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Free Software Directory meeting recap for October 7th, 2016

by Donald Robertson Contributions Published on Oct 12, 2016 04:40 PM
Check out the great work our volunteers accomplished at the last Free Software Directory meeting.

Every week free software activists from around the world come together in #fsf on irc.freenode.org to help improve the Free Software Directory. This recaps the work we accomplished on the Friday, October 7th, 2016 meeting.

This week was the 'Meeting of the Undead' where we hunted down dead and broken links in the directory. Thanks to the efforts of Iankelling and adfeno, we have a script that runs to find dead external links on the directory and compile them into a list. One common problem we ran into was packages changing the location of their documentation without providing a redirect or updating their directory entry. So, if you are a maintainer out there who is itching to move documentation to a new location, keep in mind that you might be making your documentation harder to find.

We had lots of participants at this week's meeting cracking away at the hordes of undead, but as fmkb pointed out we couldn't get to everything and needed a good way to track entries where a new link couldn't be immediately found. We resolved to simply add notes at the top of the script generated list, but we'll have to revisit and work on a more nuanced solution in the future. Biotim, enrico, and jantwisted were some new faces to the meeting, and bill-auger returned to help mow down dead links.

We didn't end up deciding on a theme for this week during the meeting, but a suggestion afterwards came in that we work as the 'Skeleton GNU' and work on beefing up entries with limited information. While an entry can still be useful with only a short description and a few items of information, robust entries provide better documentation and make the directory an even better resource.

If you would like to help hunt and put meet on the bones of skeleton articles or just help update the directory in general, meet with us every Friday in #fsf on irc.freenode.org from 12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC).

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