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posted by n1 on Monday June 05 2017, @10:15AM   Printer-friendly
from the git-gud dept.

The Open Source Survey asked a broad array of questions. One that caught my eye was about problems people encounter when working with, or contributing to, open source projects. An incredible 93 percent of people reported being frustrated with “incomplete or confusing documentation”.

That’s hardly a surprise. There are a lot of projects on Github with the sparsest of descriptions, and scant instruction on how to use them. If you aren’t clever enough to figure it out for yourself, tough.

[...] According to the Github Open Source Survey, 60 percent of contributors rarely or never contribute to documentation. And that’s fine.

Documenting software is extremely difficult. People go to university to learn to become technical writers, spending thousands of dollars, and several years of their life. It’s not really reasonable to expect every developer to know how to do it, and do it well.

2017 Open Source Survey

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 05 2017, @10:39PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 05 2017, @10:39PM (#521015)

    So who's going to get a technical degree, plus a language degree(s), to be highly qualified for this job?

    How have so many people been indoctrinated to the point where they believe you need a degree to do anything? It's not as if knowledge only exists in colleges or universities. Lazy know-nothing employers create this situation by mindlessly requiring degrees for jobs that simply do not need them, and then they end up hiring scores of idiots who do have degrees because most schools have next to no standards anyway.