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

Sandy sandy at onebit.ca
Fri Sep 29 14:13:39 CDT 2006

Following Pm's method of pulling out bits to comment on.

On Pm as "Administrator, Lord of All He Surveys"

Boils down to the fact that I trust him. He knows the system inside out. 
He won't let incorrect or incomplete advice get through. He won't squash 
differing opinions unless they are dangerous. Not that he's the only one 
here I trust at that level, but he's the obvious choice, especially for 
the technical articles.

On drafts being confused with published articles.

Don't let it happen. I don't care how you do it, but if they appear on 
the site search under any category, make the "draft" part obvious. Like 
with Cookbook-v1. I've been known to get lots pages listed for a search, 
then not realize the link I clicked on was in Cookbook-v1.

On drafts being visible to all.

Author's choice. I know that when I'm ready for a beta read when writing 
fanfic, I'll put the story up on a hidden part of my site and point them 
to it. That way they can look at it and decide they don't want to, 
rather than saying Yes and then realizing it's not what they were expecting.

On Proposal and Acceptance.

If I'm reading right, Acceptance will be silence, and the main benefit 
from the proposal stage is advertising that an article is being written. 
(Was going to say topic has been taken, but it can be taken more than 
once.) Maybe change it to "Articles in progress", and give a date / 
?monthly? progress mini-reports (so we know it's still active). If you 
want to write one similar, email the author of the first and see what 
happens. Chances are you'll become co-author, 1st reviewer, or write an 
alternate approach -- all good things.


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