This past weekend (Sept. 26 to 27), I was at the Open Help Conference at downtown Cincinnati. This is my first conference that relates to Open Source, Linux, and FOSS. I really enjoyed it because it was a small (there was only 20 people who came) and informal (a cross between a class room setting and a get to together) conference. Most of the folks were from Red Hat or the GNOME team, but there was one from Mozilla, one from a group/company that I don’t recall, and two from Ubuntu Doc Team. The two from Ubuntu Doc Team was Ted Cox and me. For both of us, it was our first time.
I wanted to write a summary for each day, but I wasn’t feeling well after on both of the days, so it will be all in this post.
I was a bit late to the breakfast on the first day because of an accident on the way downtown from West Chester, Ohio and the panic that I was late got me lost to the room that it was held at. The breakfast was good and I got to meet the others. Then we had the first session of the day, which was a workshop on MDN. Because I only had my tablet with me, I was only able to write a blog post about it and how it can be used to teach Web Lit. After that, we had lunch and after lunch, we had two sessions; one on AsciiDoc and Mallard.
My drive downtown was better than the first day and I had time to do something that I need to get done before heading to the breakfast. We had two talks before we had lunch, one about the Ten Years of MDN and how to hold successful in-person and/or virtual sprints. Then we had lunch. After lunch, we had open discussions and demos. The discussion topics were meta docs, site generators, feedback forums, n00bs (which was a presentation about Ted Cox’s experience with the Doc Team as a n00b), and virtual spirits (which came off of the session).
- Meta Docs should be on a wiki type of setting and should house a “getting started” page and active tasks.
- AnnotatorJS would prefect for Meta doc review by new users
- Have a Doc event when having Hack events
- Make sure you give good feedback when reviewing
- Asians seem to not like cit
I have more takeways but I think some can be a post.
This conference is one that I would go again and also meet the ones who came outside.