I commend the desire for great user docs for GL. Given your interest, I wanted to show you a framework that I started awhile back.
GeekLog Tutorials @ mindfab.com
I was using RoboHelp as the authoring tool to do this prototype documentation.
I don\'t consider this so far along that it needs to be salvaged, or the RoboHelp tool be required if there\'s a better way to go about it. I do think it can serve a prototype purpose of setting the \"level\" for the user docs. Levels include detail, target audience, quality.
Some documentation project requirements I see are:
Multiple contributors - tools so many can easily jump on is key. Though I started some docs for purposes of supporting our clients and sharing them with the community, good, complete docs takes many more than one or two contributors.
Quality - I would like to see a professional looking piece of documentation. Maybe I\'m alone, but I think a lot of Wiki\'s look like hacks and seem cluttered, but perhaps I don\'t understand enough about how you envision the role of a Wiki. Is it just for the collaboration piece, and we can get a full-up set of docs out of it (standalone - see below.)
Standalone - Would be nice to cut a set of docs on a version to be distributed with the GL tars and integrated into GL at least such that the links to the docs come off the same domain/host where GL is being hosted (vs requiring internet access - need to be able to host the docs internally, behind a firewall.) Standalone in that the output doesn\'t need a dynamic framework behind it.
Multiple formats - online/HTML and PDF are the two main ones I think should be supported.
In any case, GeekLog is a great piece of software and deserves great documentation, so I am glad to see others interested in kicking up a GL doc project. Hopefully, the ideas above and the prototype at the URL above might jump start some of the effort.