From what I heard, the reason for that is just a lack of manpower as in any other OSS project. So please let me assure you, this is not about blame: I appreciate what’s there and I don’t blame anybody for what’s not there, especially because I didn’t have the time for any sigificant contributions in that area myself.
Of course I could now just go and buy the book and be fine with it. I really appreciate that such books exist, as they do have their USPs, for example a more “tutorial-like” approach and in-depth explanations (actually, I’ve bought the first two extbase books by Patrick Lobacher and Michael Schams, and would surely also buy the third one
At the same time, we all know that having a free and up-to-date, reliable source of documentation is vital to any open source project as it is one of the main factors to attract new people to the community and keep them happy. So this is simply something people sort of expect.
So, as the manpower situation seems to be on the same level for some time now, the first idea that came to my mind was: "Why don’t we just pay Michael Schams or others with money from the association to do this work for the community, based on their book?"
Maintenance of the documentation would probably also be easier once we have a “fresh” start.
What do you think about this?
Pro: Probably gets the job done fast and with good quality
Con: Offering money as extrinsic motivation for community work may lower intrinsic motivation; where does this end?