I recently saw Stack Overflow had launched Documentation. Are we going to have any? We should. I like the idea very much.
I take a dissenting view to the previously accepted answer. Just because documentation exists somewhere else doesn't mean we shouldn't be able to use SE's documentation feature.
In order to do documentation "officially" I need to either:
- Learn MoinMoin, and then people who aren't trusted are locked down on the wiki anyway, so even if you wanted to contributing is difficult. And even if I wanted to the wiki is too slow to use.
- Write and read manpages.
- "slowly learn to work with Mallard/DocBook, Bazaar and Launchpad."
All three of those options are terrible, I would prefer to just use SE's documentation feature so it's fun and easy to use and has some semblance of structure, and we'd be able to take large swaths of existing content which has outgrown QA and curate it into something more useful.
From a logical standpoint I would have to say that this sounds somewhat like reinventing the wheel. There is already a documentation project in existence why not expend effort to improve an existing structure rather than creating a new project? After all, providing another place to look for documentation is likely to be confusing. As it is Ubuntu users can obtain documentation via The aforementioned link and man pages. (By no means an exhaustive list). I don't see how forking the effort to document Ubuntu will improve on the current situation.