[pmwiki-users] PmWiki Magazine proposed Submission/Approval Process

Henrik Bechmann henrik.bechmann at sympatico.ca
Thu Sep 28 11:47:23 CDT 2006

I vote for Ben. He's clearly thoughtful, well-organized, articulate, 
reasonable, sensible, and sensitive...

- Henrik

Sandy wrote:
> As is, the author pretty much takes the article through the entire 
> process. Do we need an editor / mentor / co-ordinator to reassure the 
> author that "Yes, the time has passed with no objections, consider it 
> accepted"? We're in a lovely grey area between a free-for-all and formal 
> print.
> Sandy
> Henrik Bechmann wrote:
>> Looks good to me..
>> - Henrik
>> Ben Wilson wrote:
>>> I have drafted a proposed process for the Magazine.[1] I tried to
>>> create a process that allows the author a measure of freedom to
>>> publish an article while retaining accountability and an opportunity
>>> for some degree of peer review. I'm giving a terse summary of the
>>> process here, but the site has greater detail.
>>> The process is essentially five stage:
>>> 1. Proposal
>>> 2. Acceptance of Proposal
>>> 3. Write the Article
>>> 4. (Peer) Review
>>> 5. Publication
>>> Proposal summaries comprise a title, categories, and abstract of the
>>> article, and are listed on a proposal page by day. This puts others on
>>> notice so two author's don't write on the same topic in a vacuum.
>>> Peers have a period of time (I thought a week or two) to raise
>>> concerns with a proposed article. Authors and peers resolve the
>>> concern, and if necessary, the Author withdraws the article. Accepted
>>> article summaries are moved to a "coming articles" page.
>>> When an article is accepted, the author writes the article somewhere
>>> (off-wiki, or not in Magazine group). When written, the author submits
>>> the article to some peer review group for comment. Comments are then
>>> integrated and the author repeats the process as desired. Pm is given
>>> a chance to bless, too.
>>> Article is published.
>>> Whenever the author has to wait for comment, there is a time limit so
>>> he does not have to wait too long. Thus, if no comments are made, the
>>> article can proceed smoothly to publication. Silence means nobody
>>> takes issue with the article.
>>> I added a bit for abuse---when an author decides to ignore the process
>>> or if things get too heated. I've rarely met a more amiable group than
>>> the PmWiki Community, so I thought it might sound a bit too heavy.
>>> But, I know I get irate without my coffee, so I thought to err on the
>>> side of caution.
>>> The way it is worded now, the process is a bit milquetoast. There's no
>>> voting, and arbitration is viewed as a last resort (and punted to Pm).
>>> I thought it was a good place to start, and as a need to firm up
>>> specific phases becomes apparent, we can address that need then.
>>> Please read the process and provide input. Perhaps a wiki-way approach
>>> (bullets after a phase, signatures w/ date stamp, etc.) would work
>>> better than email, but I leave it to you to chose your way of
>>> commenting. :-)
>>> Ben Wilson
>>> [1]: http://pmwiki.org/wiki/Magazine/ArticleSubmissionAndApprovalProcess
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