure in USA finished on June, 9th and you can see more pics here, I hope you like them D: