FARMBOT AND WHY DOCUMENTATION’S VITAL TO OPEN SOURCE PROJECTS

farmbot-osFrom the Arduino Blog

Zoe Romano — December 16th, 2015

Even though this blog post is not about a truly autonomous vehicle I feel that the video at the end of the post as to why great documentation is the key to maintaining a robust open source community is important to all of us in the open hardware/open software sUAS community.

Farmbot is the first open source cnc farming machine with the aim to create an open and accessible technology aiding everyone to grow food and to grow food for everyone. It runs on open source hardware like Arduino Mega 2560 and  involves a community of contributors on the wiki and forum where you can find documentation, schematics, assembly guides, troubleshooting tips and many more on all currently supported and old FarmBots.

Documentation has been a key element of the project since the beginning and Farmbot founder, Rory Aronson at the 2015 Hackaday SuperConference, gave a talk about why great documentation is the key to building a community of hackers who continue to build upon open source technologies:

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Comment by Grant Morphett on December 18, 2015 at 1:55pm

Good documentation is a hard, time consuming and thankless task.  Its hard to be clear and succinct getting the right balance of explaining the essentials but not including the kitchen sink.  Good documentation is also hardly ever rewarded or recognised.  Most people want the next feature, or a bug fixed or their issue resolved.  Lots of people will tell you what to document but few will do it.

If your one of the people who have taken the time to document something well and post it up for all to see (especially if its on the ArduPilot wiki ;-) my sincere thanks to you.

Thanks, Grant.

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