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From Daniel Gruno <>
Subject Re: Questions for further discussion about Documentation commentary system
Date Wed, 09 May 2012 12:07:21 GMT
On 09-05-2012 13:35, Lucien Gentis wrote:
> Hello everybody,
>   * Should translations have their own separate discussion threads, or
>     should they show the same thread as the English version?
> I think each translation should have their own separate discussion
> threads, because I can't imagine a french discussion appended to a
> turkish or korean document ; it would probably get no answer !
A valid point, and that's also what we're doing currently in the testing
>   * If this is adopted to other branches, should 2.4 and trunk (and
>     possibly 2.2) be linked, or should each branch have a separate
>     discussion per subject?
> The discussion must appear in each version it applies to.

This is a bit more tricky than that. If we were to attempt to have the
discussion "appear in each version it applies to", the closest we could
get would be to merge it on a per-module basis, so that fx. core.xml
would have the same discussion thread in 2.2 and 2.4. This could however
cause a lot of trouble, since 2.4 has upgrades like If, Else and so on,
which do not appear in 2.2. So I think our best option is to keep the
versions separate. A more general problem with this is that Google
continues to point to our 2.0 documentation whenever someone comes here
for help, so they'll never hit the discussion threads. If we could
Redirect those requests to our 2.2 or 2.4, then we'd have way more
people using our current docs and participating in the discussions. But
perhaps that's a totally different discussion.

>   * Should we do regular XML exports of the discussion, and if so, where
>     should we store it?
> A good question ! :-) Let's go to the next one (this only means I have
> no answer)

I think we can postpone a resolution on this matter for a while, since
it doesn't look like Disqus is going bankrupt just yet.

>   * Who will moderate, and how will new moderators be picked?
> I think moderators should be people who actually write the docs, because
> in addition to moderation, probably they will have to answer complex
> questions.
> As a translator (and I only speek for my own case), I probably (and even
> surely) won't be able to answer all questions.

I think the discussions are more of a "help yourself and others" type of
discussion, where we hope other readers will be able to help out, and
not just the docs people working 24/7 to answer questions. Regarding who
should be moderators, I think that by allowing others from the docs@
list to become moderators, we would lower the bar for participating, and
wouldn't require everyone to sign an ICLA just to moderate comments.

>   * Which approach to moderating the discussions would be best? For
>     instance, should we approve all comments before they are shown, and
>     who should be allowed to comment?
> I think that, as a test you could allow everybody to comment, at least
> in the beginning, and see as time passes if it is appropriate.
> How to moderate : I think all comment that's related to the subject must
> be accepted.

I agree with this - let's see if spam or ill will is actually an issue
before we decide on this :)

With regards,

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