[pydotorg-www] project plan

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Thu Apr 22 22:19:20 CEST 2010

Paul Boddie wrote:
> On Thursday 22 April 2010 05:38:46 Carl Trachte wrote:
>> FWIW, I've had excellent luck with content addition on the Wiki, even
>> when I was being kind of incompetent and a pain in Skip and Paul
>> Boddie's butts.
> To be fair, Carl was never really incompetent. :-) Actually, Carl represents 
> very well someone who came in as an outsider and has edited content 
> significantly and successfully.
>> I still add a fair bit of content daily.  It doesn't make the site
>> maintainers' jobs any easier; those people have been very helpful and
>> patient with me.  If the current discourse is constructive, please
>> forgive my interrupting.  Otherwise it might be a good idea to sleep
>> on it, step back, and identify where the best place to start is.
> I don't think anyone has any problem with your edits, Carl. You've managed to 
> figure out any tricky technical issues and get on with what you intended to 
> do, I think. From being someone who hadn't edited the Wiki before, as far as 
> I know, to being a regular contributor, all in a short period of time, just 
> goes to show how the process of widening the collaborator base is supposed to 
> work.
> Indeed, it's quite a contrast to the mindset that (justifiably or not) applied 
> to other assets until recently: that people are not to be trusted and where 
> motivated people get turned away because a relatively small group of people 
> with their own networks of acquaintances happen not to have heard of them.

This makes more work for already busy people, and reduces the likelihood
that "outsiders" will become "insiders" by contributing. Except that I
don't like those terms.

>> My own preference is to let Richard shape things a bit more (right
>> now, his doc is a start) and work with what he lays out.  No, I don't
>> have the skill set to do a lot of the heavy lifting, but I do have a
>> little skin in the game and have demonstrated some trainability.
>> Apologies if I've spoken out of turn.
> I think we should be asking more people like you about these matters, and you 
> don't need to apologise for that. :-)

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