[Design-team] Tutorial ideas for the new fp.o site

Ian MacGregor ardchoille42 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 16 15:41:58 UTC 2010

2010/7/16 Máirín Duffy <duffy at fedoraproject.org>

> Hi Ian!
> On Fri, 2010-07-16 at 08:21 -0700, Ian MacGregor wrote:
> > I'm happy, no excited to be a part of the new fp.o website and have
> > come up with some ideas for tutorials:
> >
> > * Agave tutorial - creating color schemes with agave
> > * Crontab tutorial - creating a cronjob
> > * Desktop launcher tutorial - creating a desktop launcher
> > * GIMP tutorial - creating custom desktop wallpapers
> > * Gnote tutorial - using the gnote app
> >
> > I can write most of these as I use all of these apps, and I have
> > taught a class on crontab recently. I'm submitting these for feedback.
> > What does everyone think?
> This is a great start! I think we should be looking to produce tutorials
> on how-to do things posed in terms of the user's life rather than the
> technology, which is really the only critique I have of your list. For
> example, here's a stab at how these might be posed better to reflect a
> site visitor's POV:
> - How to build beautiful color palettes for your home and wardrobe
> (Agave)
> - Automatically upload your files to a backup drive every week
> (crontab)
> - Access your favorite app with one click
> (desktop launcher)
> - Decorate your desktop with family photos
> (Gimp tutorial)
> - Get organized and build a personal database
> (Gnote)
> Out of these, though, I think crontab and desktop launcher stand out to
> me as maybe not being the best for beginning users. Crontab is not
> really for the faint of heart (I have an RHCT and I still prefer GUI
> apps to interacting with crontab on the desktop - I only crontab on the
> servers I admin). The desktop launcher I think, is kind of difficult to
> pose in terms of something the user can accomplish - I think it's too
> implementation/desktop specific.
> One tutorial you forgot from the list is turning your friends into the
> Hulk with cheese. I think that could replace the crontab one quite well.
> I would suggest maybe coming up with a different idea to replace the
> desktop launcher one as well, unless you can think of a strong user
> story behind it.
> ~m
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Excellent advice all around! I'll replace the crontab tutorial with the
cheese idea and drop the desktop launcher idea.

The folks I've already met on the project have lots of energy, I can already
see that this is going to be fun!
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