Join us during our Documentation Dash (remote sprint) on Sunday 27th July and Monday 28th July to help get the new edition of the User and Administrator Guide ready for release at the same time as the stable version of 4.5.
4.5 beta 2 has just been released, so the arrival of a stable version of 4.5 is not far off. When that happens we want to publish a new edition of the User and Administrator Guide that includes all the new features, a totally revamped Membership section and other updates.
Eight people worked on documentation during the Tahoe sprint in April/May 2014, and we made great progress. However, some of the new features, notably the new CiviCase UI, didn’t exist at that time and there were other issues we didn’t quite finish, so there is still work to do.
We have set up a board showing the issues for this sprint. You will see that there is something for everyone. If you can join us, please 'sign up' by commenting on this blog post.
The issues range from writing up the new CiviCase configuration interface or the introduction for the revamped Membership chapter through to proof-reading chapters or small sections that have already been rewritten.
You don't need to be an expert on CiviCRM - just be familiar with it as a user and have a desire to work stuff out. So if you've been using CiviCRM for a while and have a few hours to spare, please sign up and help.
You will need a Jira account (https://issues.civicrm.org/jira/secure/Dashboard.jspa) to participate. Have a look at the board https://issues.civicrm.org/jira/secure/RapidBoard.jspa?rapidView=14&view=detail, choose an unassigned issue (a large letter on the right of an issue indicates it is taken) and use the comments for this blog to let me know which issue you would like and your Jira username
You will also need a Booki account to edit the book; create one at http://booki.flossmanuals.net/accounts/signin/ . The actual editing of the book is done at http://booki.flossmanuals.net/civicrm/_edit/ .
There is a short style guide at http://wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/display/CRM/Book+style+guide . The two most important things to remember are ‘SAVE your work frequently’ (at least every 5 minutes – Booki can be very temperamental ) and ‘images cannot be wider than 690 pixels’.
If you're ready to help out, please sign up in the comments below. If you think you want to get involved but have some questions, either email me (joanne. civicrm at gmail.com) or comment below.