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Re: [opensuse-wiki] Forum squad introductions.
  • From: Jon Rocker <linux.learner@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2009 20:00:49 -0700
  • Message-id: <ae19ac280912191900mac132b4j44b94301a8906504@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
John, you might be surprised what you can contribute technically, but
I/we are always glad to have more people bring shine and polish to the
grammatical end, as it's the grammatical that helps to make the wiki
look professional. I mean, if you have an article, and it's
technically accurate, but the spelling and grammar are a mess, then
that can cause people not to read it, and even consider it not
credible.

John, I am sure there are things that you do as an experienced
UNIX/Linux user, but not just user, a home user, that would be
beneficial to other home users. Maybe you don't have all the commands
down. That's fine. I also know that there are ones that you do have,
and are proficient at. Don't worry to much about the technical aspect,
as I or another of the wiki team seniors will be happy to assist and
mentor you and others in this endeavor.

Think of this as an adventure, but also think of this as an awesome
learning opportunity. We have a chance to broaden our horizons in
what we know, and build a better wiki. It'll help us, and it'll help
the community. I don't see a down side here.

Respectfully
Jon Rocker



On Sat, Dec 19, 2009 at 19:48, John E. Perry <j.e.perry@xxxxxxx> wrote:
Jon Rocker wrote:
We will certainly need those proficient in English to check spelling
and grammar, but we also need those proficient in Linux and in
particular, openSUSE for the technical content. It takes a blend of
people, with a blend of skills. While English is my native language, I
am not one to proof read things for grammatical correctness or
spelling. I am dyslexic, so things like that get me all confused. It's
the technical part that I am good at.

On Sat, Dec 19, 2009 at 18:53, Rajko M. <rmatov101@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Saturday 19 December 2009 10:32:34 Mike Gentry wrote:
Jonathan_R requested that we introduce ourselves.

I'm Mike (sometimes AKA confuseling), a one year or so Linux user, but a
moderately technical computer user for many years.

I don't have anything I'd call a 'specialism' yet, ...

I'm a native English speaker, and am generally reckoned good with
language - so I suppose I anticipate that, rather than anything
technical, being my main use....

A native English speaker has important role on the wiki where majority of
writers use English with various levels of proficiency and can't achieve
clear
and concise style all the time. (like me :)


I'm an excellent writer in English, although my fervent preference for
the Strunk-White style and grammar sometimes puts me at odds with people
who ought to know better :-).

Though I've used unix for more than twenty years, and linux since 1997,
I don't consider myself competent to instruct others, even newbies, in
the uses and techniques of linux.  I've been a user and occasional
applications programmer only, never having had to learn either systems
programming or systems administration beyond the minimum needed to build
a safe and useful home system.

So I see myself as useful in cleaning up English and maybe article
organization of those more technically competent than I, and maybe
checking and confirming the accuracy and appropriateness of articles
whose subjects fall within the limited scope of my experience.

John Perry
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