This is my sandbox. Being a sandbox, everything you see here is a work in progress. However, my intention should be pretty clear from the content.
But if my intention isn't clear, here's what I propose:
- Unification of the v4L and DVB wikis
- avoid duplication of effort (inter-duplication), more efficient
- one stop shop
- more user friendly, more inviting, and hopefully spawn more interest
- (I also have a good idea in mind about a linuxtv website face-lift/redesign ... and it would be easy to bring about a common branding to both the website and wiki ... but first things first -- the wiki)
Things that would have to be accounted for:
- User Accounts / Log-ons
- Exporting article History and discussions -- would want to preserve as much as possible
- Duplicate article names i.e. Hauppauge on v4l and Hauppauge on DVB (actually, I don't think that this would be too difficult a problem -- i.e. just apply a v4l tag on duplicates before moving then over and then merge the two articles later)
- time and assistance to perform the merge
Features to incorporate into the "new" wiki
- more info (beyond supported devices -- spawns interest in new projects?)
- unified look and feel and "branding" (e.g. "wikitables" in the wiki articles; graphic for website and wiki (I have, what I believe to be, a good idea in mind already)
- new features like:
- sortable tables,
- a news section on the front page (for quick dissemenation of latest v4l-dvb kernel updates/patches etc, important m/l discussions, new hardware spotted announcements, newly supported hardware announcements)
- start using "this article is a stub", "this article needs expanding" blah blah blah type headers (just like on Wikipedia and elsewhere)
Some things about the wiki that I feel are now needed
- Active co-ordination / oversight ... the wiki's are slowly reaching critical mass ... need a dedicated team to check that new submissions are correct or placed in right place and are "up to par/standards"
- perhaps a mailing list regarding the wiki ? -- it would help with decision making
- Formalize entries
- this includes proper article naming .... more then slightly pedantic, but necessary (think libraries -- they don't just throw things on shelves)
- reduce/clean out "first person" commentary and questions in articles
- Reduce subject fragmentation (i.e. where a single subject matter is needlessly broken into multiple articles)-- common problem
- Reduce (intra-) duplication (i.e. where multiple articles conveying the same thing have been created) -- common problem --> see USB for an example insanity
- lots and lots of updating
And now, without any further adu, here's a preliminary mockup I have put together of a unified wiki:
Wiki Main Page:
Welcome to the LinuxTV Wiki !
User Sign up /Login Subpage:
A Few Notes Before you Begin
Before you jump in and make your contribution, please first familiarize yourself with the layout of the site. Doing so will help you to place your information in the right location. As the wiki grows, it takes an increasing amount of effort and discipline to keep it from quickly turning into a tangled mess. So it's up to each of us to make sure the information submitted is easy for everybody to find and access.
If you make a contibution and later find that your submission has been edited or moved to another area of the wiki, please don't feel offended. Everyone understands and appreciates the time and efforts you took, but bear in mind that a factual and well-organized resource for everyone interested in analog or digital TV is the ultimate aim of the LinuxTV wiki.
Submitters should also know that, to keep the information contained in the wiki free, all contributions are automatically licensed under the GNU General Public License GPL. If you wish, you may specify in each case that your contribution is dual-licensed under the MIT License. Please do not reproduce or submit copyrighted works without obtaining the express consent of the owner or its agent.
Lastly, to help keep the wiki free from spam, contributors are required to set up an account and to sign in before they can post to the wiki. (This is a painless process that only takes a few seconds). To sign up an
Now enjoy and have fun! -- The LinuxTV WikiTeam [People behind V4L]
Misc Info & ideas for me:
- * terrestrial broadcast tower
- sat dish
- * pcmcia
- v4l --> style="background-color:#006600;
- DVB --> style="background-color:#6289AB;
- Why are no breaks showing up before and after the colspan in the Hardware page?