Annotation of wikisrc/wiki/todo/let_non-developers_contribute_content.mdwn, revision 1.21
1.9 schmonz 1: [[tron]] suggests that non-developers should be able to post content
2: to a staging area, to be approved (possibly after editing) by
3: developers. [[schmonz]] likes this idea a lot.
5: > what about to make a sub-page called e.g. User contributed
6: > documentation an give non-developers rw access there while editing
7: > other parts(TNF contributed) of wiki will require developers account
8: > or possible some sort of bless from a developer. --[[haad]]
1.10 schmonz 10: >> From ikiwiki's PoV, this is equivalent to the Discussion-subpage
11: >> approach (merely a tweak to a PageSpec). From the human PoV, it's
12: >> a tradeoff. If we make a whole hierarchy world-editable, users will
13: >> be able to directly edit any page in that hierarchy, but we'll wind
14: >> up with two pages on every topic of interest and readers will have
15: >> to check both. A discussion subpage isn't the page itself, but the
16: >> relation of the two is never ambiguous.
18: >> Neither approach is ideal. A possible improvement: in addition
1.11 schmonz 19: >> to making making Discussion pages world-editable, use the
20: >> [[!iki ikiwiki/directive/inline]] directive on each main topic page to
1.10 schmonz 21: >> include the relevant Discussion subpage below, with a disclaimer
22: >> about the provenance of that content. Then both developers and users
23: >> can effectively edit the page, and the reader can easily discern
24: >> what's what.
26: >> Best if this inlining could be automated somehow, rather than
27: >> requiring someone to add a directive to each page. --[[schmonz]]
1.17 schmonz 29: >>> I don't understand why we are making user editing so hard, with
30: >>> discussion pages there will belittle or no user contribution which
31: >>> is wrong because main point of wiki is to give users power to share
32: >>> information not give this power to developers. Lets make part of
33: >>> wiki editable by users to let them contribute their documentation.
34: >>> If user will want to make his own page about e.g. suing NetBSD as
35: >>> xen server how he will done it with discussion pages ?
1.15 wiki 36: >>>
1.17 schmonz 37: >>> From other POV I looked at FreeBSD wiki and they have developers
38: >>> only wiki which can be edited by developers and some small number
39: >>> of non developers. --[[haad]]
1.15 wiki 40:
1.18 wiki 41: >>>> Sorry, I wasn't clear enough. Each page "Foo" will call `inline` to
42: >>>> insert its Discussion subpage into itself. The Discussion subpage will
43: >>>> continue to exist separately, but its contents will also be included
44: >>>> in the Foo page. The Foo page will then have two sections: one
45: >>>> that's only editable by developers, and another that's editable by
46: >>>> anyone. Developers will use the "Edit" link as normal. For ease of
47: >>>> user editing, we'll want to provide an "Edit" link within the
48: >>>> user-editable section of the page which leads directly to editing
49: >>>> the corresponding Discussion subpage where that content is stored.
50: >>>> Either kind of edit will result in an immediate update of the Foo
51: >>>> page.
1.21 ! wiki 53: >>>> With this approach, once the relevant
! 54: >>>> [[!iki bugs/anonok_vs._httpauth desc="ikiwiki bug"]] has been fixed,
1.18 wiki 55: >>>> the `opendiscussion` plugin should suffice to enable users to edit
56: >>>> content in a direct way, while also making clear to readers which
57: >>>> content comes from developers and which does not.
59: >>>> Things to think about when the time comes:
61: >>>> * automating the `inline`, disclaimer, and user-edit link (in
62: >>>> [[!iki wikitemplates]]?)
63: >>>> * whether `anonok` is okay or we should require e.g. an OpenID
64: >>>> * treating non-developer edits properly in `log_accum` messages
66: >>>> --[[schmonz]]
1.9 schmonz 68: _For non-developers using [[anonymous CVS|wiki/todo/push_wikisrc_to_anoncvs]]_:
69: submit a diff to `netbsd-docs@`.
71: _For non-developers using a web browser_: the ikiwiki discussion
72: subpage and/or [[!iki plugins/comments desc="comments plugin"]] may
73: point toward the solution.
1.3 wiki 74:
75: One of the reasons we [[chose ikiwiki|wiki/todo/choose_wiki_software]]
1.9 schmonz 76: is the ability to edit via CVS directly, as well as via the web.
77: As long as every wiki editor is a developer, controlling access
78: consistently is simple. In order to open up wiki editing to
79: non-developers, we have to think carefully about both the CVS case
80: and the web case.
1.3 wiki 81:
82: In the short term, to start getting non-developers involved, I intend
83: to [[push wikisrc to anoncvs]] and
84: [[hook up wiki commits to www-changes@]].
86: In the long term, ikiwiki has a few ready-made web authentication
87: options (a locally managed user database, OpenID, and HTTP auth), and
88: if they don't suffice for some reason, it's easy enough to write an
89: auth plugin. The hard part is deciding the workflow: where is a
90: sensible place for non-developers to make their edits, and what is a
91: sensible way for developers to review and "bless" the changes? Two
92: ikiwiki-native possibilities are listed above.
94: Ideas welcome! Edit this page and add your comments. --[[schmonz]]
1.4 wiki 95:
1.5 wiki 96: One idea (which needs to be considered by board@):
1.4 wiki 97:
98: 7. Enable Discussion subpages.
99: 7. Mark very clearly on the Discussion page template that content may
100: have been written by anyone at all and has not been vetted by any
101: member of TNF.
1.6 wiki 102: 7. Enable the `anonok` plugin and set the `anonok_pagespec` to allow
103: anonymous editing of Discussion subpages (and of no other pages).
1.4 wiki 104:
1.12 wiki 105: > This doesn't actually work, though. Trying to create or edit a
1.14 schmonz 106: > Discussion subpage yields the HTTP auth dialog. And this is
107: > equivalent to the `opendiscussion` plugin. Joey says:
1.13 schmonz 108: > "it's a bug, not sure how to fix it right now". --[[schmonz]]
1.12 wiki 109:
1.4 wiki 110: The resulting workflow:
112: 7. Non-developer finds a page to which to suggest changes.
1.9 schmonz 113: 7. Non-developer edits its Discussion subpage and writes the suggested
115: 7. Developer who follows [[RecentChanges]] (or the commit mails)
116: notices the changes.
117: 7. If the changes aren't acceptable, developer edits the Discussion
118: subpage and explains why not.
119: 7. If the changes are acceptable, developer applies them to the
120: page and removes them from the Discussion subpage.
122: > This can be work flow for a TNF contributed pages but as I said
123: > above this is not acceptable for as normal wiki workflow. We had
124: > almost similar discussion about comments on a blog software for
125: > NetBSD. There were developers who thought that there will be too
126: > many comments and we do not have man power to read/approve them
127: > all. After setting blog we have found that we have barely 1-2
128: > comments in every third article. I don;t thing that there will be
129: > too many real editors on our wiki from non-developers and therefore
130: > we need to make it easy not hard to do. --[[haad]]
1.12 wiki 131:
1.19 wiki 132: >>And yet, we already had spam on the blog. I'm not much pro distributing spam, and would strongly suggest some kind of auth that at least brakes spam down a bit. That also speaks against using "any verifying OpenID" (ie users may opt to use OpenID but we still need to put their ID into some sort of list of good IDs). --[[spz]]
1.20 wiki 133:
134: >>> This sounds reasonable. Getting oneself added to a whitelist isn't too much to ask a prospective contributor. The whitelist can be implemented using [[!iki plugins/lockedit]]. --[[schmonz]]
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