Thread Subject: Re: default tab on the wiki
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From: Andi Snow-Weaver
Date: Tue, Oct 17 2006 12:15 PM
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"I have to side with Bruce here. I don't think anything is gained by
making "discuss this document" the default."
I agree that the discuss page doesn't help much. You still have to "edit"
it. And if people are comfortable editing a wiki page, they can just edit
For Web and Software, I have set up pages with the current provisions
grouped for discussion as was recommended on the mailing list. I was
thinking of soliciting volunteers to "own" or "manage" these pages. Those
who are comfortable with editing the wiki can put their comments right on
the wiki page, prefaced by their name. I will encourage this by providing
an example on each page. Those who don't want to learn to edit wiki pages,
can send their comments on the mailing list. The managers can periodically
consolidate both the wiki and mailing list comments into a summary of the
positions we are consensing on or clustering around. The comments that are
posted to the Wiki would always be archived in the history, right? If
that's not usable, we could always send all of the original comments to the
mailing list for archival, once the positions are summarized, with a link
from the summary to the document in the mailing list archive.
"I guess I'd rather just see how things fall into place before forcing
a new convention upon users in the hopes that it will work better."
I agree. In the spirit of user centered design, let's use the tools for a
while and adjust as necessary based on user feedback.
I am also going to offer to the Web and Software subcommittee members that
I will provide some training on wikis if they are interested.
BTW, I asked Curtis Chong about the convention of using greater than (>) or
less than (<) symbols to mark content that is from another posting that you
are responding to. I was worried that this is not very friendly for screen
reader users. He recommends using double quotes instead so I plan to start
doing mine that way (see above).