This idea has been batted about recently a bit in IRC and in-person discussions, but I thought I'd post it here:
Should we create a "Drupal Documentation Merit Badge"?
The idea would be that we'd define a set of tasks, such as "Find a page that needs technical editing, and fix it", "Roll 2 or more comments into a page", etc. (each one would have a link to a more complete description of the task). Then, when someone completes all the tasks to their satisfaction, they would go to their user profile on drupal.org, edit, and check the box saying "I earned the Drupal Documentation Merit Badge".
- No more than 6 or 8 tasks
- The tasks should be generic enough that any Drupal Docs contributor can complete them (i.e. not require you to be a programmer, a themer, or any other type of -er).
- The tasks should take some effort to complete (you shouldn't be able to finish them in a couple of minutes), but not too much (it shouldn't take years).
- Self-reporting (don't add extra work to the docs leaders, or force people to prove they did what they did)
- It should be a fun/game kind of thing -- the idea would be to have a fun way to be able to say "I contributed to docs". Probably this would mainly be in the name to make it more fun?
Questions I have:
a) Should we do this?
b) What should it be called (I'm sure someone can come up with a better name than "drupal documentation merit badge")?
c) What should the tasks be?