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Let's use this page to create a guide for people who are new Launchpad. What do they absolutely need to know? Not just about Launchpad itself but also the community.
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*Maybe we can add in here a description of all the features and what they're used for? I was confused for the longest time what the Blueprints section did. Also add information about what "sprints" are. I still have no idea what they are. Also maybe write or point to a Beginner's Guide to using Launchpad highlighting the different sections and what their main purpose is. As it stands right now, new users are kinda left up to their own device to try and figure out the mechanics of the system. = Hello =
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I think we need to point out the difference between Launchpad and Launchpad Help as when I started (i.e. just clicking links to see what happens) I couldn't work out why I seemed to be getting a different page when I click the "Logged in as <user name>" link. This depended whether I was in Launchpad or Launchpad Help. i.e. "Who is <user name>?" in Launchpad and "User Preferences" in Launchpad Help. When you know why this is happening it's OK but initially it was confusing. This might be solved by having the text say "Logged into Launchpad as ..." or "Logged into Launchpad Help as ..." Welcome to Launchpad! Launchpad is a hosting and collaboration service for software projects. You can use Launchpad to:

 * report and learn more about bugs in software you use - [[Bugs|more about Bugs]]
 * help translate software - [[Translations|more about Translations]]
 * host, share and find code
 * ask for help with software - [[Answers|more about Answers]]
 * plan, assign and follow the progress of chunks of work [[Blueprint|more about Blueprint]]
 * create and host Ubuntu packages - [[Packaging/PPA|more about Personal Package Archives]].

You can also [[Projects/Registering|register your software project]] in our directory, then pick and choose which parts of Launchpad you want to use. It's free for [[Legal/ProjectLicensing|free software projects]] - [[Feedback|contact us]] if your project uses a non-free licence.

'''Want to know more about what Launchpad can do?''' Take [[https://launchpad.net/+tour|our tour]].

= Try Launchpad =

Try Launchpad in our [[https://staging.launchpad.net|staging environment]] without worrying about touching real data. Staging uses a copy of Launchpad's real database and gets wiped at the end of every day.

Before you can use staging, you'll need to [[YourAccount/Registering|register your account]] in Launchpad's [[https://launchpad.net|production environment]] and then wait up to one day for your account to be copied over to staging.

'''Note:''' some features aren't automatically active on staging, including:

 * translation imports and automatic approval
 * translation exports.
 
If you need to try these features on staging, ask us to

If you're looking

Hello

Welcome to Launchpad! Launchpad is a hosting and collaboration service for software projects. You can use Launchpad to:

You can also register your software project in our directory, then pick and choose which parts of Launchpad you want to use. It's free for free software projects - contact us if your project uses a non-free licence.

Want to know more about what Launchpad can do? Take our tour.

Try Launchpad

Try Launchpad in our staging environment without worrying about touching real data. Staging uses a copy of Launchpad's real database and gets wiped at the end of every day.

Before you can use staging, you'll need to register your account in Launchpad's production environment and then wait up to one day for your account to be copied over to staging.

Note: some features aren't automatically active on staging, including:

  • translation imports and automatic approval
  • translation exports.

If you need to try these features on staging, ask us to

If you're looking

NewToLaunchpad (last edited 2018-05-24 17:29:08 by cjwatson)