[Python-ideas] An etherpad for every idea

Masklinn masklinn at masklinn.net
Wed Jan 11 15:02:58 CET 2012

On 2012-01-11, at 14:55 , anatoly techtonik wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 4:31 PM, Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net> wrote:
>> On Tue, 10 Jan 2012 16:16:09 +0300
>> anatoly techtonik <techtonik at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> So I propose to have a summary for each thread in Etherpad -
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etherpad - that will provide current
>> current
>>> summary of email thread, describing original problem, its evolution,
>>> arguments and counter-arguments.
>> Are you willing to maintain it? Feel free to create and update etherpad
>> summaries for a few of our current discussion threads, so that we see
>> if that's useful.
> The idea is about collaborative service, not a  "community job offer" for
> single person, responsible to maintain and update summaries for email
> threads on some wiki page.

That does not preclude maintaining:
1. Somebody needs to handle the hardware and software stack, check that the load is acceptable, test software updates and deploy them, handle ACLs if any, …
2. Information is not going to self-organize over the whole platform, people will need to keep track of the various documents being created and provide an entry point for the service (linking to various sub-trees)
3. Open-edition systems (wikis, etherpad instances, …) are subject to vandalism, spam and edit wars, there needs to be people and tools able to manage both issues, cleanup the crap in the first two cases and potentially temporarily lock documents in the latter.

You're the one who brought it up and suggested it would be a valuable tool, the onus is on you to demonstrate it and it makes sense that you'd be the one maintaining it until then.

Hence Antoine's question/suggestion.

>  The architecture should be inspiring for people
> to provide summaries when they start to find threads confusing, need to
> organize ideas around the threads or keep the discussion focused.

Good luck with that.

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