[CentOS-docs] New User Wishes to Contribute

Ed Heron

Ed at Heron-ent.com
Mon Oct 5 17:05:27 UTC 2009

From: "Ralph Angenendt", Monday, October 05, 2009 9:54 AM

>Okay, than I did misunderstand that. Mind, that I'm not native speaker 
>Then *everybody* please be not vague:

  I think my last post might have fallen in to the vague category...

  I was trying to say that as one of those new members, I was trying to ease 
into the job.

  New members are being added...

>How would openness work in your view
>a) without compromising the wiki's spam-free-ness (?)
>b) with making people adhere to a CC license beforehand
>c) with making sure that the content quality doesn't get worse (I
>think we have a rather high quality at the moment)
>d) with making sure that there's no "off topic" content
>I'd really be interested to hear that. I have a view how that can
>work, but that is a view which still makes some people "better" than
>other people - and will create more work for them.
>I know we had that discussion about a year and a half ago, and I have
>some ideas - but the result from last year was, that there would be
>around 5 to 6 people who watch over the content. I think that that
>isn't enough.

  From my point of view, the process wasn't onerous in itself.  The only 
issues I had/have are the sparse guidelines of acceptable content and the 
voracity of the reaction, by some, to what they viewed as unacceptable 
content.  It appears there are multiple standards for content.

  I don't have a problem with easing people into the 'trusted' position of 
the edit group.  It is already possible to get a user account and access to 
create a user page with little 'qualification'.  For new conttibutors, this 
provides a sandbox to both say something about themselves and produce 
content, or spam.

  For aspiring content producers that suggest modification to existing 
content, those changes should go through the page's creator or maintainer or 
someone else in the edit group.  If they describe the changes on this list, 
it should be a simple matter for someone else to implement or possibly give 
them access to that page.  Once those people have sufficient history, I 
assume adding them to the edit group so they can make changes directly would 

  The only people excluded by the current process are the impatient.  This 
is a long-term project.  Impatience is for more transitory media, like 
on-line chat and lists/forums.  The world isn't going to end if a page isn't 
updated or access isn't granted for a few days.


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