Documentation is out of date, incomplete (tracking)

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Meno25, Liuxinyu970226, Quiddity and 12 others
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Our docs are teh suck. Fix them up.

This tracking bug has been superseded by the Documentation project tag.
Please use the Documentation tag on tasks instead of making tasks block T2001.

(Previous discussion: T85485)

Version: unspecified
Severity: normal

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HappyDog added a comment.Via ConduitFeb 10 2011, 11:18 PM

Really, this should be a tracking bug. Can someone change the summary to "Tracking bug for documentation issues", please?

Peachey88 added a comment.Via ConduitFeb 10 2011, 11:24 PM

(In reply to comment #33)

Really, this should be a tracking bug. Can someone change the summary to
"Tracking bug for documentation issues", please?

It is a tracking bug, it doens't need to the word "tracking" to make it so.

HappyDog added a comment.Via ConduitFeb 10 2011, 11:46 PM

bug 22710, bug 19719, bug 2114, bug 14720, bug 12788, ... (161 results found)

bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitFeb 11 2011, 9:39 AM

psychonaut wrote:

It is a tracking bug, it doens't need to the word "tracking" to make it

Correct, though it is a rather helpful convention.

Peachey88 added a comment.Via ConduitApr 30 2011, 12:09 AM

*Bulk BZ Change: +Patch to open bugs with patches attached that are missing the keyword*

demon added a comment.Via ConduitNov 29 2011, 7:42 PM
  • Bug 7947 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Kozuch added a comment.Via ConduitDec 30 2011, 3:50 PM

Because of votes rasing importance/priority according to following scheme:
15+ votes - highest
5-15 votes - high
Community must have a voice within development.

Regards, Kozuch

He7d3r added a comment.Via ConduitMay 27 2012, 8:06 PM

Tracking bugs usually are blockers for bug 2007.

HappyDog added a comment.Via ConduitMay 28 2012, 10:24 AM

It already implicitly blocks bug 2007 by blocking bug 700, so no need to block it directly as well.

555 added a comment.Via ConduitDec 21 2012, 11:25 PM

Changed importance to "normal" level. Documentation never should be placed at a low priority unless the developing team or guy wants to be pocked every day with questions "how to do it", "how I can change it" etc.

Changing status to NEW, since the documentation issue will be a new one issue on every possible commit =)

Qgil added a comment.Via ConduitOct 21 2013, 5:05 PM

A one-time comment to this tracking report: we are looking for documentation tasks that we could offer to Google Code-in participants.

Having spoken with the coordinators of the program and participant organizations it is clear that this program is good to complete dozens of little tasks that otherwise are sitting in backlogs forever. Many times bigger goals can be sliced in smaller tasks.

Your help selecting tasks is welcome. See

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Aklapper closed blocking task T46212: Suggest to users to install from git as "Declined".Via WebDec 31 2014, 3:48 PM
Mpaa closed blocking task T66840: [Tracking] Pywikibot Documentation as "Resolved".Via WebJan 2 2015, 3:45 PM
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Qgil changed the status of blocking task T69167: Clear documentation should be provided about the *my* permissions from "Open" to "Stalled".Via WebJan 12 2015, 8:46 AM
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Probably should be kept open until our documentation is perfect, up to date and complete. In a few hundred languages.

(I like having this bug be open, as a cultural admission of our documentation sucking)

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@yuvipanda: Did you also volunteer to keep the two places which track the very same thing (both the 'documentation' tag and this tracking task) in sync? If not, who will spend the time to do that?
I don't think "I like to keep this open due to cultural reasons" is a convincing reason for intentional untidyness in an issue tracker. If you like to be reminded that our documentation is bad, feel free to save this search query for open documentation tickets and put it in your list queries.

yuvipanda reopened this task as "Open".Via WebFeb 14 2015, 2:45 PM

Sure, I can write a bot that can keep them in sync.

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Quiddity added a subscriber: Quiddity.EditedVia WebFeb 14 2015, 7:08 PM

I agree with yuvipanda. I think it is good to leave it 'open' as a symbol or meme or monument. People link to it more for the title ("Documentation is out of date, incomplete") than anything else. It's an iconic reminder. It's a forever unreachable goal, like the WMF Vision statement, that we are nevertheless always working towards.

It's a moment of levity, in an otherwise Serious Business world. It's a friendly/informal way of reminding each other, "dude, your documentation sucks" - instead we can say "oh, you might want to work on bug#(200)1 a little bit :) ". It's the best kind of 'inside joke', because newcomers can quickly figure out what is meant.

Practically/pragmatically speaking, I think it should be retired as an active *tracker* of any kind (to avoid confusion, and to avoid yuvi spending time writing a bot). [edit to highlight] But it's the one task that was never intended to be 'closed'.

to misquote: "there are three hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, up-to-date documentation, and off-by-one errors."

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there used to be the string "Reference to bz1" in this page until last week. i know because our watchmouse monitoring checks for that and is now not working anymore (T93443).

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