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Scottish Ruby User Group


The Scottish Ruby User Group is a collection of people who are linked with Scotland and have an interest in Ruby and Ruby on Rails. We meet every month in Edinburgh for presentations from members and guests, and a chat about Ruby and related subjects. All are welcome, and there are no subscriptions or costs involved.

Meetings are announced in advance on the mailing list, Meetup, and Open Tech Calendar, and follow our code of conduct.

Meeting up

We currently meet online on the second Thursday of the month at 18:00. Currently we’re experimenting with the most appropriate video conferencing solution. Links will be posted the day before if you’re signed up on Meetup.

Mailing List

You can browse and subscribe to the list using the ScotRUG Google Group information page. The list is for announcements of activities and general Ruby support and discussion; feel free to post any questions you may have.


We have a Freenode channel #scotrug, though it’s quite quiet. There’s also the Gitter channel around the ScotRUG github repository. It is also quiet.

Code of Conduct

To ensure we provide a welcoming and friendly environment for all, attendees, speakers, organisers, and volunteers at any ScotRUG meetup are required to conform to our code of conduct.

Organizers will enforce this code throughout the meetup and meetup-related social events.


Videos of previous presentations have been provided courtesy of Cultivate.

Edinburgh, 12th December 2019 - Simply Tidying up Documentation

posted 08 Dec 2019

Where and When?

This December, we’ll be meeting up in FreeAgent on Thursday the 12th, at 18:00. That’s in their Edinburgh offices on Fountainbridge.

There will be someone at reception to let you up to FreeAgent’s offices from 17:30 until 18:00. If you arrive later than that, send an email to the mailing list or send us a tweet. Someone will come down for you.


December brings short nights and bright lights in Edinburgh. It’s also tradtionally a month of giving in Scotland, and this month ScotRUG are going to run a wee workshop with the aim of contributing back to Rails community.

Let’s set the scene: I find myself reading documentation in three main situations: getting started with something new, checking the details of something I’ve used before, and when trying to debug something that isn’t working. When I’m getting started with something, or when I’m stuck on something, documentation is something to help guide a new, possibly frustrated human towards more understanding. So when I come across documentation saying “just do this” or “simply do that” and I’ve already tried that thing, it’s quite frustrating. So, last month, the excellent Emma Barnes (who has a website to dedicated to this very problem) tweeted out examples of these documentation anti-patterns in the Rails docs. So, in the spirit of giving back, let’s see if we can contribute some PRs to remove this sort of language from the Rails guides to make them cleaner and less frustrating!

Bring a curious mind and a willingness to start editing, and we’ll go through how to contribute to the Rails docs, and then get started.

ScotRUG welcomes first timers and regular attendees, whether you’re new to the language or not. We’d love to see you there!

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