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    Re: FAQ Proposal
    From: Dan Hogan
    Date: 2003 Oct 2, 21:21 -0700

    I'll sure out it on the web page.
    On 2 Oct 2003 at 19:40, Dan Allen wrote:
    > One of the great things about this NAV-L mailing list is the cumulative
    > wisdom of its contributors.  This wisdom is only partially presented in
    > the threads that have come and gone over the years which can be browsed
    > on a website somewhere.
    > If we wrote a slick FAQ document, it would do two things for us:
    > 1) help give quick answers to newcomers so that we don't have to
    > reinvent the wheel each time somebody asks a basic questions,
    > and far more importantly,
    > 2) it will help us gather our thoughts together and begin to give our
    > many threads some organization and structure.
    > Here is a proposal to be considered by the group, a procedure for how
    > we as a group could produce an FAQ that would quickly becoming a
    > best-selling book!  Well, to a modest audience, but it could be a real
    > addition to science if we did it right.
    > STEP 1: gathering questions
    > Let's make a short list of one line questions.  We could have everyone
    > mail a list of basic and intermediate navigation questions to somebody
    > (I volunteer), who could gather and categorize them and remove
    > duplicates.  This would constitute a basic place to start.
    > STEP 2: writing first pass answers to questions
    > The list gathered in step one could be sent to the group.  If there are
    > questions that you think you could tackle, you would let me know and
    > you would write an answer to the question.
    > STEP 3: critiquing answers
    > Once an answer is written, it could be posted to the group for critique
    > and comments.
    > STEP 4: adding to the FAQ
    > Once it made it through step 3 it would be added to the FAQ.
    > We could in fact attribute authorship to each question answered.
    > Another thing we could do is choose or even vote and have whoever we
    > consider the resident expert on a particular topic write that answer,
    > or we could just let people submit answers, or perhaps we could have
    > several people submit several different answers to the same question
    > and then pick the best one for inclusion in The Document.
    > Now in some sense we have already done this: just look at our thread
    > archive and you will see we have dealt with many questions and some of
    > them many times.  It therefore stands to reason that someone with a lot
    > of time and a nice collection of the past many years of email could
    > cobble together an FAQ made of the conclusions of various questions
    > that have been raised over the years, but the problem is that multiple
    > authors for a given issue make a smooth narrative a rare event (a
    > notable exception is George's great series on lunars).
    > Is all of this way too much process?  Is this too much work?  Is what I
    > am considering of any interest to the rest of you?  Does anyone else
    > think this would be a good way to tackle the challenge of our bringing
    > together all of our various perspectives and knowledge to make a common
    > document?  Is there a better way?
    > I await your views.
    > Dan Allen
    > 47?28.915' N, 121?47.850' W

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