ProductWiki's first community meeting for 2008


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As per the scheduled community meetings discussion, it's time for our first meeting of 2008!

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Topics for discussion

  • Appropriate products (what kind of policies should be in place)
    • websites, pharmaceuticals, ebooks
    • media is the contentious one. CDs, Books, and video games - some people like them, others feel they're not the main purpose of the site, how to resolve?
  • Report guidelines. What kind of information should go in a report, what are the standards, manual of style etc
  • Moderators
    • What responsibilities?
    • How to pick them?

Update: Meeting finished last week. Here are the notes

1. What kind of products should be on the site

When determining whether or not a report should stay on the site is determined by 2 factors: importance of the product itself, and the quality of the report. So two extreme examples for clarification: 1) A CD like In Rainbows, or a book like Harry Potter just has a stub page for it, the page stays for improvement. 2) Some no-name book or website if the report is done with a good neutral description, etc, then it should stay. Therefore it's the non-notable products that need to make sure there are good reports to remain on the site.

2. Dealing with link spam

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has caused some problems on the web as people drop there links anywhere they can. ProductWiki is a good site that allows for links, and is thus a natural target for SEO-peeps, so we talked about how to deal with the problem. Tyrion recommended a system that lets people add links but they don't become "active" until another person confirms that it's useful. This led to a discussion on...

3. Moderators

It's been a long time coming, but members from the community will be given moderator status in the very near future.

Moderator duties

  • choose reports for to show up on the front page
  • edit/delete comments
  • edit/delete pros and cons, competitors, related products
  • delete external links

Moderators can't

  • delete product reports
  • delete an article/thread
  • ban users

Who will be moderators

 

This post was edited by Omar on 1/29/2008 12:02 PM
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Topics that I'd like to see discussed are:

  • Formalized criteria for speedy deletion. Let's agree on some standards so that when a new report is added it's clear as to whether it should be removed or not.
  • Moderators: Yes, it's been talked about for the past year now, but it's really happening! Do people want a nomination process, or just have the admins pick moderators? What kind of duties should moderators have?
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Topics that may be worth considering:

-Subscription products: Pandora, cell service, etc. Do they belong?

-Medicines! How should they be treated?

Also, what timezone is that listed in?

This post was edited by squalorking on 1/08/2008 5:16 PM
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I second squalorking's medicine topic. I'd add ebooks, websites and handmade products to that list.

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I'm assuming Omar meant EDT. (-0400 UTC). It matches the times listed on ProductWiki.

What I'm interested in:

-community wishlists, pains, priorities

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You might also want to talk about creating a policy for adding CDs and DVDs, seeing as there are many other resources for that on the net, and they might not be what PW is really about.
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I updated the OP with the timezone, and even added a link to a countdown so you'll always know how many seconds until the meeting starts.

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I will definetly be there, if only for a little while. I have some after school stuff to do that day, but the latest it can go is about 5:15 (7:15 your time).

This post was edited by SilenceOmo7 on 1/08/2008 11:40 PM
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I second dialup!

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dialup, who would second dialup? I second high speed.

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