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Sat Dec 26 22:46:38 2009 UTC (8 years, 5 months ago) by schmonz
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comments from chat with haad@

[[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.

> 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]]

>> From ikiwiki's PoV, this is equivalent to the Discussion-subpage
>> approach (merely a tweak to a PageSpec). From the human PoV, it's
>> a tradeoff. If we make a whole hierarchy world-editable, users will
>> be able to directly edit any page in that hierarchy, but we'll wind
>> up with two pages on every topic of interest and readers will have
>> to check both. A discussion subpage isn't the page itself, but the
>> relation of the two is never ambiguous.
>> Neither approach is ideal. A possible improvement: in addition
>> to making making Discussion pages world-editable, use the [[!iki
>> ikiwiki/directive/inline]] directive on each main topic page to
>> include the relevant Discussion subpage below, with a disclaimer
>> about the provenance of that content. Then both developers and users
>> can effectively edit the page, and the reader can easily discern
>> what's what.
>> Best if this inlining could be automated somehow, rather than
>> requiring someone to add a directive to each page. --[[schmonz]]

_For non-developers using [[anonymous CVS|wiki/todo/push_wikisrc_to_anoncvs]]_:
submit a diff to `netbsd-docs@`.

_For non-developers using a web browser_: the ikiwiki discussion
subpage and/or [[!iki plugins/comments desc="comments plugin"]] may
point toward the solution.

One of the reasons we [[chose ikiwiki|wiki/todo/choose_wiki_software]]
is the ability to edit via CVS directly, as well as via the web.
As long as every wiki editor is a developer, controlling access
consistently is simple. In order to open up wiki editing to
non-developers, we have to think carefully about both the CVS case
and the web case.

In the short term, to start getting non-developers involved, I intend
to [[push wikisrc to anoncvs]] and
[[hook up wiki commits to www-changes@]].

In the long term, ikiwiki has a few ready-made web authentication
options (a locally managed user database, OpenID, and HTTP auth), and
if they don't suffice for some reason, it's easy enough to write an
auth plugin. The hard part is deciding the workflow: where is a
sensible place for non-developers to make their edits, and what is a
sensible way for developers to review and "bless" the changes? Two
ikiwiki-native possibilities are listed above.

Ideas welcome! Edit this page and add your comments. --[[schmonz]]

One idea (which needs to be considered by board@):

7. Enable Discussion subpages.
7. Mark very clearly on the Discussion page template that content may
have been written by anyone at all and has not been vetted by any
member of TNF.
7. Enable the `anonok` plugin and set the `anonok_pagespec` to allow
anonymous editing of Discussion subpages (and of no other pages).

The resulting workflow:

7. Non-developer finds a page to which to suggest changes.
7. Non-developer edits its Discussion subpage and writes the suggested
7. Developer who follows [[RecentChanges]] (or the commit mails)
notices the changes.
7. If the changes aren't acceptable, developer edits the Discussion
subpage and explains why not.
7. If the changes are acceptable, developer applies them to the
page and removes them from the Discussion subpage.

> 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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