[This page is under construction. Over the next week I will incorporate the ideas in the discussions]
To enable more people to contribute in meaningful and effective ways to BetterGEDCOM, the following rules and guidelines should be followed when contributing to the BetterGEDCOM Wiki:
These rules are the general guidelines for the entire Wiki. Specific sections of the Wiki may have additional rules that further clarify the process for that section.
See also the wiki page-Proposal for BetterGEDCOM to C.A.R.E
The BetterGEDCOM Wiki has several moderators who moderate over various sections. The responsibility of a moderator is to ensure that all rules are followed in their respective sections.
When participating in BetterGEDCOM, courtesy for others should always be a top priority.
There are two types of pages on the BetterGEDCOM Wiki: official and non-official pages. Official pages represent content adopted by the BetterGEDCOM community. Content on official pages must be approved by the community using the "adoption" process outlined below. Official pages are tagged with the “Official” tag. Non-official pages can be started by any community member and do not have any restrictions on content other than relevance to BetterGEDCOM. There is no formal adoption process for modifying content and posting discussions on non-official pages.
Official Page Content Adoption Process
Editing Official Pages
Anyone is free to make small changes to official pages such as correcting grammatical errors or minor rewording for better clarification. Fundamental changes must go through the approval process as specified in the “Discussions” section below to ensure community consensus.
Each page has a "Discussion" tab where community members can discuss the content of the page. On official pages there are 3 types of discussions: questions/comments, proposals and votes. Proposals are focused discussions that debate specific content for inclusion/modification of the respective pages. Votes indicate each participating community member's vote on a specific proposal discussion. All other discussions are normal question/comment type discussions relating to the page.
Proposal discussions start with a community member presenting exact content to add to or change the respective page. The subject of the discussion must start with “PROPOSAL:”. Discussion and debate between community members then starts with each post remaining on-topic to the original proposal. Moderators are responsible for keeping the debate on-topic. Although not required, when an opposing argument is made, counter content should be presented that corrects the debated weakness of the proposed content. The ultimate result of the proposal after adequate debate is the adoption of content into the page or postponement of the discussion because it becomes clear that a different issue must be solved first in order to adequately address the proposed content.
Once it becomes clear from the discussion that community members have come to a consensus on one or more variations on the original proposed content, or postponement is in order, and all participants have had an opportunity to voice their opinion, the moderator or other community member motions for a vote. If a second member seconds the motion, a new discussion thread is started with the exact same subject except PROPOSAL is replaced with VOTE. A link to this new VOTE discussion is added to the PROPOSAL discussion. Once a vote is initiated all debate on the original proposal discussion is ended. The initial post for the VOTE discussion re-states the exact content incorporating any changes that came about by the debate. If multiple variations exist they are enumerated. Voting is now open. A voting discussion cannot propose changes. Community members simply choose the option they like the best by replying to the discussion with their preference. After a fixed time period (1 week), or it is clear that all community members who contributed to the proposal discussion (and thus have interest in this particular decision) have posted their vote and a minimum period of 48 hours has elapsed [discussion
], the winning proposal (by simple majority) is accepted and put into the actual page and the vote is closed.
Community members are not required to vote, however, only community members who have identified themselves on the "Who are we?" page are permitted to vote.[discussion
] However, to keep the decision process as rapid as possible, if all members who contributed to the proposal discussion have cast their vote and a minimum period of 48 hours has elapsed [discussion
], the vote is closed. Also, if the time period for the vote expires, all votes are counted and the vote is closed. If a community member has an opinion, but is not actively debating the issue, he/she can insure they do not miss the vote by posting at least once to the proposal discussion. This can be as simple as posting "I want to vote on this". This ensures the vote is not closed without their vote unless he/she misses the fixed time period.
If a community member later takes issue with the content, and that issue was not already discussed and debated in the proposal discussion, that member can start the process over with a new PROPOSAL discussion.
PROPOSAL and VOTE Keywords
The purpose of PROPOSAL and VOTE keywords in the discussion subject is to give community members an easy way to quickly identify and search discussions that effect the official pages of the project. As more people join the community, the volume of discussions will continue to increase such that most community members will not have time to follow all the discussions. When that happens, these identifying keywords will become critical.
Creating an Official Page
An official page originally starts off as a non-official page. A community member or group of community members collaborate until the page is ready. A proposal discussion is started that proposes that the objective of the page warrants an official page and that the subject page be adopted as the official first draft. The debate and discussion in this proposal centers on whether the objective of the page warrants an official page and whether the page should be adopted as the first draft. Discussion does not center on the specific content of the page. Once the proposal is approved and the page becomes the first draft of the page, community members can then propose changes and additions to the page as normal addressing their concerns on specific content.