Xen Project Document Days

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Information about Document Days
Next dates
  • July 29, 2013
  • August 26, 2013
  • September 30, 2013
More Information
  • Freenode channel #xendocs
  • Turn up
  • Work on documentation
  • Have fun!

What is a Xen Document Day?

Xen document days are all day IRC events, facilitated by members of the Xen community. The purpose of Xen Document Days is to

  • Improve user documentation
  • Improve developer documentation, including the creation of man pages, etc.
  • Improve and maintaining the wiki: this means fixing important pages, retiring old ones, help identify what is and isn’t important, write new pages, etc.

How Does it Work?

  • Join us on IRC: freenode channel #xendocs
  • Tell people what you intend to work on (to avoid doing something somebody else is already working on)
  • Fix some documentation
  • Help others
  • And above all: have fun!

Other ways to Help

Let us know if you struggled with some content, if something is missing, can be improved and you do not feel sure enough to make changes to a page. The way to do this is by making a comment on talk pages. Every wiki page has an associated talk page which can be used for discussion and communicating with other users. Talk pages can be accessed by clicking the “discussion” tab at the top of the page. Simply edit the page as normal to add your comment, following the conventions outlined in Help:Talk Pages.


  • Xen_Document_Days/Acknowledgements/Jan2013: We changed >11K words on the wiki in more than 126 changesets. Changes to xen.org static pages were made. More than 25 people participated on IRC, and we had vibrant discussions on how to change navigation and other items, which led to new sections in the TODO list, e.g. Mediwiki Issues and XCP : Open work items
  • July 2012: We changed approximately 5K words in more than 100 changesets on the wiki and much more in xen-unstable (see here)
  • June 2012: Thank you for all the contributions. On the Xen wiki we changed approximately 11K words in more than 200 changesets. More details here.

Lessons learned:

  • More up-front coordination on the mailing list a week before the document day helps

Proposed dates for 2013

We agreed on the mailing list that Xen Document days will be held the last Monday of each month, starting from Feb. If the date clashes with say a major Xen event or a holiday, we will try and find an alternative date.

This means the 2013 dates are:

  • April 29, 2013
  • May 28, 2013
  • June 24, 2013
  • July 29, 2013
  • August 26, 2013
  • September 30, 2013
  • October 28, 2013
  • November 25, 2013
  • December 16, 2013 (earlier due to XMas)

Extra Days

Some community members indicated that they would like an extra doc day on a public holiday or weekend. I am looking for proposed dates. Please add dates below and sign up besides it. If we get more than 5 people signed up, we should hold a day on a weekend.