[Lustre-discuss] [wc-discuss] Seeking contributors for Lustre User Manual

Ned Bass bass6 at llnl.gov
Tue Nov 13 13:26:42 PST 2012

On Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 11:48:35AM -0800, Nathan Rutman wrote:
> Would it be easier to move the manual back to a Wiki?  The low hassle
> factor of wikis has always been a draw for contribution.  The openSFS
> site is up and running with MediaWiki now (wiki.opensfs.org).

Easier? Yes, probably. Better? I personally don't think so.  Wikis are
great collaboration tools for informally sharing information, but I
don't think the paradigm scales well for documents of this size and
complexity. And a wiki isn't the right tool for producing a formal
professional-quality document, which is what I think the Lustre manual
should strive to be.

True, we would lower the bar for contributions, but for that we would
sacrifice the following features that I consider essential.

- Ability to export to multiple formats (pdf, html, epub) from one source
- Consistency of formatting and navigation elements
- A review process for proposed changes that assures a high standard of quality

However, there are some short articles that probably do belong in the
wiki that could be poached from the manual, i.e. installation and
configuration procedures, etc.


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