[SciPy-Dev] SciPy docs: volunteers needed now!

Joshua Holbrook josh.holbrook@gmail....
Sat Jul 3 03:08:53 CDT 2010

My own reasons for hesitating have more to do with knowing that any
documentation I write will likely have poor style. I tend to write in
a very informal, conversational manner.

That said, I'll try to do my part as I use parts of scipy, since
having unprofessional documentation is probably better than having no


2010/7/3 Stéfan van der Walt <stefan@sun.ac.za>:
> On 2 July 2010 14:14, Joe Harrington <jh@physics.ucf.edu> wrote:
>>> I wonder whether there is any other approach that we can explore to
>>> help generate more volunteer work?    Do you think it is mainly the
>>> difference between scipy and numpy that explains the drop-off?   Or
>>> something else?    To the extent that it is the technical differences
>>> - do you think there would be any point in trying to establish
>>> something like nominated experts or want-to-find-out type experts who
>>> will offer to advise on particular parts of scipy - even if they don't
>>> themselves write the docstrings?   Or anything else that might help?
>> We already looked for topical experts.  We have a few; David can
>> comment more.  In the end what we need are rank-and-file writers,
>> people who will take something on, learn about it, and write about it.
>> Yes, SciPy is more technical, but we've all dealt with harder tasks
>> than documenting SciPy.
> All the posts I have seen talk about achieving higher word counts,
> covering more functions, going bigger and better.  While that's
> certainly what we want, such requests may be intimidating to new
> contributors.
> My feeling is that we should identify a small handful of functions to
> focus on.  That way, we may only document 10 functions a week, but at
> least those will get done.  Emanuelle's suggestion to target specific
> writers also seems sensible.
> Regards
> Stéfan
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