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Proposal to add "Wiki Changes" as a Community sub-forum  Topic is solved

Postby kentsmith9 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:33 pm

I have been looking at the many great pages in the Wiki and as a relatively new addition to the team, I have a lot of fresh thoughts on what I found difficult to understand or locate as I was coming up to speed. I have been making a number of small adjustments to the wording, grammar, style, etc. to make it flow a bit more consistently and help answer questions I am seeing in the forums.

As I search through the forums, I am finding it difficult to isolate discussions focused on Wiki updates vs. discussions just referencing the Wiki. I think we could benefit from adding a sub-forum under Community focused on the Wiki itself. In that forum we could post:
  • Feedback from users on things that are hard to understand, but the user is afraid to "be bold" in the Wiki
  • Running threads listing sections that need updates where various editors can take a shot at them
  • Ideas for proposed larger section changes or additions
  • Recommended style guidelines when making changes/additions to the Wiki
  • Links to new pages in alternate languages that would benefit from translation to other languages
  • Discussions and subsequent links to polls where we are voting on changes around more subjective things like map editing recommendations, e.g. Ramp naming

In RL I do a lot of documentation and technical writing, I am a very experienced Wikipedia editor, and I believe I can add value to the Waze Wiki. I just want to be sure I am in sync with the general community and I think this proposed sub-forum would help us all. If there is an alternate method to achieve this I am happy to listen as well.
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Re: Proposal to add "Wiki Changes" as a Community sub-forum

Postby gettingthere » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:25 pm

This is a great idea!
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Re: Proposal to add "Wiki Changes" as a Community sub-forum

Postby karrows » Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:15 pm

Great idea, but there's problems.

Few will go to the wiki page to start a discussion of a problem. People start problems in other forums, and then it may evolve into "fix the wiki." In order for it to work I think there'd have to be active forum moderators that moved threads to the wiki forum when the wiki needed resolving.

Secondly I think a forum about the wiki discourages edits. As I noted in the lets vote on changes thread, requiring to have votes in a forum and deal with critics and troll's is enough to prevent 90% of the people from even trying. In my experience forums get a lot of people who like to complain but not take action. Wiki editors need to be positive action takers. So the forum is not necessarily conductive to what the Wiki actually needs.

In my opinion, go for it. Be bold! If someone doesn't like your wiki edits, there's an undo button they can press. Every wiki page has a discussion tab already for this purpose, so no forum is needed.
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Re: Proposal to add "Wiki Changes" as a Community sub-forum

Postby kentsmith9 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:28 am

Karrows wrote:Great idea, but there's problems.

Few will go to the wiki page to start a discussion of a problem...

Secondly I think a forum about the wiki discourages edits. As I noted in the lets vote on changes thread, requiring to have votes in a forum...

I think you may have missed my point. The forum is to allow:

1) people to comment on the Wiki who are afraid to make edits directly.
2) we do have forum moderators and they do move posts between forums when they are in the wrong place.
3) the only votes are for things outside of style, grammar, corrections, etc.

Karrows wrote:In my opinion, go for it. Be bold! If someone doesn't like your wiki edits, there's an undo button they can press. Every wiki page has a discussion tab already for this purpose, so no forum is needed.

We have that now. Anyone is welcome to make edits. I already have. I also believe there are things that would also benefit from discussion. Having edited thousands of Wikipedia articles, I found that controversial changes do better with discussion and prevents edit wars. If you don't like the forum idea, you don't have to read it.
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Re: Proposal to add "Wiki Changes" as a Community sub-forum

Postby mapcat » Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:31 pm

Excellent plan. I found your thread after seeing this one, so it looks like you'll want to touch base with imper1um and perhaps coordinate efforts.

Many thanks for working on this!
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Re: Proposal to add "Wiki Changes" as a Community sub-forum

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:47 pm

I think Kent and imper1um should get together and hammer out some cool stuff.
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Re: Proposal to add "Wiki Changes" as a Community sub-forum

Postby kentsmith9 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:16 am

AlanOfTheBerg wrote:I think Kent and imper1um should get together and hammer out some cool stuff.

Sweet! :D Thanks for noting that. I just sent my PM to see what we can coordinate on this.

Assuming we have no resistance to adding my proposed sub-forum here, is that accomplished through a request to support? I presume we do not manage the forums directly.
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Re: Proposal to add "Wiki Changes" as a Community sub-forum

Postby mapcat » Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:48 pm

kentsmith9 wrote:Assuming we have no resistance to adding my proposed sub-forum here, is that accomplished through a request to support? I presume we do not manage the forums directly.

I sent a request to the person who seems to have taken over for the person who used to add new sub-forums. If I hear anything I'll update you.
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Re: Proposal to add "Wiki Changes" as a Community sub-forum

Postby kentsmith9 » Sat Jun 23, 2012 4:37 am

Excellent.

Thanks
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Re: Proposal to add "Wiki Changes" as a Community sub-forum

Postby mapcat » Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:23 pm

Done. She put it under General; hope that's ok.
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