[Foundation-l] Is popularity a good thing for us?

Andrew Whitworth wknight8111 at gmail.com
Sun Dec 16 16:42:13 UTC 2007

> First, Google requires an indexing number within the news item URL, IIRC 5
> digits or more. This - to my way of thinking - would be best met by serving
> up a URL containing the flagged revision's id. If a non-logged in user
> requests this page and a later version is currently flagged a supercedes
> header should be returned to the browser.
> Second, from looking at the test wiki for F.R. it seems the usual
> configuration is you can't flag until you have a certain edit count, and
> been on-wiki for a certain time. This isn't appropriate for an editorial
> review team. We have a number of people who I'd trust fully with the buttons
> on their home language, but not on en. where it is their 3rd or 4th
> language. Everyone on the editorial team would meet these criteria, but not
> everyone meeting these criteria should be on the editorial team.

These are both compelling reasons for a separate website, or a
separate section of the existing wikinews website, should be created.
Think of Veropedia as a guide for this. You create news stories
on-wiki at Wikinews, and then you move them over to the static
website, after they have been properly checked. This is similar to how
Wikinews currently uses a blog that must be manually updated to show
the most current wikinews stories. The list of people with upload
access to the static site would be small, and likely selected by the
community directly (as opposed to simple technical requirements).

Once hosted in a separate place, they could be given indexing numbers,
properly forwarded to the correct locations, etc.

--Andrew Whitworth

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