Very nicely put. From the 9 people who have “Ownership” of the docs repositories, there is exact just one, who regularly participates in the docs team. And from the 9 there are 3, 30%, of which participation can not even be expected, because they generally take care of the infrastructure. But not about the day-to-day work of the teams.
We have great, modern, cool, powerful tools, of whose potential we might just use 20%, but don’t even actually use those. The WEB UI, with which editing documents should be so great and easy (that was @mattdm idea, at least), has been a bust so far, too complex, too much superfluous, cumbersome, bloated and then also unstable. What a lot of time that thing has cost us.
Or something else, we have 2 open MR’s regarding design, one of which is already 3 weeks old! I think this is unreasonable and irresponsible to the community members who spend time and are committed to Fedora Docs. And this is not because of the thing itself, i.e. the CSS, but because of the tool in which it is embedded and which none of us masters and also obviously has neither the desire nor the time to deal with it sufficiently intensively. And with such experiences for new members, we will never be able to create a lively writer community.
In the end, the engineers put up a fancy tool and then slipped away. They left behind writers and also users, who just want to share their experiences, which the tool hampers and costs extra time. And several people who started to contribute in the last few months have already dropped out again. And for this we need a solution now.
Either we find someone who has the inclination and time to deal with the tool and take care of it, or we need another tool. As it is now, we will fail in any case, foreseeable. And not because there is a lack of people or a lack of interest, but because with self-inflicted actions, people and technology end up too far apart.