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Subject: Proposals and Wiki Categories

Rob, all,

I have added an "CategoryNewProposals" to all proposals we have in the 
Wiki that use the new template. This allows us to dynamically list them.

An example of this is the page


It list all pages that are in the category "CategoryNewProposal". The 
list of pages is dynamically created.

We could also use that feature on the page


If we replace the list of proposals that we currently maintain manually 
by the expression below, then all new proposals would be listed 

[[FullSearch(r:CategoryNewProposal\b -r:CategoryCategory\b)]]

The only difference is that the list is sorted alphabetically and does 
not reflect the order in which proposals have been added. If this is not 
an issue, then this dynamic list of pages could actually safe us some 
administrative work. All that TC members that want to add a proposal 
would have to do is to create a new page and to add the term 
"CategoryNewProposal" to it. The page then would be listed automatically.

Well, as long as we have only new proposals the effort to add a link to 
the initial page is the same as to add a "CategoryNewProposal" to the 
new page. But when it starts to get interesting is if we add additional 
categories, like a category for approved proposals.

Right now, if a proposal gets approved, we would have to modify the 
metadata in the proposal, and we would have to maintain the list of 
proposals. This is very similar to what we do currently on the 1.2 
ActionItem page, except that the meta data would be tracked on the page 
of the proposal itself, rather than on the page that lists the proposal.

If we switch to categories, all that is required is that the category of 
the page is changed. The lists of proposals would be updated automatically.

A page may belong to multiple categories. This would allow us to create 
additional categories for proposals that shall be discussed in a TC 
call, or which shall be voted on. We may for instance agree that TC 
members that wish to discuss a proposal in one of the next calls add the 
category "CategoryToBeDiscussed" (or something similar) to the proposal 
page. We could then list these proposals automatically on a particular 
page, and could take this ad basis of our meeting agenda. However, this 
list would not reflect the order of which we get requests. As long as 
the number of proposals to discuss is limited and if we maybe agree on 
some time limits for the discussion of proposals in the calls, then this 
may not be an issue.

Best regards


Michael Brauer, Technical Architect Software Engineering
Sun Microsystems GmbH             Nagelsweg 55
D-20097 Hamburg, Germany          michael.brauer@sun.com
http://sun.com/staroffice         +49 40 23646 500

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