[LON-CAPA-users] Re: LON-CAPA: Share your joy, share your grief ...

Dharmesh Maniar lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org
Sat, 16 Mar 2002 10:57:05 +0530 (IST)

Thanks, The documentation was really the most needed part of LON-CAPA. I
will like to share difficulties/challanges i faced during the setup of


On Fri, 15 Mar 2002, Gerd Kortemeyer wrote:

> Hi,
> I wanted to point out a new site we just opened for LON-CAPA
> documentation,
>  http://help.loncapa.org/
> As you all know, LON-CAPA is seriously lacking user documentation. In
> the past, Felicia and Scott have done miracles answering your individual
> questions and concerns, but as our user community grows, that approach
> is not scalable.
> Given the resources we have here at MSU, the only way to get
> documentation online anytime soon is a community effort. So the above
> system works as a community Frequently-Asked-Questions-O-Matic.
> While we are trying to fill the shelfs ourselves (see under "Course
> Management - Communication" and "Course Management - Grading" for some
> examples), I am asking you to also contribute Questions and Answers to
> the system.
> Basically, whenever you have painfully figured out something in
> LON-CAPA, and while you are still on endorphins, simply add another Q&A.
> You can basically go to the correct category in the tree and hit "New
> Answer in ...", and enter the question and the answer. You can also add
> new sub categories if you click on "Appearance" and check "Show - Expert
> Editing Command".
> When doing the above for the first time, the system will ask you to sign
> on. There is some activation energy, but you will never have to do this
> again.
> Of course, eventually you can simply go to the system for answers.
> In parallel, we are preparing serious written documentation and workshop
> curricula - that effort that will also profit from the information in
> the FAQ-O-Matic, but probably take a while.
> I also wanted to again point out
>  http://bugs.loncapa.org/
> This is a Bugzilla system which we use for bug- and
> enhancement-request-tracking. When you submit a bug or request there,
> the system will keep you in the loop about what actions are taken.
> - Gerd.