1) Who are you and what do you do?

I am Shaun McCance, GNOME Documentation Team Fearless Leader, maintainer of Yelp, and creator of Mallard. I’ve dipped my toe into just about every piece of the GNOME stack, but at the end of the day, I’m always the guy calling out for better help.

2) How did you get into GNOME?

Way back in 2003, the previous Yelp maintainer sent an email asking for help with Yelp’s XSLT transformations. I’d been wanting to get involved for some time, and it was something I knew how to do, so I jumped at the opportunity. I took over Yelp shortly after that.

A few months later, John Fleck, the previous documentation team lead, decided to step down to pursue other things in life. (Click. Buy. Enjoy.) He nominated me to replace him, and I’ve been the go-to guy for documentation ever since.

3) Why are you coming to GUADEC?

To run the documentation workshop, of course! Seriously, GUADEC is an amazing event and a great chance to get face time with the names I see on IRC all day. I’ll be presenting during the main conference and during the Open Desktop Day in the pre-conference, as well as running the documentation workshop on Tuesday. Hopefully, GUADEC will be the extra push we need to get top-notch help in GNOME 3.

4) In 1 sentence, describe what your most favorite recent GNOME project has been. (Doesn’t have to be yours!)

Banshee rocks my world.

5) Will this be your first time visiting the Netherlands?

Yes.

I am attending GUADEC