Talk:The future we deserve

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We should probably use the discussions page for some (or all) of the answers to the questions which come up.


FAQ[edit source]

How long should the essays be? Short about 500-800 words

When should the essays be completed? In 100 days Thursday, 7 October 2010.

Editorial[edit source]

For what audience is this book intended? Academics? Politicians? Thinkers? Doers? The proverbial 'general public'? – impacts the tone and style of the writing.

Approach: are the essays presenting a narrative vision of how the future could be; setting out an argument for how it should be; or something else?

The book[edit source]

If more than 99 (or 100) articles are proposed or written, 74(?) articles proposed as of 8 7 10, how will the 99 be chosen? Will this be done by consensus of those taking part? What will happen to those not chosen? These question still apply even if a sequence of books envisaged. Will there be any sort of 'quality' filtering, if so how and by whom? FAQ: to be approved by whom?, 'official' means what exactly? Abstracts: "we'll do some more work on...", who is the 'we'? Is some sort of 'specialized' sub-group (and so hierarchy?) implied? (Suggest best if as much openness and 'up-front'ness about these sorts of questions as possible Philralph 08:30, 1 July 2010 (UTC))


Philralph, I wrote the bit about the FAQ. I didn't want to presume I had the answers so I put in "approved" and "official", maybe I should have used other words. It was late. ;)

Bjelkeman 15.05, 1 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Bjelkeman, thanks for reply. I guess With enough eyes: On Criticism partly answers the 'quality' filtering question, but might there be more if and when publishers are approached? Philralph 08:40, 8 July 2010 (UTC)

Okay to add wikilinks?[edit source]

I run a bot (User:ChriswaterguyBot) which does various fixes, including searching for key phrases (such as solar power or community participation).

I normally exclude it from editing user pages, and student pages marked with one of the "inprogress" templates. Now, for the pages in The future we deserve project, they're still a part of the main wiki and it's good for key phrases to be wikilinked. But I want to check before I do it. --Chriswaterguy 05:46, 6 July 2010 (UTC)

Chris, I would recommend not doing this. The essays are very short and each word and link carefully selected. I think it would interfere with the work of the author to have automatic links inserted. Bjelkeman

Catergory and navigation[edit source]

Congratulations on the excellent project! Let me know if you would like help adding a category for the articles and/or a sidebar that helps navigate the submissions. Thanks, --Lonny 20:43, 11 July 2010 (UTC)