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Subject: Re: Straw poll on wiki replacement

Re: Straw poll on wiki replacement

From: Jason Arthur Taylor via rockbox <rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2020 07:41:03 -0400

On Sun, Jun 28, 2020 at 12:41 AM Franklin Wei via rockbox <
rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se> wrote:

> On Saturday, June 27, 2020 9:43 PM, Jason Arthur Taylor via rockbox <
> rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se> wrote:
>
> > Not to boast but I have contributed a lot lot wiki-like edits, articles,
> and posts. Probably way over 10,000.
>
> Not sure how this is relevant.
>

I'm just saying from experience what motivates real wiki editors.


>
> > No masterpieces, only half-butted cruddy lame contributions with
> spelling errors etc. That's exactly what non-live editing is not asking
> but more begging for.
>
> I beg to differ. Live editing via the current interface is extremely
> annoying (not to mention prone to losing work due to connection issues). In
> fact, offline editing brings us closer to the model we use in software
> projects, where you develop (edit) locally and have a chance to see the
> result _before_ it goes live, thus keeping you from pushing a half-baked
> result to the production site.
>

If you are getting paid to work on a mission critical software program,
sure. But, if you are merely editing words like I am now (wiki stuff,
correct me if I'm wrong on what we are talking about), the main reward for
projects like this is just seeing your words and content live. Take that
away, and you won't have that reward. There are some potential benefits of
delaying that reward, like censorship in case the powers that be feel it
needed, but in terms of motivating potential "outsider" contributors, it
would curtail that, based on my experience.


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