Supporting help [21 August 2012]
Count me in, in some small aspect--Obstinatesnooper 09:53, 21 August 2012 (EDT)
Ideas for improving the help pages? [29 August 2012]
The help pages are pretty complex, and it seems that we have similar information copied onto multiple pages. I'm wondering how we should go about improving them. It seems like we need to have a separate set of I'm a newbie - how do I get started pages vs I'm a regular - how do I do complex things pages.
Any thoughts on how we can go about this? Would it help to break up our current set of help pages into smaller "chunks", with each page essentially answering one question?--Dallan 11:32, 29 August 2012 (EDT)
Getting started [31 August 2012]
I am hoping to start reorganizing the help pages next week. Currently help pages are quite long and try to cover everything having to do with a particular topic. Information is repeated whenever the topic seems appropriate. This has lead to nightmarish problems with updates. No one is too sure how many place the info is repeated. DQ and I have talked about changing the format so no information is duplicated. Whenever some topic will be referred to multiple times, it will be given its own help page. This means any particular page will be short and linked to other pages that relate to the topic. So.... instead of naming standards for person pages being repeated everywhere it is relevant, we will have one help page i.e. Help:Naming Standards for Person Pages. This page will be linked to Help:How to Create a Person Page, Help:Renaming Pages, Help:Creating Ancestor pages, Help:Adding a Spouse, etc. Thus, when it becomes necessary to update information, the information will only need be changed in one place not six places.
Also I would like to see a lot of images on the help pages. Screen prints are often more helpful than words.
It is my hope that we can compile the help pages into an ebook that can be given as a gift for donations or sold on Amazon to fund WeRelate.
Comments? Anyone want to volunteer for particular pages?--sq 22:50, 30 August 2012 (EDT)