One of the most important ways an open source community interacts is by helping one another. This weekend gives everyone in the Joomla! community a fun new way to do just that. The first world-wide documentation camp for the Joomla! project kicks off tomorrow, Saturday 19th January 2008 and will continue all the way through Monday evening.
What is a documentation camp?
Good question. With the release of Joomla! 1.5 right around the corner, our community has a big need for new documentation on nearly every aspect of Joomla!. In a sentence this documentation camp is a lot of community members working together over the course of a weekend to write up a massive amount of documentation for the soon to be released Joomla! 1.5. We have a very large wishlist of tasks to be accomplished ready and waiting for anyone and everyone who can participate. To make everyone's life easy we have split off tasks into bite-sized items so that no one has to dedicate more time than he or she can afford during the event.
The entire Joomla! community benefits from good documentation. The better our documentation is the easier it is for new people to use and get comfortable with Joomla!. It is also much more likely that whatever issue you are having or thing you cannot figure out is already documented somewhere and you do not have to go searching through the forum or waiting on someone to respond to you for answers. Participating in this event means you are helping yourself as well as everyone else in this community.
Who should participate?
Everyone! We have need of everyone from Joomla! Jedi Master to brand new people still struggling with what on earth a mambot is. We need people to answer questions and people to ask questions; people to write from a complete novice's point of view as well as produce very technical, development orientated texts. There is room for everyone, so come one, come all.
How can I participate?
I KNEW you wanted to participate! It is quite simple. If you have a local group of Joomla! users you meet up with, consider getting together during the event and join the rest of us in IRC . If you don't have a local group or are registered to attend a physical location then come join everyone in IRC .
This is a perfect opportunity to make new friends in the Joomlaverse and help the community all in one. In the open source spirit we will be working collaboratively using a wiki for most tasks. If you are unsure on how to use a wiki then this is a perfect opportunity to learn with friends.
Keep your eyes on the documentation wiki and join us during the weekend in IRC to get involved... you won't regret it.