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Re: What is the purpose of a Docs CMS?



On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 01:47:32AM -0800, Karsten Wade wrote:
[...a lot more than this, snip...]
> There is nothing about the current scm2web auto-publish system that a
> few tool changes can't fix, but we're tired and under-staffed for
> supporting a one-off, NIH content system.  Rather than teach its
> arcana to more people, I'd rather ditch it and move on.

Your previous posts are the clearest statements about Docs status in
recent memory.  We just want people to be able to contribute
meaningfully in a way that makes sense to them.

* The wiki allows everyone to contribute with zero barrier to entry.
  Write and publish immediately.  Since anyone can write anything
  there, caveat emptor.

* A CMS with an easy editor would basically be the equivalent of "a
  wiki you can trust just a bit more," because there's an editorial
  staff dedicated to it by virtue of it being the "official"
  documentation site.

It might be important to note that the CMS is really an experiment,
something to try that we really haven't done yet.  If it doesn't work,
the natural fall back might be to abandon all the editorial
mumbo-jumbo and simply concentrate solely on the wiki from there on
out.  That's a bridge that can be crossed later too.

And of course, this is just my $0.02 as a Docs contributor.  A lot of
the above is pure hogwash until (and unless) the next Docs leader
agrees.

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