[ic] Release roadmap for Interchange && IRC meeting

Paul Jordan paul at gishnetwork.com
Thu Mar 31 23:39:47 UTC 2011

> From: jon at endpoint.com
> To: interchange-users at icdevgroup.org
> Subject: Re: [ic] Release roadmap for Interchange && IRC meeting
> On Thu, 31 Mar 2011, Paul Jordan wrote:
> > If it's impossible, what about installing a wikimedia system for the IC
> > docs? Ease of use and the enjoyment one receives from using it really
> > does drive itself.
> We had a wiki on icdevgroup.org for several years. Many of us love wikis.
> But for some reason, the Interchange wiki mostly collected spam and never
> got any significant new documentation contributions.
> That doesn't mean it couldn't be done again, but it should explain its
> absence now. And without a moderator who's willing to make time to deal
> with it, there'd be no reason to expect a better outcome this time.

I've been around for over 10 years, I don't remember any wiki. Was it powered by InvisiWiki?
Kevin's is elegant, easy to understand and use - maybe the one you guys used was not? Kevin approved people to edit documentation then left them to their business - there was no moderation, so that point is moot.
Just let allow a couple dozen responsible people have access. When people contribute allow them to flag *what they are editing* as  *was irresponsible* and if someone get's 4 flags, their account is frozen and can only be reviewed for reactivation upon request. Not only would this rarely happen, it is fully automated and only needs a person's interaction if the editor wants back in.
If there are those that have a hard time with barring nice people that want to contribute (but should not), then let me be the gatekeeper. 
Let's put it this way Jon, in the short amount of time Kevin's was in use, and the few people I know of that contributed - namely Kevin, Peter, Gert, and myself, the docs at RTFM are - STILL - head and sholders above the ones one icdevgroups. So clearly something was different.
Look at software on the web - something can fail and fail for years, then someone comes along and does the same thing but more elgantly, and it sings.

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