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Consolidation and consistency?

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Offline intrinsic

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    Consolidation and consistency?
    « on: 08 / January / 2008, 00:20:40 »
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    Hi all,

            This is directed partly towards the administration of the sites but I feel it is relevant to the community as a whole.

    I'm quite new to the CHDK community, I was directed here by a relatively long-term user of the CHDK firmware extensions when I bought my S5.

    Overall I'm really impressed with everything that is going on in the community here and there's some great work coming out of it.

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    My question is this, is there anything in particular (aside from time of course) keeping things from being more consolidated and consistent. Basically over the course of starting a port of CHDK to the S5 I've noticed that much of the information here is frankly spread out all over the place;

    For example, the original blinker sources are at one place, the various updated and modified blinker sources are in various other places, I would think that that sort of stuff should be centralised (and preferably added to Subversion).

    Many of the bits and pieces I've had to download around the place have been hosted on various file-sharing services, why is that sort of stuff not hosted with the wiki? (bandwidth? disk space constraints?) My biggest issue with that is the life time of the files on any given file sharing service.

    Also the wiki (or at least the development related parts (I haven't gone into the rest in any particular detail)) is a bit of a mess with bits and pieces all over the place and little consistency, perhaps we need some sort of "style guide"? Perhaps a centralised registry of "stuff we need/stuff we need done"?

    For example, "Porting the CHDK", and "Adding support for a new camera" should probably be combined into a single article (currently neither even refers to the other one), I'm currently working on moving the information about firmware dumping out "Porting the CHDK" into a separate wiki page.

    Basically, it is frustrating that I've had to devote more of my time on looking for the bits and pieces I need, rather than actually working on getting a port started.
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    I'm happy to spend some time to help improve the community's web presence but I would appreciate any assistance.

    This is not meant to come across as whining, it is intended as constructive criticism.

    Thanks for reading,


    Intrinsic
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    Re: Consolidation and consistency?
    « Reply #1 on: 08 / January / 2008, 11:58:50 »
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    Offline intrinsic

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    Re: Consolidation and consistency?
    « Reply #2 on: 08 / January / 2008, 17:12:46 »
    But when you sort it all out, do keep in mind there comes a time where too much organizing is a bad bad bad thing. I'd hate to see the scripting tutorial sections all in individual pages. Since all the commands are interdependent on other commands, it holds up well as one page. It could use a nicer wrapper though.

    That is precisely what I want to avoid, currently there's a lot of stuff which is related which should be on the same page but which is currently spread over several pages with no linking between them (e.g. consolidation ;o) ).

    I suspect that a style-guide is probably the way to go to try to get some consistency in the way things are put together on the wiki but I wouldn't presume to write one without community input.

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    Re: Consolidation and consistency?
    « Reply #3 on: 08 / January / 2008, 20:04:30 »
    Quote from: intrinsic
    wouldn't presume to write one without community input.

    In that case I will supply you with input: Go ahead! You can do it! :D

    Cheers.


     

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