|⦵ Jason Rapp Venture-Agent, California—Folsom aka avagdu|
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> At present, it is online only, but we are working on a version> that is print to pdf. The surveys we did last fall indicated
> much of the playerbase wanted an online version. Being online
> also makes it a living document that we can update as needed,
> instead of once a year.
Please make the PDF version very soon, or just put it all on one URL so we can easily print it! The majority of places I play at don't have wifi. The current layout of spreading the document across many pages makes barely unusable. For example, if you want to search for a term, you have to do it ten times to make sure. (Are you willing to wager large sums of money that your Glossary is complete?) Speed is also an issue. It took me 30 seconds to open the page just now (wired to cable modem), so it would have been faster to look something up in a print version.
When you do update it please, please, please announce it loudly and widely. One temptation of "living documents" is to make frequent, minor tweaks, so it becomes not a just question of "which season's Guide do you have" but "which version", or "what day", or even "I have the today's 11:15AM version, which one do you have". Intentionally making an update difficult is often the only way to slow that down. I once did software development at a company where the documentation was in a Wiki, management encouraged us to not do up-front design but design and change as we wrote code, and chaos ensued.
For example, even now, after just two updates, the TOC page says the Guide is
"Current Version: 0.03
Current Version Date 8/6/2019 – 22:00"
but the individual chapters say they are
"Current Version: 0.02
Current Version Date 8/5/2019 – 18:00"
You're already getting chaos.
It appears that the versions are only changing on the pages that have changed, as well as the main page. Additionally, there is a changelog posted which says what the differences are from the previous version:
Changelog0.04 – Player Basics – Clarified Boon Slots Text
— Faction Boons – Updated Promo Boon text
— Volunteer Coordinators – Added Washington DC to Northeast region
0.03 – Volunteer Coordinators – updated page with correct RVC emails and location titles
Knowing Jared (he's my VC), the team he's building to help handle the OPF website and online guide will be working hard over the next few weeks to get everything ship-shape and to a version 1 state.