The svn repository used to draft the Debian Project News just passed the sixth hundreds commit. If my calculations are correct, that's quite more than the number of edits done, back when the DPN was drafted in the wiki. I take it as a hint, that the new work flow works better than the old one. However, playing a bit with statistics (done by horrible shell one liners ;) I noticed, that - while every Debian Developer may commit to the subversion repository - not that many commits from other DDs where made: Of the 602 commits so far, only 70 where done by other DDs:
alex@melusine:~$ svn log --xml svn://svn.debian.org/svn/publicity \ xmlstarlet sel -t -m "/log/logentry/author" -v "concat(.,' ')" \ sed -e "s/ /\n/g" sort uniq -c sort -n grep -v guest grep -v tolimar 1 1 abe 1 hertzog 1 holger 1 mika 1 paravoid 2 pabs 3 alfie 15 zobel 20 gio 25 spaillardTo give credit where credit is due, here are the guest commits:
16 tpeteul-guest 21 jeremiah-guest 25 gmascellani-guest 36 madamezou-guest 122 taffit-guestMany thanks so far, but I would like to advertise the Debian Project News and invite every DD to help us and to commit directly. It's quite easy: Run svn co svn+ssh://svn.debian.org/svn/publicity/dpn/en/current, edit the index.wml file, and then commit your changes back to the repository. (Well, ideally you would also honor Status flag and won't commit, if it's not open-for-edit.) As for the format: While we indeed use wml, you just need some basic HTML knowledge. To add a paragraph just use the following with proper content:
<a name="X"></a> <h2>Fancy title</h2> <p>More details about the topic.</p>Usually the articles are kind of sorted by importance, so unless you are pretty sure it might be the easiest to just add your article at the end of the regular news, just before the other news sections. Should you not be able to fill an entire paragraph, feel free to just a one or two sentences to the other news section (just add a <p>...</p> with your content to the end of the other news). Don't worry about style, your English or syntax: It won't end up on the web page directly, it's reviewed and checked, so you can't do anything wrong. More details are available in the wiki at http://wiki.debian.org/ProjectNews/HowToContribute. Feel free to ask any questions unanswered on the publicity list at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel also free to contact us there, if you would like to help by translations or reviews. The more people help, the less work it's for everyone :) If you are not a Debian Developer, but still would like to help us, it's no problem. All you need is an account on our Alioth System (very easy to get, you just need to ask) and request to join the publicity project. See http://wiki.debian.org/ProjectNews/HowToContribute#Becominganeditoryourself for the respective links.