[Theforum] Re: Article Approvals

spinhead evolt at spinhead.com
Thu Nov 29 13:32:52 CST 2001

I think it would be really helpful to those of us who are active on theforum
but have never been privy to the whole 'admin' thing to get some idea of
what goes on behind the scenes. Sure, we can guess that someone does this,
that, and the other thing, but how about a list of tasks that need to get
done? If you've been doing something for three years and want some help, let
us know. Hey, I'd love to be involved with editing articles, but I'm just so
technically broad that I don't think I'm deep enough in any one area to
verify someone else's code. Writing style, spelling, grammar, etc., sure.

Some of us would be glad to do anything we can - but we need to know what it
is, and where it is, and where to put it, and who to do it with, blah blah


----- Original Message -----
From: "Warden, Matt" <mwarden at mattwarden.com>
To: <theforum at lists.evolt.org>
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2001 11:15 AM
Subject: [Theforum] Re: Article Approvals

> Madhu wrote:
> >So what are you proposing, Dan?
> I don't think Dan is proposing anything. Admin talked about this for
> a LONG time (like I said, we've recycled the conversation a couple of
> times). Since late July of this year.
> It's more of a natural progression than anyone's idea. To me, it seems
> silly to open half of admin's duties (arguably the *more* important and
> sacred half) for all the X-number of reasons we discussed and not the
> other, having those same reasons and more.
> >Are you saying that non-admins *will* be
> >allowed to approve articles?
> We're saying that seems to be a solution for current problems
> (stagnation, language barriers, etc.) and that it goes along with the
> direction evolt has been headed lately: openness.
> >If so, have you thought out a process for
> >this?
> process?
> Assuming we add the checks in the CMS...
> 1. Joe User volunteers to edit an article.
> 2. We say: go for it (if no one else has already taken it)
> 3a. He does a good job and we all pat him on the back.
> 3b. He does an ok job; someone else makes a few more edits; Joe learns the
> ropes and does better next time.
> 3c. Joe is an asshole and deletes the article. We restore it from backup
> and let someone else edit it. Only thing hurt is a day or so lost editing
> time.
> Joe wants to help the community.
> We need to let him.
> Our only other responsibility is to make sure he doesn't fuck up the
> community in the process, which we can do with additional precautions and
> tools.
> Thanks,
> --
> mattwarden
> mattwarden.com
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