Tech Blog and Wiki Project
The LDSTech Blog and Wiki Project team writes and edits articles about Church technology for the LDSTech blog and wiki. The LDSTech blog refers to articles on the homepage of LDSTech. The wiki, which you're reading right now, is available as a link on the top menu. The content on the LDSTech blog and wiki has several purposes:
- Community building. Increase interest in LDSTech community involvement.
- Awareness: Increase awareness and adoption of the tools and applications created by the Church.
- Documentation: Provide technical instructions for using Church technology.
To keep everyone in the loop, I will post regular status updates on this wiki. This will allow new members to stay updated about the project status. To read the status updates, see LDSTech Blog and Wiki Status Updates.
To contribute to the LDSTech Blog and Wiki project, you need to be a strong writer and editor, comfortable writing about technology topics. You should have a good grasp of language and style, with an ability to make sentences clear and readable. You don't need to know how to develop code, but you should be tech-savvy enough to be comfortable writing about technology.
Because we publish so much content on the wiki, familiarity with Mediawiki, the software we use for the LDSTech wiki, will also be helpful. (Mediawiki is the same software that runs Wikipedia.) The LDSTech wiki has more than 1,000 pages of content, much of it written by developers, project managers, and other community members. We want to tag, link, organize, style, and structure this content so that others can find it. Ultimately, we would like to create a Wikipedia-like site full of information about LDS Church technology.
Blog versus wiki
Both the blog and wiki are both interactive mediums. But here's the main difference: the blog is for time-sensitive news, whereas the wiki is for time-independent information. Usually, the blog highlights recent information that has been added to the wiki. After articles slide off the blog's homepage, hardly anyone reads them. Therefore, if the information is longstanding, it's better to add the article to the wiki.
Signing up for the project
To sign up for the LDSTech Blog and Wiki project:
- Click Projects on the LDSTech menu.
- Sign in with your LDS Account. If you don’t have an account, go to https://ldsaccount.lds.org and register for one.
- Sign the Individual Contributors License. You'll be prompted to sign this agreement before you can view the list of projects. This agreement allows the Church to use the work you contribute. (If you're not LDS, e-mail me a statement indicating your acceptance of the agreement.)
- Complete the information on the Skills and Profile subtabs.
- Click the Projects subtab and browse to the LDSTech Blog and Wiki project. Click the link to view the project details.
- Scroll down and click Join.
Getting set up
Make sure you're set up with the following project resources:
- Google Groups. We communicate through a Google Group list. When you join the project, you should automatically be added to the Google Group. If not, click Projects on the top menu, and then click Groups. Subscribe to the LDSTech-blog group. You can reach the archives here.
- Dropbox. We’ll be sharing a lot of files and collaborating on them as a group. We need a convenient way to share these files. In my experience, Dropbox provides the easiest way to do this. If you’re unfamiliar with Dropbox, when you install it on your computer, a new icon appears in your system tray (near your clock). Click this system tray icon to open Dropbox. You can drag files into this folder, and everyone who has access to the folder will see it. This will eliminate the need to upload or attach files in order to share them.
- Watch this page. This page will periodically be updated. Watching this page will help you stay updated. To watch the page, sign in with your LDS Account, and then click the Watch button in the upper-left area. When someone makes an edit, you'll receive an e-mail notification about the change.
- JIRA. All project tasks are listed in JIRA, a project/issue tracking system. Each article and wiki task is a separate JIRA item. When you join the project, you have access to JIRA. To view the LDSTech Blog project in JIRA, go to tech.lds.org/jira/browse/BLOG.
Getting to work
Now that you've gotten set up on the project, it's time to find something to do. To find work that needs to be done:
- Go to the project's JIRA site.
- Click Issues in the left sidebar.
- In the Unresolved by Assignee section, click "and [x] more" to expand the links.
- Once you expand the section, click the Unassigned link.
- Browse the topics until one interests you. Then click Assign to Me.
Note: I am in the process of adding more details to the JIRA items. Much of the information needs to be fleshed out so you can do a task without a lot of guidance, but for now, e-mail me and I'll give you more information about the task.
Submitting and reviewing content
If you're working on an article, you can add it to a folder in Dropbox when you're finished. Also, navigate to the JIRA item and add a comment that gives a status update.
To update your status about an item:
- Navigate to the project's JIRA site.
- Click Issues in the sidebar, expand the Unresolved section, and then click your name.
- Click the item you're working on.
- Click Comment, add your update, and then click Add.
When you add comments to the JIRA item, notifications will be sent to the project manager. The project manager will respond through this same comment thread, and you will receive an e-mail notification. If you reply directly to the e-mail rather than the JIRA item, your e-mail will be appended as a comment to the JIRA item as well.
Keeping all information surrounding the JIRA item centralized in the item's thread helps project managers stay updated and organized about each JIRA item.
If you have questions about the project, contact me. You can e-mail me at any time for clarification, writing assignments, or other issues.