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Added a "suggested reading order" to the README (fixes #136 -- thanks…

… paolo!). Also reworded some of the language in the README and added pointers to the various help resources.

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Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development
and clean, pragmatic design.
-Thanks for downloading it.
+All documentation is in the "docs" directory and online at
+ If you're just getting started,
+here's a good order to read the docs:
-All documentation is in the "docs" directory. Docs are updated rigorously. If
-you find any problems in the docs, or think they should be clarified in any
-way, please take 30 seconds to fill out a ticket here:
+ * First, read doc/install.txt for instructions on installing Django.
+ * Next, work through the tutorials in order (doc/tutorial01.txt,
+ doc/tutorial02.txt, etc.).
+ * If you want to set up an actual deployment server, read doc/modpython.txt
+ for instructions on running Django under mod_python.
+ * The rest of the documentation is of the reference-manual variety;
+ read it -- and the FAQ -- as you run into problems.
+Docs are updated rigorously. If you find any problems in the docs, or think they
+should be clarified in any way, please take 30 seconds to fill out a ticket
-Install instructions are in the INSTALL file.
+To get more help:
+ * Join the #django channel on; lots of helpful
+ people hang out there (read the archives at
+ * Join the django-users mailing list or read the archives at
+To contribute to Django:
+ * Check out for information
+ about getting involved.

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