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Re: [Bug-gnupedia] FAQ: Got FAQ?
Re: [Bug-gnupedia] FAQ: Got FAQ?
Mon, 22 Jan 2001 22:50:53 +0000 (GMT)
Thats actually a very important idea - getting an FAQ.
We need to make it so that normal visitors to the
gnu.org/encyclopedia site dont just thiink its dead or
non existent or something, which is the impression all
the rumors are giving, and we dont want to get rid of
potential contributors. So we must just be able to
tell them to 'hang on' for the moment.
We'll need to do this together, probably a sort of
brainstorming session on the mailing list if that wont
get too confusing, so that it encompasses all our
I think that the GNE is the best idea for a name ive
heard so far, it keeps a bit of humor, seems to
strengthen the link with GNU. We also have the same
sort of relationship between being an 'encyclipedia'
but 'not', in the way that GNU is 'not' UNIX.
When it comes to moderation, again me and thom have
been putting our ideas together again, into a more
cohesive document (and at this rate its going to be a
LONG BOARING DETAILED document :)), which we should
have finished in the next few days, but we dont want
to put it up till its all finished so we know we get
the point across properly this time. So just sit
--- Dan Geiser <address@hidden> wrote: > One
thing that I've always find helpful when
> becoming involved with any
> project or subject are guidelines that new
> participants can use to get up
> and running without causing too much of a stink.
> Has anyone even broached
> the idea of starting a FAQ in which to record
> information about the general
> consensus of project participants?
> Relating back to my previous posting about deciding
> what, exactly, one wants
> to create before naming it...it seems to me that up
> until now some of these
> things can be defined. For bookeeping purposes I
> can call the unnamed
> project GNE as in GNE's Not an Encyclopedia. This
> does not have to be the
> name of the project!
> What is GNE?
> 1. Potential Attributes of GNE:
> Only one I can think of...free information. To me
> that's the biggest one.
> There are probably (definitely) others but
> everything can start at this
> Now one could say, "Well, what is the scope of this
> information?" Is this
> general information, specific information or a
> combination of the two? It
> can be whatever we make it. If one stands behind
> the concept that almost
> any word or phrase which has meaning could be in GNE
> then within the context
> of a specific word or phrase one could have
> different levels of detail and
> For example, at abstraction level 1 (the most
> abstract) an entry for "Dog"
> might be quite simple, perhaps a few sentences or a
> paragraph. Some other
> terms in GNE like "animal" might relate to dog at
> abstraction level 1 but
> other terms like "mammal" might require an
> additional level of detail. One
> could have as many level of details as deemed
> necessary by the article
> writers within that topic.
> Another thing which needs to come in play as some
> sort of moderation system.
> I don't know if this should be a pure voting
> system, some sort of karma
> system (like Slashdot), peer review, an apprentice
> system (like Advagato),
> etc. I DO NOT know what the right solution is.
> But, ultimately I picture a framework where anybody
> (and I do mean anybody!)
> can submit an article on any topic. With their
> article they can submit a
> list of one or more keywords which apply to this
> The new article is entered into the database as is.
> Not a single person has
> to look at it. From there the moderation/review
> process either agrees with
> the topic as presented and confirm it's validity by
> voting/confirming it.
> They can also suggest or keywords to be added or
> remove and can also comment
> upon the abstration level of the article.
> It really doesn't get much simpler than that. :-)
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