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.


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

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


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 bookEdit

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

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 navigationEdit

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)

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