There's too much clutter in the set of DoESLiverpool repositories.
I've pinned up the "wiki/wiki" and "somebody-should/issues" repositories (which should have probably been the same thing repo)
There are lots of repositories with little or nothing in them, eg:
Could we move their contents into the "somewhere-safe" repo and delete them?
Could we also move the handbook into the DoES wiki as there is a huge overlap?
I think the handbook's main purpose is to have a single document you should read all of before you become a member. This would be a sub-selection of the wiki information.
Pinning some repos is a good plan, as does some tidying up and clearing out old repos that didn't go anywhere.
I don't think we should just fold things into somewhere-safe just because they're small though; by all means small bits and pieces should live in somewhere-safe, but if the repo is self-contained and likely to be deployed as a full package - the simple_sl030_rfid_reader repo is a good example - then I think it should stay as its own repo. Otherwise any scripts that use it (e.g. when provisioning a doorbot, in this case) will have to clone all of somewhere-safe and then pick out what they want.
Pinning important repos and improving the description and README.md files in all of the repos feels like a better approach.
The handbook is, as you rightly surmise, the "introduction to DoES" guide. There will be a massive overlap with the wiki, and it'd be good to get to a point where it pulls in chunks of the wiki (so we only have to write things once) and similarly directs people to the wiki. I think it'd also have some more background info on DoES as a community, and have the subset of info that's most important to a newcomer. (And likely be created as a PDF we can email to them, or maybe we'd even get some copies printed up - there's been talk of it becoming something akin to the Hiut Denim yearbook, with interesting articles interspersed with the need-to-know info.
The handbook stuff is covered (or should be covered) by #118.
I've deleted a couple of repos that didn't get beyond an idea, and added descriptions to most of the rest that didn't already have one.