Documentation #2666


Update About Text

Added by Chris Stein over 10 years ago. Updated almost 8 years ago.

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Following the conclusion of this ticket #2663 we should consider revising the text on the About page. Right now it just has the mission statement and a link to our Wikipedia entry. Neither of them is a direct way of answering on the page the question "what is the commons?"

The assumption is that the "what is" question is the one most people have in mind followed by questions like, "why was it made," "who makes it," "who pays for it,"how long has it been around," some of which are answered and some not.

If we do decide to rewrite it, there is the question of the tone of voice. Right now it is very formal with just the mission statement. Do we want to keep it formal or go for something more informal?

If others agree we should get into this I can take a stab at it (other volunteers welcome too).

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Updated by Matt Gold over 10 years ago

Yes, very much needed and it would be fantastic if you could take a first crack, Chris. Many thanks!

Actions #2

Updated by Matt Gold over 10 years ago

  • Tracker changed from Feature to Documentation
  • Status changed from New to Assigned
  • Assignee set to Chris Stein
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Updated by Boone Gorges over 10 years ago

  • Target version set to Not tracked
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Updated by Matt Gold over 10 years ago

Hi Chris --

I'm happy to work with you on this. Do you have time to take a first shot in the next few weeks? Thanks so much for pointing this out.



Actions #5

Updated by Boone Gorges almost 8 years ago

  • Category name set to About page

Bump. Would be great to see this. Adding Steve and Sam as watchers.

Actions #6

Updated by Matt Gold almost 8 years ago

Adding Chris as a watcher, as we will be discussing some ideas about what the Commons is, should be, and will become during tomorrow's morning meeting

Actions #7

Updated by Stephen Real almost 8 years ago

  • Assignee changed from Chris Stein to Matt Gold

It seems very doable to update the About text based on our recent discussions. Let's assign this task to somebody on the team. We can a draft, polish it up and publish. I would propose that anything we publish need considered frozen, but a document that can evolve over time.

I am glad to volunteer to prepare the draft, but if there is a more appropriate party, I am also glad to defer to him/her.

Actions #8

Updated by Matt Gold almost 8 years ago

  • Assignee changed from Matt Gold to Luke Waltzer

Luke, do you want to take a shot at a first draft of this, perhaps working with Steve Real and Kelly Josephs?

Please do remember that we have a revised draft of the mission statement that was never published and that should be revisited

Actions #9

Updated by Luke Waltzer almost 8 years ago

Yes, happy to work with Steve and Kelly to get this going. Can you please point me to the latest mission statement revision?

Actions #10

Updated by Matt Gold almost 8 years ago

Thanks so much, Luke.

FYI, I think we have a meeting today where we can begin discussion of this


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