Annotation of wikisrc/wiki/todo/let_non-developers_contribute_content.mdwn, revision 1.8

1.3       wiki        1: [[tron]] suggests that non-developers should be able to post content to a staging area, to be approved (possibly after editing) by developers. [[schmonz]] likes this idea a lot.
1.1       wiki        2: 
1.8     ! wiki        3: > what about to make a sub-page called e.g. User contributed documentation an give non-developers rw access there while editing other parts(TNF contributed) of wiki will require developers account or possible some sort of bless from a developer. --[[haad]]
1.7       wiki        4: 
1.3       wiki        5: _For non-developers using [[anonymous CVS|wiki/todo/push_wikisrc_to_anoncvs]]_: submit a diff to `netbsd-docs@`.
1.1       wiki        6: 
1.3       wiki        7: _For non-developers using a web browser_: the ikiwiki discussion subpage and/or [[!iki plugins/comments desc="comments plugin"]] may point toward the solution.
                      8: 
                      9: One of the reasons we [[chose ikiwiki|wiki/todo/choose_wiki_software]]
                     10: is the ability to edit via CVS
                     11: directly, as well as via the web. As long as every wiki editor is a
                     12: developer, controlling access consistently is simple. In order to open
                     13: up wiki editing to non-developers, we have to think carefully about
                     14: both the CVS case and the web case.
                     15: 
                     16: In the short term, to start getting non-developers involved, I intend
                     17: to [[push wikisrc to anoncvs]] and
                     18: [[hook up wiki commits to www-changes@]].
                     19: 
                     20: In the long term, ikiwiki has a few ready-made web authentication
                     21: options (a locally managed user database, OpenID, and HTTP auth), and
                     22: if they don't suffice for some reason, it's easy enough to write an
                     23: auth plugin. The hard part is deciding the workflow: where is a
                     24: sensible place for non-developers to make their edits, and what is a
                     25: sensible way for developers to review and "bless" the changes? Two
                     26: ikiwiki-native possibilities are listed above.
                     27: 
                     28: Ideas welcome! Edit this page and add your comments. --[[schmonz]]
1.4       wiki       29: 
1.5       wiki       30: One idea (which needs to be considered by board@):
1.4       wiki       31: 
                     32: 7. Enable Discussion subpages.
                     33: 7. Mark very clearly on the Discussion page template that content may
                     34: have been written by anyone at all and has not been vetted by any
                     35: member of TNF.
1.6       wiki       36: 7. Enable the `anonok` plugin and set the `anonok_pagespec` to allow
                     37: anonymous editing of Discussion subpages (and of no other pages).
1.4       wiki       38: 
                     39: The resulting workflow:
                     40: 
                     41: 7. Non-developer finds a page to which to suggest changes.
                     42: 7. Non-developer edits its Discussion subpage and writes the suggested changes.
                     43: 7. Developer who follows [[RecentChanges]] (or the commit mails) notices the changes.
                     44: 7. If the changes aren't acceptable, developer edits the Discussion subpage and explains why not.
                     45: 7. If the changes are acceptable, developer applies them to the page and removes them from the Discussion subpage.
1.7       wiki       46: 
1.8     ! wiki       47: > This can be work flow for a TNF contributed pages but as I said above this is not acceptable for as normal wiki workflow. We had almost similar discussion about comments on a blog software for NetBSD. There were developers who thought that there will be too many comments and we do not have man power to read/approve them all. After setting blog we have found that we have barely 1-2 comments in every third article. I don;t thing that there will be too many real editors on our wiki from non-developers and therefore we need to make it easy not hard to do. --[[haad]]

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