[tdwg-content] poking from TDWG wiki's

Chuck Miller Chuck.Miller at mobot.org
Thu Apr 7 00:07:49 CEST 2011

Why not send a tweet notification with a bit.ly to the Wiki?




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[mailto:tdwg-content-bounces at lists.tdwg.org] On Behalf Of Bob Morris
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 2:19 PM
To: tdwg-content at lists.tdwg.org
Subject: [tdwg-content] poking from TDWG wiki's


What if the list tdwg-content received a notification from each TDWG
wiki when a page changed? These are fairly unobtrusive and presently
infrequent (because most TDWG wiki's are inactive). They summarize the
change and give links to the new content. I believe that they are set to
notify only once a day. I \think/ this can be accomplished without more
than edit privilege on the wikis, and if nobody raises major objection,
I'll try to implement it for SDD, MRTG, and AnnotationsIG and we can see
if it is a help or an annoyance.


Pros: No need to make announcements or comments in two places.
WikiLuddites can still respond in the mailing list. No need to opt-in
for Wiki change notices. One click to relevant information.


Cons: Default is to summarize changes, so people who want to respond in
the mailing list have to proactively visit the relevant Wiki and perhaps
cut/paste into their reply. Spammy feeling if a wiki suddenly become
very active. Wiki users who do not subscribe to tdwg-content won't see
email discussion of wiki pages.


Another possibility is to do this in some other mailing list, perhaps
even one devoted to entirely to the notifications. But to me, an active
mailing list seems more productive.  After all, wiki content is nothing
if not TDWG content....


Bob Morris

Robert A. Morris

Emeritus Professor  of Computer Science
100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125-3390

IT Staff

Filtered Push Project

Department of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology

Harvard University



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