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Subject: Re: [office-formula] Wiki and work habits

I'd make the distinction between collaborative authoring and editing.  Wiki's are great for the former.  But when it comes down to the detailed work of checking cross references, perfecting the formatting, proof reading and voting on line-by-line changes, we need to get the document into the final distribution format which will be ODF.  

Think of it this way -- Philadelphia 1789, Constitutional Convention.  A wiki would have been a great help for them, as a group, as they hashed out what they wanted.  But at some point you need to stop making changes as a group, and hand off the notes to the guy with the nice handwriting (Jefferson) to make a formal draft, receive comments, note amendments in a well-defined process, and then produce the final document.  

I think we'll require a similar thing.  At a certain stage, once the rate-of-change has slowed, we transition into a technical editing phase where the work is more about style, layout and presentation and less about content.  At the same time, we want to be more careful about introducing substantive (non editorial) changes outside of a well-defined process.

I'm certainly in favor of pushing out this transition into the last possible moment, but no later.


Eike Rathke <erack@sun.com> wrote on 02/21/2006 07:40:08 AM:

> Hi David,
> On Mon, Feb 20, 2006 at 14:43:53 -0500, David A. Wheeler wrote:
> > We also don't have a wiki of any kind at this tiime.
> > Michael Brauer didn't want to ask for a wiki until we knew how
> > we wanted to work on the document.  So, I guess we can
> > discuss that right now... would there be value in having a
> > Wiki?
> I think so, yes. Especially in the initial phase it should be convenient
> if everyone could edit things, correct typos and other errors. Important
> changes should be announced on this mailing list and could be discussed
> then. The definition of 'important' here is still missing though. Will
> "sanity and common sense" be enough?
> > I'm presuming only members of the SC could edit the Wiki.
> I hope so, otherwise having a wiki would not be useful.
>   Eike

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