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Re: Attacking the documentation monster

From: madmurphy
Subject: Re: Attacking the documentation monster
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2022 22:12:22 +0000

I don't know if this will be a popular proposal, but I really believe that setting up a self-hosted Wiki could be a very good choice. No complicate git clone, no complaints, just read/edit what you need, and distributed responsibilities about its design and direction.

My two cents

On Tue, Mar 1, 2022 at 8:02 PM William Liquorice <> wrote:

A year or two ago, I tried to wrap my head around GNUnet so that I could
try to make parallel implementations of small bits in Rust, but found
its documentation to be utterly impenetrable. Not even from a technical
standpoint, the massive reference manual / "handbook" is quite
overwhelming and more akin to the Lord of the Rings.

Just now, I decided to look up the documentation for GNUnet's IPC
functionality. This is a pretty important component of GNUnet's
modularity. One rather important section about sending an example
AddressLookupMessage between has the immediate subheading "FIXME: This
is very outdated, see the tutorial for the current API!"

To my annoyance, there is no link provided to this tutorial. Where is
it? I will put the link in there myself if it exists.

I am unfamiliar with how exactly documentation is put together for
GNUnet, but just separating out the contributor's/developer's handbook
(most of the page) would make the actual user manual significantly less
intimidating. It doesn't need to all be on one page.

I also made some SVG diagrams of specific GNUnet subsystems (the core
transport -> CADET stack, GNS, VPN), but I don't recall ever hearing
back from anyone about them. Are they any good?


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