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From Rich Bowen <>
Subject Re: Comments in docs
Date Thu, 03 May 2012 16:20:25 GMT

On May 3, 2012, at 12:08 PM, Nick Kew wrote:

>> I've long been a fan of the PHP documentation - specifically, the way that they solicit
commentary from readers, and then fold that commentary into the docs. Not only did it encourage
me to comment on the docs, it also got me involved in the PHP documentation project, at least
marginally. The barrier to entry is so low that all you have to do is be a writer.
> I introduced a comment mechanism at apachetutor, only to find a predominance of spam
> anything worth having (a very occasional worthwhile comment or question that provoked
> to update something).  There's also an annoying-spam issue on our httpd wiki.
> How does PHP documentation deal with the problem of spam?

I've noticed *very* little spam in the php docs. They have an "are you a human" type of math
word problem that you have to answer. Like "What is five minus one". But they also moderate
the comments as they come in, which is a thankless job. I think that it's worthwhile, but
will require some folks volunteering to staff this. I volunteer.

Rich Bowen :: @rbowen

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