wiki reorg - Documentation Team

Michael Shiloh michael at
Wed Jul 30 09:03:33 CEST 2008

Will replied. Briefly:

"The wiki is an open platform, they have all the permission they need. 
Brenda will guide this effort like any other editor would do: leave them 
alone to explore freely and provide them with the tools and environment 
that them need to do so.

"... tell them to run free.  Brenda ... will guide by assistance

So. Organize however you see fit. Plan amongst yourselves. Prioritize as 
you see fit, and lead yourselves.



Josh Monson wrote:
> Hi Justin,
> I completely agree with your "take this team in a direction" comments.
> Originally, a few days before this list was created, I posed the
> question
> Of whom would lead this or be in charge of it, in terms of coordinating
> the efforts of the volunteers. The response I received from OM was that
> Brenda has been leading this already and will continue to do so. I see a
> lot of back'n'forth on the list about who is doing what, but I do not
> see responses from Brenda or another person in listing out tasks,
> assigning work, goal orientation, etc...
> William Lai wrote "In fact she has been actively 'leading' since day 1,
> before any of these discussions started."
> So at this point, I guess my question would be of the following...Say
> it's been a few days since you have been able to check this lists
> emails, and you find yourself w/ a few hours of free time, or time you
> would like to dedicate to the wiki. How would one quickly find out
> something you could edit or organize that would be productive? Email the
> list and wait for a response? Go to the wiki page and just find
> something you feel should be different? Etc.....
> A coordinated effort w/ end goals would be extremely efficient and
> usefull since none of the volunteers can put in days at a time on this
> :)
> .02
> -----Original Message-----
> From: documentation-bounces at
> [mailto:documentation-bounces at] On Behalf Of Justin
> Wong
> Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 10:58 PM
> To: documentation at
> Subject: Re: wiki reorg - Documentation Team
> Hi,
> Thanks for being so inviting. I love the enthusiasm that everyone has
> to try to make this work!  It's really awesome and I think we really
> have potential to make positive changes happen.
> However, I am seeing many individual efforts and not much effort as a
> team. If we continue to work the way things are going currently, not
> only are we going to get duplicated and wasteful work, but our efforts
> will also be fragmented and possibly going in different directions.
> Instead of everyone taking a handful of pages and just going to fix it
> in an ad-hoc way, we need to coordinate our efforts towards a unified
> goal. Otherwise, the result will not be improved documentation, which
> is the ultimate goal for all of us.
> I hope that we can take the necessary steps, as a group, to:
> 1) Gather all the issues we are seeing currently and identify the
> underlying problem.
> 2) Outline 3 (or some other number) key themes we need to work towards
> 3) Set up initiatives that work towards those themes
> Right now, I think we need someone to step up and take this team in a
> direction. I would volunteer for this position, but am willing to let
> someone take charge who might have more time and commitment to this
> project.
> Please respond in this thread with any suggestions/ideas.
> Cheers!
> Justin
> On Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 2:24 PM, Torfinn Ingolfsen <tingox at>
> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> On Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 10:38 PM, Ferenc Veres <lion at>
> wrote:
>>> One of you is currently writing a
>> I think that is Brenda's page.
>>> Anyway, it's not easy for one person to decide what to do with
> specific
>>> pages. Should we do voting page on the
>> I think it is important to  to two things at the same time:
>> - discuss guidelines and specific issues here, and document the
> results
>> - do updates on the wiki whenever each of us finds a page / section
>> that clearly needs updating, and it is clear to the finder how he /
>> she wants to update it.
>> Anyway, that's how I plan to work.
>> The worst that can happen is that I must redo my work on some page if
>> the rest of the wiki maintainers team disagrees with my update. I can
>> live with that :-)
>>> We also need a wiki administrator contact, to request changes which
> are
>>> not permitted for general users.
>> I think we have that already, in Brenda, our excellent Wiki editor.
>> --
>> Regards,
>> Torfinn Ingolfsen
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