Free Software Directory meeting recap for October 14th, 2016
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 14th, 2016 meeting.
This week we were the "Skeleton GNU", with a theme of looking to add substance to entries with only a few details. Unfortunately we were a bit of skeleton crew, with only a few participants. We discussed a bit how to improve turnout and decided to experiment next week with starting the meeting an hour later. Most participants in the past have been joining in the second hour or later of the meeting, so hopefully scheduling the meeting a little later will help overlap better with people's schedules.
The meeting started out working through GNU Project packages to make sure they were robustly detailed on the directory. In the end that turned out to be not a great starting point, as the GNU entries tended to be well documented already, which is a good problem to have.
In working to flesh out entries, we often found that packages with limited information were often quite old and dormant. For some of these the home for the project had disappeared, and new resources were difficult to track down. Iankelling proposed using some new method of tagging these dormant but still potentially useful packages. Even a package that isn't under active development can be useful in some particular cases, and even where a package hasn't been developed in some time, someone can obviously choose to pick it back up and make it live once again. The meeting ended with the decision that handling these 'Ghost' packages would be the theme of next week's meeting.
If you would like to help chase down ghost entries or just help update the directory in general, meet with us every Friday in #fsf on irc.freenode.org from 1pm to 4pm EDT (17:00 to 20:00 UTC).