[Scribus] Improving Scribus Wiki (once again)

Louis Desjardins louis_desjardins
Wed Jul 26 02:33:46 CEST 2006

Brian Astill a ?crit :

> On Wednesday 26 July 2006 00:05, MaHan wrote:
>>Brian, please let me hear your suggestions to improve
>>Scribus Wiki's usability. What do you miss?
> In a word - no, sorry, several :-) - a decent search engine.
> Your suggestion of:
> http://www.scribus.net/index.php?name=Sections&req=viewarticle&artid=4&page=1
> or this one:
> http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/Getting_Scribus_on_Ubuntu/Kubuntu_up_and_running
> is fine _if_you_know_where_to_look_.


Say you don't know exactly what to look for but still can use a few key 
words to search for.

1. You hopefully will find soon enough the Scribus web sites : docs, 
wiki, bugs, scribus main page.

2. You will also find out very soon the existence of this mailing list.

3. Maybe if you monitor this list a bit you already found out that when 
a question is asked it gets an answer in a *very* short time. Some good 
souls even monitor this list when on vacation. :)

4. Plus, if you monitor the list you'll also taste the spirit of it. 
People from all over the world only there to help out and share what 
they know and listen to what they don't know.

5. Since you talk about "decent search engine" I assume you know how to 
search in Google when you want to restrain your search to a particular 
site, an option which in this particular case would have saved you hours 
of frustration. If you don't, please write again, and I will be glad to 
help. But maybe reading the "docs" from the Google search engine would 
help. You never know how these tips can be useful when you read them.

6. It must have struck you, or else I am sorry to mention that a lot of 
people are taking the time to help you out and try to figure out your 
issues. But still, it is *very* difficult to help you because it seems 
there is no way to fulfill your needs, no matter the explanation or how 
and how much we ask for further details.

7. Very rarely (did it ever happen?) is anybody on this list going to 
answer poorly or cheaply or bluntly a question asked by anybody, newby 
included. We will definitely try to do our very best to help anyone out. 
Even when they sound rude or a bit out of the spirit here. :)

This list *is* very friendly and will not vanish (why should it?). I 
don't know what has struck you or what makes you believe that maybe 
machines are going to answer back to you. We are human beings. We can 
help you much faster than any software or search engine. :)


p.s. Try looking in Google with the following keywords "wrapping text 
around image frames" and add "Scribus" or use any term you can think 
of... Now try with "Scribus-ng"... Now try with "scribus-ng 
site:scribus.net"... This is simple, fast, efficient, not frustrating. 
If you can't find it, just ask the list. What's wrong with asking a 

> I think it was the docs search which INSISTED on putting a space 
> between "scribus" and "-" so I couldn't look for "scribus-ng" but 
> only for "scribus".
> Try looking for something about wrapping text around image frames, 
> using any term you can think of.  I found this a fruitless task.  
> (I have since played with and found it in properties)
> I found the docs.scribus.net to be well laid out but not useful 
> for anything beyond THE simplest things.  The wiki uses a logic 
> with which I am not familiar, but a good search engine would 
> solve that problem.  The mail archive appears not to have a 
> search facility at all.
> Only guessing, but my feeling is that if good search facilities 
> were in those three areas much angst and "newbie questions" on 
> this list would vanish.

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